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The Regional Development Council (RDC) is the highest policy-making body of the regions and is the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all the regions’ economic and social development efforts. The Caraga RDC is currently preparing for its reorganization in light of the 2022 national and local elections. Among the main steps in the reorganization process is the selection of Private Sector Representatives (PSRs), which shall constitute 25 percent of the Council’s total membership pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 325, S. 1996, as amended. In view of the foregoing, the Caraga RDC is now accepting nominations for the selection of the new set of PSRs for 2022-2025 term of office from May to June 2022.

The engagement of the private sectors in the Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) is crucial in ensuring that issues and concerns from all sectors are mainstreamed in the regional development process. Thus, the RDC encourages the private sector to actively participate in its PSR selection process.

  1. WHO MAY NOMINATE

The PSR nominee must be formally nominated by a qualified Private Sector Organization (PSO), Civil Society Organization (CSO), and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) duly accredited by the RDC. The PSO/CSO/NGO must meet the following qualifications to participate in the PSR selection process:

  1. Legal Personality. The PSO/CSO/NGO must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or accredited by any government agency and LGU, which registers/accredits organizations and associations for the purpose of bestowing legal personality;
  2. Performance. The PSO/CSO/NGO must have conducted pertinent sector/subsector activities for at least three (3) years from date of registration in the Region;
  3. Nationality. The PSO/CSO/NGO must be a Filipino organization. PSO/CSO/NGO managed by foreigners, and whose officers and members are primarily composed of foreign nationals, or are considered branches or affiliates of foreign organizations are disqualified;
  4. Scope of Operation. The PSO/CSO/NGO must operate or cover at least two (2) provinces/cities in the Region or Region-wide in scope; and
  5. Others. An organization that has government officials and employees as ex-officio members of the Governing Board, or whose operations are funded by the government, are disqualified.  Financial support by the government to specific projects shall not be considered as funding support to operations.

All interested PSRs must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Citizenship. PSR nominees must be Filipino citizens of legal age, not otherwise disqualified by law, with proven track record in socio-economic development in the Region, and must be willing and able to participate in all RDC activities.
  2. Occupation. A PSR nominee must not hold any government position, whether appointive or elective, and must not receive any remuneration (i.e. salary) from the government while serving as private sector representative to the RDC.
  3. Track record. Must have a proven track record in socioeconomic development in the Region especially in the sector represented or in his/her respective area for at least three years and must be able to execute the functions and responsibilities of RDC PSR.
  4. Nomination. The nominee must be formally nominated, by a qualified PSO/CSO/NGO, which is duly registered/ accredited with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or accrediting national government agencies (NGA) and local government units (LGUs).
  1. PSR SECTORAL REPRESENTATION

As provided by Executive Order (EO) No. 384, S. 1996 and Caraga RDC Resolution No. 11-D, S. 2019, the following priority sectors and its corresponding areas of interest were identified to ensure that the Region’s sectoral issues and concerns are properly addressed, viz:

SectorAreas of Interest
1FisheryFishery production, productivity, trade, and artisanal fisherfolk per RA 8425 or the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act.
2AgricultureAgriculture production, productivity, trade, and farmer-peasant per RA 8425 or the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act.
3ForestryLumber/timber production, productivity and trade.
4MineralMining production and processing, productivity, and trade.
5EcotourismEco-tourism and heritage tourism.
6BusinessReal estate, trade, investment, commerce, manufacturing.
7EnvironmentEnvironment and natural resources, watershed management, solid waste and sanitation.
8LaborLabor organizations per EO No. 384, S. 1996.
9Basic SectorDisadvantaged sectors of Caraga region such as farmer-peasant, artisanal fisher folk, women, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, youth and students, children, urban poor, and cooperatives.
10Indigenous PeopleIndigenous people and cultural communities.
11EducationBasic and higher education, vocational and technical education, human resource development.
12HealthHealth and sanitation, nutrition, family planning.
13Development AdministrationPeace and development, governance, disaster risk management and development planning. 
14LogisticsTransportation, energy, water and utilities, telecommunications, information technology, irrigation, flood control, construction, and other infrastructure activities.
  1. SELECTION PROCESS

