The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) convened for its 106th Full Council Meeting on 24 June 2021 via teleconference. Among others, the meeting highlighted the discussion of the action plan on the Regional implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia case Supreme Court ruling in view of the issuance of Executive Order (E.O.) 138, S. 2021, and the orientation on implementing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects for local government units (LGUs).

Relative to the devolution of basic services to the local government units (LGUs), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Caraga OIC-Regional Director Jenneth C. Partosa apprised the Council on the developments relative to the rollout of said EO in the Region. She urged the regional line agencies (RLAs) to coordinate with their respective central offices on the submission of their Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs). The LGUs on the other hand were encouraged to simultaneously prepare the same.

The meeting also featured the discussion on the status of PPP projects in the Region. Said discussion cum orientation emphasized the role of the LGUs in the implementation of the PPP program and the need to improve Caraga’s PPP portfolio. PPP Center Executive Director Eleazar E. Ricote highlighted to the local chief executives (LCEs) the potential of PPP engagements in attaining their infrastructure and development priorities in their respective localities. Given this, Caraga RDC Chairperson and Agusan del Norte
Gov. Dale B. Corvera encouraged the LGUs to undertake PPP projects that are aligned with their local development plans and priorities. The discussion on the said matter also served as a channel for LCEs and private sector representatives (PSRs) alike to air their queries and clarifications on the guiding principles in the implementation of PPP projects.  

During the same meeting, the Council also recognized the LGU of Butuan for qualifying as among the Top 50 Champion Cities of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Mayors Challenge. In the Philippines, only the cities of Manila and Butuan emerged as finalists to the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, a worldwide innovation competition that encourages and spreads the cities’ most promising ideas.

Article by: Patricia B. Radaza, NRO XIII