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April-June 2018

RDC Communicator EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Phlorita A. Ridao, OIC-RD ASSOCIATE EDITORS Susan C. Valerio, OIC-ARD Renato C. Herrera, CEDS, PDIPBD Eleanor M. Reyes, CEDS, DRD Norman Jose E. Ramirez, CEDS, PMED Rodrigp A. Manuel, OIC, PFPD Ronald Von D. Rivera, CAO FAD PUBLICATION COORDINATOR Vilma M. Julian DESIGN AND LAYOUT Daryll L. Cabico

Isabela City Mayor Al Qaid J. Akbar delivering his welcome message to the participants of the 162nd RDC IX Meeting

RDC IX revisits

Isabela City T

hree years since it had its meeting there in 2015,

CONTRIBUTORS Ardi Abril T. Layugue, NEDA IX Edward Non, DA IX Marlyn Anoos, ICFO Karen Claire Q. Grafia, DOLE IX Fatima Jane Salihuddin, OWWA IX Manolette Jude M. Mercado, NEDA IX Dahlia A. Paragas, DepEd IX Graebert S. Echin, NEDA IX Jonabeth G. Agana KC-DSWD IX Ma. Nelida A. Rojas, NEDA IX

Regional Development Council IX once again conducted

its Regular Meeting in the City of Isabela, on 20 June 2018 at the Basilan State College Amphitheater, Isabela City, Basilan Province. The meeting was hosted by Mayor Al Qaid J. Akbar and the local government of Isabela City . It was the Council’s 162nd Regular Meeting.

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Mayor Akbar welcomed the RDC IX members and guests and expressed his gratitude that the Council’s meeting was again conducted in the said city. In his message, he shared about the growth of the population and the City’s economy, as well as, the development initiatives of the local government unit (LGU). Dr. Nasser A. Salain, President of the Basilan State College, also welcomed the participants and said that the meeting is a blessing to the province of Basilan and the City of Isabela.

Dr. Nasser Salain, President of Basilan State College, welcomes the members of RDC IX and guests to Basilan State College

Members, guests, and participants during the 162nd Regular Meeting of Regional Development Council IX on June 20, 2018 at Basilan state College, Isabela City, Basilan

The meeting was presided by Mr. Jose J. Suan, RDC IX

Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law;

Co-Chairperson and Private Sector Representative-

and, (f ) Supporting the Conduct of the 2018 National

Labor Sector. In attendance were 26 regular and

Sardines Congress.

six special non-voting members of RDC IX. Among the guests present were Deputy Executive Director

In recognition of the gracious hosting of the RDC IX

Eleazar Ricote of the Public-Private Partnership Center,

Meeting, Co-Chairperson Suan sponsored resolutions

Ms. Odessa Ann A. Taguibao of DBM Central Office,

expressing gratitude to the LGU of Isabela City and the

members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Isabela

Basilan State College.

City, and other officials and staff of Isabela City LGU. After the meeting, the participants proceeded to the RDC IX passed a total of 17 resolutions, which include

Isabela Waste Water Enhancement for Environmental

the following: (a) Approving the CY 2017 Zamboanga

Care Treatment Plant at Brgy Tabiawan for an

Peninsula Regional Development Report; (b) Endorsing

educational visit. The plant is the first of its kind in

the Creation of Additional Three Assistant Schools

Mindanao and was implemented in the City through

Division Superintendents for the Schools Division

the initiative of the Isabela City Water District.

of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga Sibugay; (c) Requesting the National Peace

The conduct of the regular meeting is aligned with the

and Order Council to Consider the Membership of the

RDC’s mandate stipulated in Executive Order No. 325,

Armed Forces of the Philippines in the Barangay Peace

series of 1996, that it shall be the primary institution

and Order Committees as may be Required by Local

which shall set the direction of economic and social

Conditions; (d) Supporting the Passage of House Bill

development of the region and through which regional

No. 2912 “An Act Establishing the Philippine Rubber

efforts shall be coordinated. The Council is furthermore

Industry Development Board in Zamboanga Peninsula”;

designed to be an effective institution in the region

(e) Requesting the Temporary Suspension of the

responsible for ensuring sustainable, participatory and

Imposition of Excise Tax on Fuel and Coal Under the

equitable development. (Ardi Abril T. Layugue, NEDA IX)


