The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) endorsed a total of PhP 164 Billion in
FY 2023 budget proposals from the regional line agencies (RLAs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) during its 109th (First Quarter 2022) Full Council Meeting on
08 March 2022 via videoconference.
In his opening message, Gov. Corvera highlighted the importance of the review conducted on said budget proposals. He remarked, “I encourage everyone to take part in today’s discussion as these programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) play a vital role in expediting the Region’s recovery and addressing developmental gaps in the Region.” He closed his message by challenging the Council officials and members to remain focused on the Council’s development priorities given their remaining term.
From the Region’s total endorsed budgets for FY 2023, the Infrastructure Sector accounts for approximately 29 percent of the total proposed budget, amounting to PhP 85.3 Billion, followed by the Social Sector with PhP 66.02 Billion, comprising 22 percent of the total proposed budget. The Economic and Development Administration Sectors jointly comprise the remaining 49 percent of the aggregate amount.
The endorsed budgets also include the following development interventions through the RLAs’ and SUCs’ budget proposal, viz:
- PhP 2.95 Billion for 125 PPAs supporting the Caraga Regional Recovery Plan (RRP) from COVID-19;
- PhP 28.21 Billion for 633 PPAs supporting the RTF-ELCAC priority areas;
- PhP 8.20 Billion for 268 PPAs in support to the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program; and
- PhP 9.29 Billion for 343 PPAs for severely affected areas by Typhoon Odette in the Region.
Also highlighted during the meeting are the Region’s most competitive provinces, component cities, and municipalities as recognized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga through the 2021 Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index (CMCI). The regional awarding ceremonies conducted during the meeting recognized local government units (LGUs) that displayed readiness and competitiveness based on CMCI’s economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency pillars. The following LGUs ranked first overall, viz:
- Surigao del Norte (Province Category);
- Surigao City (Component Cities Category);
- Municipality of San Francisco (1st to 2nd Class Municipalities Category);
- Municipality of San Jose (3rd to 4th Class Municipalities Category); and
- Municipality of General Luna (5th to 6th Class Municipalities).
The Council also commended Caraga RDC Chairperson and Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Dale B. Corvera for being elected as the new Asia-Pacific Scout Region (APR) Scout Committee Chairperson for the term 2022-2025 during the 27th APR Scout Conference through Resolution No. 04, S. 2022.