City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) XII staff conducted a mid-year assessment of its mandate and service delivery relative to the attainment of AmBisyon Natin 2040 on June 21-22, 2018 at Seagull Mountain Resort, Buda, Davao City.  The two-day workshop adopted a theme, “Transforming People and Practices Towards AmBisyon Natin 2040.”

The NRO XII Mid-Year Assessment and Internal Planning Conference aims to assess the NRO XII 1st semester 2018 performance, prepare the indicative work program for the 2nd semester 2018; identify issues and concerns relative to NRO XII operation, visit regional development best practices outside the SOCCSKSARGEN; and strengthen interpersonal relationship for effective teamwork in the workplace.

Level 1 of the conference focused on division workshops to generate inputs on the contribution of each staff relative to the implementation of NEDA thrusts, specifically, Program Expenditure Classification (PREXC) A – Socio-Economic Policy and Planning; PREXC B – Regional Investment Programming; PREXC C – Monitoring and Evaluation Services; and general administrative and support services.

Level 2 is the presentation of the output where each division creatively presented their top three major accomplishments.   Among the major accomplishments of NRO XII during the 1st semester of 2018 are the conduct and preparation of the following: (1) RDC XII Advisory Committee meeting in Manila; (2) RDC Full Council and Sectoral Committee meetings; (3) successful conduct of 9th RDC-PSR National Convention; (4) Updated 2019 Annual Investment Program (AIP) by Congressional District; (5) field monitoring and evaluation;   (6) conduct of Volunteerism Forum and launching of Search for Outstanding Volunteer (SOV) 2018; (7) 2017 Regional Development Report; (8) 1st quarter Regional Economic Situationer; (9) implementation of research and development on the study on the Analysis of the Causes of High Poverty Incidence in Relation to the GRDP Performance of Region XII over the Period 2010-2015 and impact evaluation of the Awang-Upi-Lebak-Kalamansig-Palimbang-Sarangani road; (10) project appraisal and evaluation; (11) advocacy on the Philippine/Regional Development Plan, 2017-2022; (12) technical assistance to various stakeholders in the region; (14) titling of NRO XII lot at the Prime Regional Government Center, Koronadal City; (15) disposal of unserviceable equipment, furniture and fixtures; and (16) recognition from NEDA Financial, Planning and Management Staff for 100% submission of liquidation reports for NEDA Regional Offices without Trust Fund for CY 2017, among others.

NRO XII also presented an indicative Work Program that outlined the activities to be undertaken for 2nd Semester 2018, which includes the preparation/updating refinement of SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP), 2017-2022, AIP 2020, and continued implementation of NEDA’s mandates, especially as Secretariat of the Regional Development Council XII.

The concerns on the timely submission of inputs for posting at NEDA XII website, Freedom of Information (FOI) activities, compendium of annual RDC and sectoral accomplishment reports and other administrative issues were likewise tackled and responded appropriately by Regional Director Arturo G. Valero and the concerned division. (Evie Arabis Cabulanan-DRD and Lalaine M. Sajelan-FAD, NEDA XII)