 The RDC-PSR nomination and confirmation process shall be guided by the following steps:

Prequalification

  1. The RDC Secretariat shall generate the list of accredited PSOs/CSOs/NGOs from government agencies and LGUs in the Region. Invitations to prospective PSOs shall be sent out by the Secretariat.
  2. Interested organizations shall submit a filled-out Profile Sheet (Annex A) and certified true copies of supporting documents such as certificate of registration from SEC or accreditation from any government agencies and LGU and proof of project engagement/s on the sector that the organization is interested to represent.
  3. The RDC Secretariat shall conduct desk validation on the submissions of the interested PSO/CSO/NGO.
  4. The RDC Secretariat shall prepare a validated list of qualified PSO/CSO/NGO.
  5. The RDC Secretariat shall send-out letters to qualified PSO/CSO/NGO to participate in the PSR nomination process.

Nomination of PSRs

  1. The qualified PSO/CSO/NGO shall submit to the Secretariat a filled-out PSR and Voter’s Nomination Form and PSR Nominee Information Sheet.
  2. A PSO/CSO/NGO can only have a maximum of one nominee per sector. If a PSO is qualified for two sectors, the said PSO can have a maximum of two PSR nominees, one in each sector.
  3.  A qualified PSO/CSO/NGO and its subsidiaries and affiliates shall be counted as one PSO/CSO/NGO only, except in cases where such affiliates or subsidiaries have distinct and separate legal personalities.
  4.  The nominee may at the same time be the voter unless the PSO/CSO/NGO so designates an authorized voter during the selection process.
  5.  From the submissions of interested PSOs, the RDC Secretariat shall prepare the list of nominees and voters per sector.

Voting and Proclamation

  1.  From the submissions of interested PSOs/CSOs/NGOs, the Secretariat shall prepare the list of nominees and voters per sector.
  2.  The RDC Secretariat shall prepare and send-out letters inviting the PSR nominees and voters to attend the PSR Selection Convention at least two weeks prior to the event.
  3.  The RDC Secretariat shall convene the official nominees and the official voters representing the qualified PSOs for the purpose of selecting the 14 PSRs to the Council.
  4.  During the PSR selection convention, the RDC Secretariat shall orient the official nominees and voters about the RDC and the qualifications and duties of the PSR nominees.
  5.  Participants shall then be divided into four breakout groups per Sectoral Committee. The PSR nominees shall present the platform/development agenda that they want to pursue during their term if included as among the PSRs.
  6.  The selection shall be administered/ facilitated by the respective Sectoral Committee Secretariat and shall be done simultaneously through secret balloting.
  7. Every PSO voter shall be entitled to one (1) vote.
  8. In cases where there is a tie among PSR nominees in the first round of voting, the nominees will decide among themselves who will assume the slot via consensus. Otherwise, the nominees may opt to draw by lots or toss coin to settle the tie.
  9. In cases wherein there are only two PSR nominees vying for a slot in one sector, the nominees will decide among themselves who will assume the slot via consensus, or may opt to draw by lots or to toss coin.
  10. The RDC Secretariat shall tally the votes garnered and proclaim the nominees with the highest number of votes as the representative for that sector.
  11. The selected PSRs shall then sign the Pledge of Commitment prepared by the RDC Secretariat.

Confirmation

  1. The RDC Ex-Officio members shall confirm the selected PSRs during the RDC Reorganizational Meeting that will be held after the selection of the new set of PSRs.
  2. Upon confirmation by the RDC, the PSRs shall read before the Council the Pledge of Commitment during the RDC Full Council Meeting.                   
  1. DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION

Please submit the filled-out Profile Sheet (Annex A) to the Caraga RDC Secretariat with a cover letter addressed to Dir. Priscilla R. Sonido, CESO III, Vice Chairperson, RDC Caraga and Regional Director, National Economic and Development Authority Caraga.

Submissions may also be sent through email at nro13@neda.gov.ph on or before
31 May 2022.

For more information, please contact us at 0920-607-9840 or nro13@neda.gov.ph.

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