By Emelie Daquipil

The Cordillera Regional Development Council approved during its April 12, 2013 Special Meeting its vision, mission and goal (VMG).

The new vision sees the region’s highest policy-making body as the “premier catalyst for achieving autonomy and advancing equitable and sustainable physic-socio-cultural and economic development for improved choices and quality of life for the people of the Cordilleras.”

To attain this vision, it shall “unify, integrate and coordinate all efforts towards the establishment of an autonomous region and thereby accelerate physico-social- cultural and economic development”. Its goals shall be to: (1) strengthen government and private sector partnership, (2) increase access, mobilization, and utilization of resources, (3) expand collaborative national and international linkages, (4) enhance capability for development management, and (5) improve knowledge management.

The crafting of the new VMG is in response to a major decision arrived at during the RDC Strategic Planning Workshop held on January 23-24, 2013 at the Mount Data Hotel, Mountain Province. During the said workshop, the RDC decided that there is a need to formulate a new set of vision, mission and goals that would define itself as an institution.The general sentiment at that time was that the RDC’s present VMG was primarily an expression of support to the CAR Regional Development Plan.

The draft TWG was formulated during a three-day workshop attended by a technical working group composed of the RDC Co-Chairman Virgilio C. Bautista, Vice-Chairperson and NEDA Director Milagros A. Rimando, the Watershed Secom Chair and DENR Director Clarence Baguilat, DILG-CAR Director John Castañeda, DBM Asst. Director Irene Gahid, and Private Sector Representatives Dr. Peter Cosalan and Mr. John Bugaling, The group also prepared the Cordillera Social Protection (SPCAR) Roadmap, the 2013 Work and Financial Plan, and the Proposed SPCAR Fund Allocation, all of which were also approved during the April 11 meeting.