Participants joining the 3rd Regional Cacao Forum in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay

ZamPen conducts 3 rd Regional Cacao Industry Forum


acao has become one of the emerging priority commodities in the region with farmers and their families getting engaged in cacao production. The growing demand for cacao raises the need to further capacitate the farmers on cacao production, processing, and marketing. Engr. Roger Bagaforo, Chief of Research Division of the Department of Agriculture (DA) IX said that the Cacao Forum will serve as an avenue for farmers and government institutions to discuss and agree on how to further develop the cacao industry. “In the next two years we will not focus on the distribution of cacao seedlings but rather on the establishment of processing centers for cacao to further boost the cacao industry and make it more competitive in the local and international market as a processed product,� Engr. Bagaforo said. The forum hosted by the DA - Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division gathered almost 70 participants. It was held on June 19-20, 2018 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay province, with extensive exchange of views and opinions from among cacao farmers/producers, LGU representatives and government line agencies. The forum aimed to provide participants with updates on the latest market trends of the cacao industry, business and market opportunities, and, to address issues and concerns that may have been affecting the industry in the region.


According to DA-High Value Crops Development Program Report Officer Albert Cuadra, the region has a total area of 603 hectares planted to cacao and volume of production at 135.30 MT. The province of Zamboanga Del Norte has the highest area of 465 hectares and volume of production at 83.19 MT followed by Zamboanga Sibugay with 101 hectares and volume of production at 30.44 MT. Zamboanga Del Sur has a total area of 26 hectares and 7.70 MT volume of production while Zamboanga City has 11 hectares with 5.97 MT volume of production. A market-matching activity was also conducted where a dialogue was made with prospective buyers and representatives from National Food Authority (NFA), KCC Mall de Zamboanga, Mindpro CitiMall, and LB Supermarket. The activity served as venue to buyers to present their agricultural product needs and the volume of consumer demand, and farmers/producers to present their products to the buyers. The market matching seeks to improve relationship between buyers and suppliers to facilitate increased market opportunities and profits. The forum and market-matching, were followed by a field visit to a cacao farm in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay. Among the resource speakers were Valente Turtur, President, CIDAMI & Philippine Cacao Council; Emiliano Carandang, PhilGAP Consultant; Dr. Romulo Cena, Professor, USM; and Angelo Sunglao, President, Cacao Industry for Zampen and Cacao Farmer. (Edward Non, DA


SPES beneficiaries with Isabela City Mayor Al-Qaid Akbar (middle)

150 SPES workers in Isabela City receive more than P760,000


total of 150 young Isabeleños received wages for rendering services under the Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for the Employment of Students or DOLE-SPES on May 30, 2018 at Isabela City, Basilan Province. The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Isabela City employed the students for 22 working days doing clerical/administrative work for various government offices.

OWWA IX assists OFW families affected by calamities


verseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) IX provided

P14,974,060 welfare and calamity assistance to 3, 430 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families residing in Region IX, for the period of June 2017 to April 2018. OWWA IX Head Dr. Hassan Gabra T.

Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo shared that SPES is one of the DOLE’s youth employment-bridging programs which aims to provide beneficiaries with shortterm job opportunities during summer and/or Christmas vacation or any time of the year to help them continue their education in any secondary, tertiary, or technical-vocational institution. She said that through the amended SPES law, the age qualification of applicants was raised from 15 to 25 years old to 15 to 30 years old, at the time of application.

Jumdain said that the said budget is

The program also expanded its reach by targeting not only the poor but deserving students, but also the out-of-school youth (OSY), or those who are not enrolled in a formal educational or training institution; and dependents, whether student or OSY, of displaced or would-be displaced workers due to business closures, work stoppages, or natural calamities.

magnitude six and up earthquake, heavy

Another amendment in the SPES law is the extended period of employment. From the previous 20 to 52 days, SPES beneficiaries may now be employed from 20 to 78 days; except during Christmas vacation when employment is from 10 to 15 days only.

covered by the MEDPlus.

