CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 24 (PIA)–To align local interventions with regional priorities, the National Economic and Development Authority-Regional Office (NEDA)-X presents the Northern Mindanao COVID-19 Regional Recovery Program (RRP) and Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP²) Program to the provincial and city governments as part of its advocacy activities.
NEDA-X Regional Director and Regional Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee Head Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño sat with the City Council of Cagayan de Oro and the Provincial Councils of Camiguin and Bukidnon where she detailed the key strategies and the investment requirements to ensure swift rebound from the current economic slump caused by the pandemic and the equitable spread of development opportunities throughout the region.
The local government units as the frontline in the delivery of basic services are expected to support and provide resources particularly in their local recovery plans/programs to address the adverse impact of the health crisis.
Based on the data from government agencies and estimations from trends, the region will need P197.6 billion in investments for the rest of the year until 2022 for the rehabilitation and recovery efforts. The social services sector, which focuses on health and education, has the largest slice at 76 percent or P150 billion. This is followed by the transportation sector at P24 billion, the economic sector at P14 billion, and the governance sector and other cross cutting concerns at P7 billion.
Aligning with the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update, the RRP was formulated to ensure “safer, adaptive, and disaster-resilient Filipino communities towards sustainable development.”
Moreover, taking off from Executive Order No. 114 signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on 06 May 2020, the BP² Program is institutionalized to balance out distribution of wealth, resources, and opportunities, shifting from urban to rural areas.
The agency led by Cariño will visit Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and Lanao del Norte provinces and Iligan City once travel restrictions will ease for the last leg of the rollout. (NEDA X/PIA10)