By Wilfried Gebhardt, Technical Advisor to NEDA Caraga
After a rigorous and broad-based consultative process with various stakeholders and steered by NEDA Caraga, the Updated or Revised Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016 has been launched on January 15, 2014. More than a development agenda, it carries the hopes and aspirations of all the 2.4 million Caraganons. Overall, it reiterates the national agenda of inclusive growth and poverty reduction and draws from the effective execution of development programs and policies in the first three years of its implementation.
THE PLAN’S GOAL
The Caraga Regional Development Plan endeavors to make the Caraga Region the Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mining, and Eco-Tourism (FAME) center of the country by year 2030 by developing the region’s resources in fishery, agriculture, forestry and ecotourism. These sectors have been observed as growth drivers of the region’s economy, leading to improvement of the productivity of said sectors, expecting to result in generation of employment opportunities and reduction in poverty.
THE PLAN’S BROAD STRATEGIES are focusing on:
- Macroeconomic Management
- Innovative and Competitive Industry and Service Sectors
- Competitive and Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Sector
- Accelerating Infrastructure Development
- Good Governance and the Rule of Law
- Social Development
- Peace and Security
- Environmental Protection
Parallel to the revision of the RDP, the Caraga Region’s Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) was updated as well. This plan promotes the PPP and its various modalities to finance capital projects. The RDIP also clearly identifies priority programs and projects for the different sectors. This document also serves as input to the private sector and other partners to assist them in prioritizing their investments.
The Regional Development Council (RDC), in crafting these plans, took stock of the accomplishments achieved and challenges encountered in the first three years of its implementation. Various stakeholders were engaged through a series of consultations to ensure that the entire process of development would be inclusive. Both plans are living documents that validates RDC’s commitment to achieve the region’s development goals.
“Be the agent of change” is the slogan of the RDP/RDIP 2011-2016. With a renewed desire to deliver inclusive growth, these plans provide the spatial dimension to the Updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP) by identifying region-specific resources, needs and interventions. While Caraga Region’s revised RDP provides the framework for local development, strategies are parallel with the national plan to ensure alignment of national and regional policies and programs.