Isabela City Field Office Head, Ma. Elena T. Alabata, reported that beneficiaries were paid in cash. Each SPES beneficiary shall receive a total of Php 8,483.93. Following the applicable minimum wage, Isabela City Mayor Al-Qaid Akbar together with PESO Rosella Torralba Luna distributed the LGU’s share of Php5,090.36 (60%) to all SPES worker-beneficiaries while the remaining Php3,393.57 (40%) will be paid to them by DOLE. Each year, the City Government under Mayor Akbar steadily increases the number of SPES worker-beneficiaries and has committed to sustain the initiative considering the importance of providing financial assistance for work done, veering away from the usual dole-outs.

taken from OWWA’s Welfare Assistance Program fund which aims to give assistance to OWWA members, whether active or inactive, facing any of the following circumstances: those affected by calamities such as super typhoons, flooding; bereavement for the family of OFWs who were victims of crimes or accident; disability of a member; medical assistance for OWWA members not

For Region IX, OWWA reached out to several municipalities severely hit by Typhoon Vinta, among which are Kabasalan in Zamboanga Sibugay; Siocon, Sirawai and Labason in Zamboanga del Norte; and Bayog, Tambulig and Salug in Zamboanga del Sur; and gave out cash assistance to affected OFW families. OWWA also conducted an advocacy of the agency’s programs and services to ensure that the members are informed and aware of the existence of the

SPES beneficiaries will now be entitled to the Group Personal Accident Insurance of the Government Service Insurance System for one year. (Marlyn Anoos, ICFO and Karen Claire Q. Grafia, DOLE IX)

programs. (Karen Claire Q. Grafia, DOLE IX

with reports from Fatima Jane Salihuddin, OWWA IX)


Left to right : Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, NEDA IX, RDC IX Co-Chairperson Jose J. Suan; Director Feroisa Francisca T. Concordia, Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Service, PPP Center; and Assistant Regional Director Phlorita A. Ridao, NEDA IX doing the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon during the PPP-KC launching at NRO IX

NEDA IX launches PPP Knowledge Corner The PPP Center at the ground floor of NEDA IX Building, Balintawak, Pagadian City

The PPP-KC shall serve as a hub and coordinating unit between the PPP Center and the local government units, implementing agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders in the region. It shall also act as the main portal to the technical and advisory services, data information bank in the region on PPP concerns. The PPP-KC shall answer queries on PPPs and coordinate closely with the PPP Center for technical support,


he National Economic and Development

updates and other relevant information, as may be necessary.

Authority Regional Office IX in collaboration with

the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center launched

Around sixty-three participants from the provincial,

the PPP Knowledge Corner (PPP-KC) on May 3, 2016

city and municipal local government units (LGUs),

at NRO IX, Pagadian City.

regional line agencies (RLAs), private sector and media representatives of Zamboanga Peninsula attended the

The PPP-KC in Pagadian City is among the first batch

activity. The launching was graced by the team from

of KCs established nationwide after the signing

the PPP Center headed by Director Feroisa Francisca

of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the

T. Concordia of the Capacity Building and Knowledge

Establishment of PPP-KCs in all NEDA Regional

Management Service, together with Ms. Dionna Fe M.

Offices on January 26, 2018 between Socio-Economic

Falamig, Training Specialist II and Mr. Ramil E. Luteria,

Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia and PPP

Information Officer and PPP Center Focal Person for

Executive Director Ferdinand A. Pecson.

Region IX.


