RDC-10 endorses FY 2021 budgets for COVID-19 recovery program

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 8 – The Regional Development Council (RDC)-10 in a virtual meeting last June 1, endorsed the P293.77 billion reformulated budget proposals for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 of the 41 agency regional offices and/or government- owned and controlled corporations, and nine state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the region.

Following national directives, agencies and SUCs reviewed earlier submitted budget proposals and added programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) identified to address COVID-19. The revised regional budget is up by 5.78 percent or P16.05 billion from the P277.72 billion budget endorsed in March this year.

The RDC-X forwarded 189 new proposed PPAs amounting to PhP28.6 billion.

These projects include upgrading and equipping health facilities in the region, expanding blended learning options, strengthening social welfare, and improving digital infrastructure.

The infrastructure sector covers about half of the proposed budget at PhP180.338 billion. The education sector follows at P62.54 billion. The basic education takes up the bulk of the social sector’s budget at P50.72 billion, higher education including SUCs at P11.53 billion, and technical vocational and skills development at P288.91 million. Health and social protection comprise P24.31 billion, while agriculture and fisheries allocate P15.17 billion.

The RDC-X also endorsed PPAs supportive of ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) through the region’s Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) program amounting to P51.98 billion.

Moreover, agencies dedicated PP822 million to strengthen and build capacities of local government units (LGUs) in preparation for the implementation of the Mandanas Ruling. The Supreme Court ruled the expansion of payments to LGUs from national government revenue. Agencies shall devolve services to LGUs with increased funding starting in FY 2022.

About P93.3 billion is allocated as support to the country’s international commitment to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

The reformulated proposals were endorsed to the agency central offices and the Department of Budget and Management for consideration and possible inclusion in the National Expenditure Program for FY 2021.

The body also approved and adopted the Northern Mindanao COVID-19 Regional Recovery Program with an estimated budgetary requirement of PhP197.61 billion for the period 2020-2022. This ensures that the region will build back stronger and better by rebooting social and economic life following the principles of sustainability and resiliency.

The RRP is formulated to ensure “safer, adaptive, and disaster-resilient Filipino communities towards sustainable development.”

“This is not a perfect recovery program, but it is a highly-consulted one. While we are addressing COVID-19, we also have to sustain the gains of the region by supporting the priorities identified in the RDP Mid-Term Update,” shared NEDA-10 Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Carino, head of the Regional Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee. (NEDA10)

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