The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted its Fourth Quarter 2021 Full Council meeting on November 29, 2021, via videoconference. On behalf of Caraga RDC Chairperson and Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Dale B. Corvera, the meeting was presided over by Caraga RDC-Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) Chairperson and Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr. The meeting highlighted the recognition of the winners of the 2021 Search for Outstanding COVID-19 Volunteers (SOCV) in the Region.

The SOCV, initiated by Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), aims to recognize volunteers across regions who offered their services, skills, and resources during the pandemic. In the opening message of the RDC Chairperson read by Gov. Cane, he applauded the outstanding volunteers for their tireless endeavors, “You deserve the highest appreciation at the very least. Through your commendable work and example, you have all inspired us in the Council and the Region for that matter.” This year’s most outstanding COVID-19 volunteers in the Region for the individual and organization categories are Ms. Kristal Liza C. Besario and the Philippine Army Reserve Command – 1502 Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion, 1502 Community Defense Center, 15th Regional Community Defense Group, respectively. Both will represent Caraga in the 2021 National SOCV.

The most outstanding COVID-19 volunteers in Caraga for the individual and organization categories and their volunteer works.

During the said meeting, the Council also endorsed the FY 2023 Annual Investment Program (AIP) and the FY 2023-2025 Three-Year Rolling Infrastructure Program (TRIP) of the Region. A total of 2,340 PPAs amounting to PhP 162.51 Billion and 2,709 infrastructure PPAs amounting to PhP 247.70 Billion were enrolled in the Region’s FY 2023 AIP and FY 2023-2025 TRIP, respectively. 

Relative to the devolution of basic services to the local government units (LGUs), the Regional Committee on Devolution (RComDev) also apprised the Council on the submission of the National Government Agency (NGA) Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs) at the regional level. As of 23 November 2021, 16 out of the 20 NGAs in the Region have submitted their respective DTPs.

Patricia B. Radaza EDS I, NRO Caraga