Koronadal City, South Cotabato – Regional Development Council (RDC) XII recently conducted a two-day Consultation-Workshop for the Updating and Review of the CY 2023 Annual Investment Program (AIP) on August 19-21, 2021 through video conference with a total of PhP 103.23 Billion of investment requirements for the region by 2023.

For CY 2023, the AIP updating incorporated the necessary adjustments and interventions arising from the public health emergency brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in transition towards the new normal to ensure that plans and investment programs remain up to date. The implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia Petition was taken into consideration.  

The proposals included programs and projects that are supportive of Executive Order70 series of 2018; Executive Order (EO) 114 and aligned in the attainment of development objectives and targets in the Philippine/Regional Development Plan, 2017-2022 Midterm Update, SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Recovery Plan, 2020-2022, 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and AmBisyon Natin 2040.

The Mandanas-Garcia Ruling on the other hand takes into account the devolution of expanded fiscal space and Program and Project (PAP) implementation to the Local Government Units (LGU) to strengthen LGU capacity, enhance transparency and accountability, and improving decentralization in the country.

The said ruling trimmed down the Annual Investment Proposals of Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) needing National Government Funding to PhP 103.23 Billion, a cut of more than 50%  from last year’s PhP225.1 Billion investment proposals.

Despite the significant cut, the consultation-workshop was still actively participated in by a total of 46 Agencies and 5 SUCs integrating the proposals both from each entity’s prior consultation to stakeholders and the additional items from the representatives of provinces/cities and congressional districts generated from the first day of the workshop.

RDC XII Sectoral Committees convened and served as clearing houses for the review and endorsement of their respective sectoral AIPs. The Social Sector posted the largest investment requirement share at 53% followed by Infrastructure at 28% and the Economic and GID/Peace Security Sectors at 16% and 3% respectively. The Sectoral Committees were also able to  identify their top ten priority projects following certain criteria such as responsiveness, impact, cost among others. The region shall select its top priority projects  from among the priority projects of each sector. (Judd Nichol L. Leonar, NEDA XII-PDIPBD)