Lanao del Norte hosted the conduct of the Joint Consultation-Meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Provincial Development Council of the province in the Formulation of the Regional Development Plan for 2017-2022, on Nov. 9, 2016, at the MCC Gymnasium, Sagadan, Tubod town.
RDC Chairman and Bukidnon Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr. presided over the joint consultation meeting alongside Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo.
Zubiri said this is the second province he has held series of joint consultation-meetings region-wide. The first was held in Misamis Occidental province last Nov. 8.
Joining governors Zubiri and Dimaporo were Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Abdullah D. Dimaporo, 2nd District Representative Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo, RDC vice chairperson and National Economic Development Authority, Regional Office 10 (NEDA 10) Regional Director Leon Dacanay, along with Executive Assistant IV Sittie Aminah Dimaporo, among others.
“What we did here is the first to happen. In the past, the RDC meetings are done once every three months; and, what really happened was the projects (submitted for approval) were actually from Manila and merely approved here in the local level. But, this time it’s different,” Zubiri said.
Zubiri said all the local concerns are culled and be taken up directly by the RDC and then to the Office of the President.
Zubiri has vowed to bring the consolidated concerns of all the five provinces in Northern Mindanao himself direct to President Rodrigo Duterte, even before he submits the same to the NEDA to make sure that he can tell Duterte that he has fulfilled his vow to bring the concerns of his region up for the President’s endorsement.
“We’ve been dreaming of this for quite some time. We wanted to, at least, be given our proper share in the income that is derived from our region. But, it was never, never done. It is only now that we have the chance. God’s will that the president is from Mindanao,” Zubiri said, “and he promised to help us,” he added.
Gov. Dimaporo, for her part, said the meeting was attended by most of the mayors in the province, board members and line agency officials who take part in consolidating the concerns of the province.
Dimaporo said President Duterte being a former local chief executive can easily understand the concerns of the local government units in the towns and provinces, even as she said that she strongly believes in the leadership of Gov. Zubiri, as chair of the RDC, in providing the avenue to resolve their concerns.
Gov. Dimaporo singled out the Panguil Bay Bridge as among the projects she wanted to see through. “It’s been long decades – the Panguil Bay Bridge. Dugay na nah (overdue already). I was governor then. The FS (feasibility study) was submitted by Abdullah (Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo) when he was governor.
And then, sa ako nga panahon (during my term) i was the one who lobbied for that. In fact, naa nay pondo (there is a fund for that), but naudlot lang ba (it was stymied). And, I am hoping, because Public Works and Highway Sec. Mark Villar – we had a meeting with the governors and he was our guest – and I followed it up with him. He told me naa jud pondo (there is really fund). The site man gud, wala pa siya na-identify. There are two (sites for the footbridge), pero wala pay decision (but there has been no decision yet as to which
of the two sites), said Gov. Dimaporo.
After the presentation of the provincial situation and challenges by Gov. Dimaporo, the participants proceeded with the simultaneous sectoral workshop and plenary/presentation of outputs. (Cheng Ordonez/PIO-LDN)