The PPP-KC is located at the ground floor of the NEDA Regional Office IX. RDC IX Co-Chairperson Suan with Director Concordia, led the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon of the PPP-KC to mark the opening of its services in Region IX. They were assisted by Director Ramos and Assistant Regional Director Ridao. During the Orientation on PPP-KC that followed, Director Concordia gave a message on behalf of Executive Director Pecson and an overview on the PPP Knowledge Corner. Director Concordia said “the PPP Center is guided by the principle of transparency, accountability, and good governance and engages the private sector as vital partners who can bankroll critical infrastructure projects that will deliver much needed service for its growing

Ms. Dionna Fe M. Falamig, Training Specialist II of the PPP Center briefing the members of RDC IX and guests during the launching of PPP Knowledge Corner

population.” Authority is among the lowest in the country at Ms. Falamig provided a briefing on the Philippine

only 2.3 percent.” This was attributed to the poor

PPP Program and the LGU PPP strategy. Mr. Renato C.

performance of the construction sub-sector,

Herrera, Chief of the Project Development, Investment

particularly on government construction. She

Programming and Budgeting Division (PDIPBD), provided

emphasized that the government envisions to

the participants a list of regional programs/projects with

implement infrastructure projects to generate

PPP potential.

significant employment opportunities and boost economic activities to attain inclusive growth. It

RDC IX Co-Chairperson Suan conveyed in his message

is but timely that the PPP Center has forged a

that he welcomes this initiative of NEDA and the PPP to

memorandum with NEDA to advocate PPP as an

establish KCs in all the regions nationwide for this is one

option for infrastructure project funding. She

way of enabling LGUs and other government entities to

added that the establishment of the KCs is also PPP

fully tap PPP as a viable option for the implementation

Center’s positive action in bringing government

of major capital projects at the regional and local levels.

services closer, more accessible and faster to its

He also shared that currently the San Ramon Newport,

stakeholders in the region. She committed to

an international port to be located at the Zamboanga

endeavor to provide needed information and

City Special Economic Zone Authority (ZamboEcozone),

facilitate the referral of concerns to the PPP Center

is currently being assisted by the PPP and is now for ICC

to ensure the successful implementation of PPP

Technical Board action on May 10, 2018. Mr. Suan is one

projects in the Zamboanga Peninsula. (Manolette

of the Board members of the ZamboEcozone.

Jude M. Mercado, NEDA IX)

In her message, Director Ramos said “Zamboanga Peninsula 2017 Gross Regional Domestic Product growth rate as released recently by the Philippine Statistical


(L-R) Cong. Seth Frederick Jalosjos, Zamboanga del Norte 1st Dist. Representative receiving a Plaque of Recognition in the presence of Atty. Revsee Escobedo, and Dr. Isabelita Borres

Brigada Eskwela bolsters ties with DepEd partners


he successful commencement of the Regional Brigada Eskwela in Sulangon Elementary School, Sulangon, Dapitan City on May 26, 2018 was highlighted by the presence of Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Procurement Service and Project Management Service Atty. Revsee Escobedo, Zamboanga del Norte 1st District Representative Cong. Seth Frederick Jalosjos, DepEd IX Regional Director Dr. Isabelita M. Borres, regional directors of participating NGAs, officials of LGUs, NGOs, private organizations and entities, communities, parents and other stakeholders. This year’s Brigada Eskwela lodged the highest resources ever bagged by this region amounting to P48 million on the first day and increased to over P110 million in the whole duration of the activity from May 28 to June 2, 2018. It included slippers, solar panels, teachers and learner’s kit, and technical assistance by other partner stakeholders.


Simultaneous to the affair was the launching of “Oplan Kalusugan.” It addressed not only the preparation of the physical aspect of the school but also of the medical and dental needs of pupils in the classroom. Asec. Escobedo encouraged the DepEd personnel to get more support from various stakeholders. He emphasized that the children’s future is very important. He thanked all the support and cooperation extended by partner stakeholders. He also announced a proposed budget in 2019 that will provide tablets for senior high school students to supplement their learning and also payment for their assessment fees. There will be more Technical Vocational Livelihood tools to be procured. RD Borres expressed her concern on the increasing rate of teenage pregnancy in the region. “The data is alarming” she said. “This is not only the responsibility of school but

at home, school and community” she added. She also discussed issues on the Feeding Program in school, support to the National Drug Program and other concerns of the region. Cong. Jalosjos said, “I had been attending several events for DepEd even when I was yet a Board Member. I will ensure that madagdagan at ma fulfill ang ating 2020 law on additional salaries for our teachers.” He is presently a member of the Commission on Appointment. TESDA IX Regional Director Lorenzo Macapili spoke on harmonizing efforts on whatever resources the region has to connect the links in serving more clients and to offer technical vocational education and trainings or K to 12 Progress that are responsive and relevant. He said that DepED schools are qualified for the assessment program provided they have the manual. (Dahlia A. Paragas, DepEd IX)

