By Ma. Emelie Daquipil

“Private Sector Representatives should be more involved in regional development planning, monitoring and evaluation”.

This was the challenge posed by the CAR RDC Co-Chairman Dr. Virgilio Bautista in his Closing Message delivered to the representatives of CSOs, NGOs and private companies during the Private Sector Representatives (PSR) Convention (and Selection of RDC PSRs for 2013-2016) held on May 15, 2013 in Baguio City.

The RDC Co-Chairman, also the outgoing Baguio City Geographical Representative for Baguio City, said the PSRs’ function is as critical as any individual or agency working for the government, adding that the PSRs were very strong in pushing the DPWH to fully fund the Cordillera Roads Improvement Project (CRIP). Encouraging the PSRs to be more vigilant and patient in pushing for critical programs and projects in the region, he enthused that the CRIP, conceptualized in 1988, is finally scheduled for completion in 2016.

“As PSRs, we are not paid for our work in the RDC, but when we see the quality of life of the Cordillerans improving, when economic development is happening, when more and more people are being employed, and the nutritional status of the children improved, the psychological compensation is enough reward, Dr. Bautista encouraged. 

Aside from 11 PSRs who will be representing the Sectoral Committees on Development Administration, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Watershed, Social Development, Agriculture, and Indigenous Peoples,  one representative for the Labor Sector and two for the Regional Project Monitoring Committee were likewise selected during the Convention.

Their oath-taking will be during the next RDC meeting tentatively scheduled on June 2013. They will be working with the RDC for the next years.