RDC committee supports Northern Mindanao 2016 budget

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


CONGRESSIONAL representatives of Northern Mindanao expressed support to the Regional Development Council (RDC) endorsed budget proposals of 24 government agencies and eight state universities and colleges in the region during the RDC-Northern Mindanao Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting held in Cagayan de Oro City last March 23.

In his opening message, Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez, the lead convenor of the committee meeting, urged everyone to work together in ensuring that the proposed budgets requested shall result in the development of Northern Mindanao, as it positions itself as the number one region in the country.

Presided over by RDC-Northern Mindanao chair and Lanao del Norte Governor Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo, the RAC expressed support to the RDC-endorsed budgets.

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The agency budgets with an aggregate total of P94.334 billion were presented by the RDC Sectoral Committee chairs/co-chairs. Mayor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo presented the requirement of the Macro and Development Administration Sector amounting to P1.393 billion (1.5 percent share); Emma A. Nieva for the Economic Development Sector’s P4.315 billion (4.6 percent share); Mayor Philip T. Tan for the Infrastructure Sector agencies’ P39.868 billion (42.3 percent share); and Mayor Nelieta Q. Noval for the Social Development Sector’ requirement of P48.757 billion (51.7 percent share).

Some amendments/additional projects were also proposed for consideration by the concerned agencies for FY 2016.

The DPWH-Northern Mindanao was asked to consider the following projects: the esplanade along Cagayan de Oro River, Macabalan-Puntod-Carmen, Cathedral and City Hall; reconstruction and widening of Cagayan de Oro port road; Balulang-Macasandig Bridge and Access Road; Macabalan-Bonbon Bridge and Access Road; widening of Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road (Binuangan, Sugbongcogon, Kinoguitan and Medina in Misamis Oriental); and the preparation of a master plan to mitigate flooding in Gingoog City.

Various projects were also proposed for the Misamis Occidental, including among others the construction of the Clarin drainage system; construction of the Ozamiz-Clarin-Tangub-Bonifacio-Don Victoriano (OCTBDV) Agro-Eco Tourism Hinterland Road; completion of Bagacay-Gala-Ozamiz City Road leading to Hoyohoy Highland Park, Ozamiz City; and construction of the Oroquieta-Sebucal-Don Victoriano-Molave Road for funding from the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (Pamana) Program.

The body also required all projects under the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) to be implemented in consultation with the congressional representatives concerned. It asked DOH-Northern Mindanao to allocate funds for the improvement/upgrading of the Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional and Teaching Hospital; NHA-Northern Mindanao to allocate funds for the right of way acquisition for the expansion of Ozamiz City’s Labo airport and to consider housing assistance for Sendong victims from the formal sector (teachers, policemen and other national government employees), as well as additional funds to finish the housing projects for the informal sector; DSWD-Northern Mindanao to increase the Conditional Cash Assistance (CCA) under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); DA-Northern Mindanao to appropriate bigger budget for cloud seeding; and for DOT and DWPH regional offices to consider improvement/rehabilitation of roads leading to tourist destinations.

The body also endorsed the following proposals: 1) rehabilitation works of the Pulangui IV hydroelectric plant reservoir; and 2) port development programs and projects of the Philippine Ports Authority Port, Management Offices in Northern Mindanao. (PIA)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 27, 2015.

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