City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Jose Miguel R. De la Rosa, together with the representatives of the various divisions of the NEDA Central Support Office, visited the NEDA Regional Office XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) on April 26-27, 2017 with the aim to strengthen the partnership between the Central and Regional offices of NEDA.

The visit allowed interaction between the NEDA Central Office and Regional Office Staff, particularly on best practices.

The NEDA XII staff gained updates from the NEDA Central Office staff on the Formulation of the Strategic Competency-Based Human Resource Development Plan, Revised Guidelines on Information Technology, and on the Guidelines on Fund Release for CY 2017.

The visiting staff was amazed by the beauty and bounty of Lake Sebu and Baras Bird Sanctuary which are part of the tourist destinations in Region XII as promoted by the Department of Tourism (DOT) XII. They also savored SOCCSKSARGEN’s best delicacies and experienced the culture and hospitality of the people, especially of the NEDA XII staff.

In his message, Usec De la Rosa emphasized that “there is no big or small role in NEDA; everyone must take an opportunity to work harmoniously and continue the interaction as it will nurture the personal relationship of NEDAns that will eventually strengthen the organization, as NEDAns care for each other’s welfare.”

He also appreciated the SOCCSKSARGEN Ambisyon Natin 2040 advocacy song rendered by the NEDA XII choir saying “the song has a heart and soul that will really move one’s self to attain one’s dream.”

In closing, USEC De la Rosa encouraged everyone to learn to listen and listen to learn, to have confidence and to act now. (Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA XII-DRD)