By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) started laying down the foundation for inclusive growth in Caraga region by the year 2022.
The RDC adopted several programs in an effort to become the “Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mineral and Eco-tourism (FAME) center of the country” by developing the region’s abundant resources in fishery, agriculture, forestry, mining and eco-tourism by year 2022.
These sectors have been observed as the growth drivers of the region’s economy, generating employment for the region.
The productivity improvement of the said sectors would result in employment creation, income and revenue generation and poverty reduction.
“FAME is already in our program and will only strengthen it and add more innovative programs and action for each local government unit to hit our target,” said Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas, who is the RDC-Caraga chairperson for two consecutive terms.
The members of the RDC will kick off the provincial launch of their Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 in the municipality of Dinagat, province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) on July 19.
The RDP is anchored on the 0-10 point socioeconomic agenda of the Duterte administration, which is geared toward realizing ‘AmBisyon Natin’ 2040 of a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay.” At the short-term, the RDP would lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust society and a globally-competitive knowledge economy at the regional level by 2022.
The kick off will be attended by officials from the local government units, private sector and civil society organizations.
The regional office of the National Economic Development Authority based here is preparing some agenda previously endorsed by the recent RDC meeting for adaptation during the RDC’s RDP 2017-2022 launch in PDI.
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