ZamPen economy grows by 2.3% in 2017


amboanga Peninsula’s economy grew by 2.3% in 2017. The slower economic growth is attributed to

the deceleration of the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) sector’s growth of negative 0.4% and

Presidential Table: NEDA IX RD Teresita Socorro C. Ramos (2nd from left) Chair of RSC IX with PSA IX Regional Director Mewchun WS. Pamaran (3rd from left) and two (2) PSA CO representatives. Lower Tables: Representatives from DA, DPWH, Sophil and BFAR

Industry sector’s growth of negative 0.8%. The declined performance of the AHFF is caused by the 9.4% negative growth of the fishing sub-sector. The canning industries in the region before the implementation of the closed fishing season from December to February,

and Restaurants, Sewage and Refuse Disposal Sanitation

were able to store more than enough for their production

and Similar Activities, Recreational, Cultural and Sporting

needs during the three-month ban in fishing. This led to the

Activities and Other Service Activities.

low demand for fish from the industries causing fish surplus in the market and fish sold at cheaper price prompting local

With this performance of the region in 2017, the region

fish sellers to sell their catch in other parts of the country

would benefit greatly from increased government

at better prices. The region’s fishing sub-sector may have

and private sector assistance and investments in 2018.

been affected, however, this situation confirms the region

Specifically, the industry sector needs to rebound, aided by

has sustainable fishing grounds and affirms its vision of

the efforts of ZamboEcozone to accelerate development

becoming the Center of Sustainable Agri-Fishery Industries

and raise productivity in this sector. The ZamboEcozone is

of the Philippines.

the only Freeport in Mindanao and gateway to the rest of the world.

The Industry sector decelerated to negative 0.8% growth in view the significant decline in the construction sub-

The Service sector is seen to remain strong, supported by

sector which posted a negative growth of 9.4%. The

moderate inflation, price stability, and healthy financial

lack of aggregates for construction, limited availability

system. Further, the Build, Build, Build program strategy

of contractors and dearth of skilled workers/laborers for

of the government is expected to implement more

infrastructure projects have been identified as the culprit

infrastructure projects which have high labor absorption

for this decline. Furthermore, while the government has

capacity. Hence, manpower development would have

already started its Build, Build, Build program, tighter

to be redirected to the training of more skilled workers

procurement policies have also been put in place for

for the construction industry. The implementation of the

transparency of project implementation.

Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade Program, Tourism Road Infrastructure Projects and roads leading to

The Service sector is the biggest contributor to the region’s

fish landings are anticipated not only to boost construction

economy. It posted a 6.3% growth in 2016-2017. This is

but also to accelerate the growth of Micro Small and

due to the improved performance of the Other Services

Medium Enterprises. (Ma. Nelida A. Rojas, NEDA IX)

sub-sector like Education, Health and Social Work, Hotels


RPMC IX visits BEEF, HFEP and BFAR projects

present, it has been notably addressed by the implementing units. This was attributed to the adherence of DPWH and DepEd to the recommendations of RPMC relative to the previous field monitoring visits to BEFF projects. Onsite discussions and validations were made with the Project Engineers of


n its 2nd Quarter Field Monitoring Visit on April 2327, 2018, Regional Project Monitoring Committee

the contractor and DPWH, as well as the concerned Division Engineer of DepEd. A total of eight (8) school buildings were visited.

