BAGUIO CITY –  NEDA-CAR gathered Cordillerans and stakeholders from the government and private sectors for a midterm update of the Cordillera Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 and the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 on September 5. The stakeholders assessed the region’s performance in attaining the RDP targets, its relation to the national Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, and strategized ways to better attain these targets through programs, policies, and legislation.

The Cordillera RDP localizes the targets set in the national PDP which calls for a “matatag, maginhawa, at panataga na buhay” for all Filipinos by 2040. It localizes the PDP by considering the unique culture and geography of the region as well as its Constitutional mandate for regional autonomy. The participants were divided into several clusters, namely, the social sector, the regional economy, peace and security, culture and environment, infrastructure development, and governance. Also updated was the RDIP which details the priority programs and investment plans of the region down to the barangay level.

According to Gregorio Ariz, OIC Assistant Regional Director of NEDA-CAR, indicators have improved two years since the implementation of the RDP 2017-2022. He details that Cordillera’s Gross Regional Domestic Product increased from 2.3% in 2016 to an average of 9.8% in the past 2 years. Poverty has also been reduced at 17.9% in 2018 as compared to 29% in 2015.

Previously, The NEDA-CAR assisted the NEDA National Planning Committee led by Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos in gathering inputs and recommendations for updating the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 during the consultation on July 19. Midway through the President’s term, NEDA is gathering feedback from all over the country for the update of the national development plan.