What is RDC?

Coordinate the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of short and long-term regional development plans and investment programs, regional physical framework plan and special development plans, including the formulation of policy recommendations

Integrate approved development plans of provinces and cities, line agencies, state universities and colleges, government owned and controlled corporations and special development authorities in the region into the regional development plan

Review, prioritize and endorse to the national government the annual and multi- year sectoral investment programs of the region for funding and implementation

Review and endorse to the national government the annual budgets of agency regional offices, state colleges and universities and special development authorities

Promote and direct the inflow and allocation of private investments in the region to support regional development objectives, policies and strategies

Review and endorse national plans, programs and projects proposed for implementation in the region

As required by the Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC), review and endorse projects of national government agencies that have impact on the region and projects of LGUs in the region requiring national government financial exposure which may come in the form of guarantees, national government budget appropriations or subsidies, among others

Review and approve proposed local projects for Private Public Partnership funding, cost above PHP 50 Million up to PHP 200 Million (section 2.7 of RA 7718)

Initiate and coordinate the development, funding and implementation of regional and special development projects such as those involving several agencies or LGUs

Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of development programs and projects undertaken by government agencies, local government units, state colleges and universities, government-owned and/or controlled corporations and special development authorities in the region

Perform other related functions and activities as may be necessary to promote and sustain the socio-economic development of the regions

The Regional Development Council was created by virtue of Letter of Implementation (LOI) No. 22 issued by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on December 31, 1972 pursuant to the implementation of the Integrated Reorganization Plan of 1972. The Regional Development Council (RDC) was then given the primary task of coordinating the development planning and policy-making in the region.

Over the years, the RDC, or the Council, evolved to become the highest planning and policy-making body in the region. Its mandate is provided in Article X, Section 14 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, which states that: “The President shall provide for RDCs or other similar bodies composed of local government officials, regional heads of departments and other government offices, and representatives from non-government organizations within the regions for purposes of administrative decentralization to strengthen the autonomy of the units therein and to accelerate the economic and social growth and development of the units in the region.” Subsequent Executive Orders issued by the President providing for the reorganization of the RDCs:

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