(RPMC) IX, through its Technical Working Group (TWG), visited selected ongoing projects funded through the

Meanwhile, the monitoring team covered a total

Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEFF) of Department of

of eight (8) projects of the following hospitals: (1)

Education (DepEd) and Health Facilities Enhancement

Mindanao Central Sanitarium; (2) Labuan Public

Program (HFEP) of Department of Health (DOH) .

Hospital; and (3) Zamboanga Sibugay Medical Center. A

The Community Fish Landing Centers of the Bureau

number of HFEP projects incurred substantial negative

of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Katipunan,

slippages which were attributed to lack of construction

Zamboanga del Norte and Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur

materials and other implementation concerns of the

were likewise monitored.

contractor. RPMC IX intends to conduct a problem solving session with the concerned entities to facilitate

The monitoring team was joined by the newly

the completion of affected projects.

confirmed Private Sector Representatives (PSR) of RPMC IX, Atty. Paulino G. Gudmalin and Mr. Roberto L. Sabar.

The exit conference conducted on April 27, 2018 at Top Plaza Hotel, Dipolog City was attended by

BEFF projects of DepEd are implemented by the

RPMC IX Technical Working Group members and

Department of Public Works and Highways IX. While

the representatives of DepEd, DPWH, and BFAR. The

the problems on school site preparation are still

implementation issues/concerns seen on the ground were discussed and validated with the implementing


agencies. The activity generated concrete commitments

Guard District Southwestern Mindanao (CGDSWM). The

from the implementing agencies with the end in view

implementation of the projects of the Philippine Coast

of expediting the completion of the projects.

Guard is centrally managed. The status of said project will be further deliberated during the 3rd Quarter

A quick visit was likewise conducted on the delayed

Regular Meeting of RPMC IX on August 29, 2018 in

construction of the Building Facilities of Coast

Kalahi-CIDSS inaugurates IP Heritage Village in Siocon


he Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Kapit-Bisig

Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated

Village aims to conserve the cultural practices of the

Delivery of Social Services National Community Driven

Subanen Community in Barangay Tabayo.

Development Program commonly referred to as Kalahi-CIDSS or KC-NCDDP inaugurated the Subanon

DSWD FO IX OIC-Assistant Regional Director for

Piglompukan Nog Baloy Nog Mokogulangan known

Operations Carmencita D. Luna commends the natives

as the IP Heritage Village on April 19, 2018 in Barangay

for empowering themselves through community

Tabayo, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

participation and understanding the difference they can achieve in helping each other not just for the

This one-of-a-kind eight structure sub-project is a

community but for the efforts poured to cultural

convergent effort of both the Tabayo IP Community

preservation, one that is worth replicating in other IP

and the Barangay Local Government Unit under the

areas as a unique sub-project of the region.

congressional fund of Congressman Isagani Amatong

Deputy Regional Program Manager Roleiste Falsis

for the construction of IP Museum and Kalahi-CIDSS

also challenged the community that through this

which funded the IP Heritage Village.

sub-project “we seek to restore the discipline, the culture, and the practices that would help promote the

The conceptualization of this sub-project was based on

community’s development based on the capacity of its

the fear among the tribal elders who perceive that the

own community and not from the western influence.”

new generation is no longer practicing the Subanen Cultural processes handed over by their forefathers.

The IP Heritage Village is one of the most awaited sub-projects completed in December 2017 with a

“Dako kaayo mig pasalamat ani kay kami mismo, proud

total cost of P854,468 under KC-NCDDP. It is one of the

mi nga naa mi ingon ani maski asa mi makaadto nga

poverty-alleviation programs of the DSWD which uses

area,” shared by Barangay Sub-Project Management

community-driven development approach, a globally

Committee Chairperson Bonifacio Patoh during the

recognized strategy for achieving service delivery,

turn-over ceremony. The construction of IP Heritage

poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes.

(Jonabeth G. Agana KC-DSWD IX)


Second Quarter 2018 RDC Communicator  

The RDC Communicator is the official quarterly publication of Regional Development Council IX.

Second Quarter 2018 RDC Communicator  

The RDC Communicator is the official quarterly publication of Regional Development Council IX.