The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) convened for its 110th (Second Quarter 2022) Full Council Meeting on 10 June 2022 via videoconference. Among others, the meeting featured the adoption of the 2021 Caraga Regional Development Report (RDR) and the conferment of plaques of recognition to the Caraga RDC officials and private sector representatives (PSRs) under the 2019-2022 term of office.
During said meeting, the Caraga RDC assessed the Region’s performance from 2017-2021 through the 2021 Caraga RDR. The RDR highlighted that the Region’s economy expanded by 7.2 percent in 2021 from a decline of 6.9 percent in 2020, with a gross regional domestic product of PhP 305.56 Billion. Caraga currently ranks as the fifth fastest-growing economy in the Country and second-fastest in Mindanao.
The Council also discussed and adopted the following major strategies contained in the RDR to achieve the targets identified in the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) Results Matrices (RM) 2017-2022, among others:
- Rationalize the local government units’ (LGUs’) appropriations structure taking into account the Mandanas-Garcia Case ruling implementation;
- Expand investment in agri-fishery development and increase access to growth opportunities;
- Improve budget approval rate of proposed infrastructure programs and projects (PAPs); and
- Expand multicultural education and access to information and services by the indigenous peoples (IPs) and indigenous cultural communities (ICCs).
Given the upcoming change in administration, the Council recognized the accomplishments and contributions of its outgoing officials and PSRs under the 2019-2022 term of office. Caraga RDC Chairperson and Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera thanked the Council’s officials and members for their support and commitment to achieve the Region’s vision of becoming the “Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mineral, and Ecotourism” or FAME Center of the Country. He remarked, “With your support and commitment, I can confidently say that we are exiting this term on a positive note as the Region continues along its recovery trajectory from the pandemic.”
The Council also endorsed nine additional proposed special economic zones (SEZs) across the Region. Said SEZs are seen to stimulate economic growth by expanding the Region’s total output and increasing jobs generated therein. The meeting marked the Council’s final meeting for the 2019-2022 term of office.