RDC-X Execom confirms health, competitiveness projects

May 11, 2014

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Major USAID health projects in the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte and the results of the competitiveness survey of the region’s towns and cities were the subjects of the 103rd Executive Committee Meeting of the Regional Development Council for Region X (RDC-X) held 29 April 2014 at a local hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

 

The Execom unanimously approved its advocacy and support for USAID supported projects aimed at helping the Philippines achieve Universal Health Care through the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan through high impact interventions in maternal and child health and family planning in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte and tuberculosis control in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.

 

Gov Khalid Dimaporo closes the 103rd Execom meeting of RDC-X

 

“These project sites were selected on the basis of high unmet needs for family planning and maternal and child care, and low case detection and low cure rates for tuberculosis,” said Dr. Aristedes C. Tan, DOH-X regional director.  

 

The USAID provides technical assistance and health-related commodities which are already being distributed in the project sites. The projects are being implemented by DOH-X and USAID in collaboration with the subject local government units and regional line agencies, he added.  

 

The Execom also unanimously authorized the request for its support for the submission of the results of the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) 2014 to the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) as requested by the Regional Competitiveness Technical Working Group 10 (RCTWG) chaired by DTI Region X.

 

“This request stems from Executive Order No. 44 issued by President Benigno Aquino III which aims to improve the competitiveness ranking of the country by mandating the National Competitiveness Council to push for the implementation of the Action Agenda for improved governance and competitiveness in the country,” said NEDA-X’s Engr. Alan Olavides.

 As part of efforts to mainstream national competitiveness into the RDC-X Development Agenda, the

RCTWG was created to lead in the submission of competitiveness indicators to the NCC.

 

Engr Alan Olavides requests the EXECOM to authorize the submission of survey results to the NCC for the 2014 CMCI

 

“One of our major activities is to come up with local competitiveness indicators that aim to strategically map out how to make our towns and cities more competitive vis a vis other ASEAN cities,” Engr. Olavides said. “The Local Competitiveness Survey piloted in 2013 generated data on core indicators which enabled the ranking of towns and cities across the country to allow local comparisons that enabled lagging localities to focus on gaps and trigger catch up activities.”

 

In compliance with the NCC directive to the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) to conduct the CMCI for 2014, the RCTWG confirmed last April 25 receipt of the initial results submitted by 22 of the 26 LGUs in the region which are now being validated for submission to the NCC by the May 9, 2014 deadline.

 

“As of today, Lantapan and Libona in Bukidnon and Jimenez and Tangub City in Misamis Occidental have yet to complete their submissions,” Engr. Olavides said.

 

The NCC named Cagayan de Oro City the most competitive in the city for 2013 based on survey results submitted in 2012.

 

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