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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Western Visayas Medium Term Development Plan up for public consultations

PIA Press Release
2010/12/03

Western Visayas Medium Term Development Plan up for public consultations

Iloilo (3 December) -- The draft Medium Term Regional Development Plan for Western Visayas 2010-2016 is now up for public consultations, a NEDA6 press release said.

The same press release said some of these consultations were already done in the provinces of Capiz and in Iloilo, last November 18 and 24 respectively, facilitated by Regional Planning committees and participated in by a cross section of the public sector.

The public consultations for kalibo were held last week of November 30, while for Negros Occidental, December 2.

NEDA 6 Director Ro-Ann Bacal said the MTRDP will not only translate President Aquino's development agenda as his social contract with the people, but will also attempt to solve a number of issues that hinder the full development of Western Visayas.

NEDA Information Officer Cynthia Lumampao said the new MTRDP embodies the vision, core values general principles, objectives/targets, strategies and major programs, projects and activities that the region will pursue in the next six years.

Lumampao said the plan contains 11 chapters: Macroeconomy, Competitive Industry and Services Sectors, Tourism Development, Modern Agriculture, Infrastructure Support, Human Resource Development, Research and Development Thrusts, Biofuels and Renewable Energy Development, Good governance and the Rule of Law, Peace and Security, and environment and Natural Resources.

She said the enhanced draft as result of the consultations, will be presented to the major sector and special committees of the RDC and the final draft will be submitted to the Full Council for its adoption and subsequent endorsement to the Office of the President.

"The MTRDP will be completed by December 2010, while the MTRD Investment Program that translates the Plan into concrete programs and projects, will be submitted by April 2011. (NEDA/PIA/ESS

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