The Cordillera Regional Development Council approved the inclusion of several government and private organizations as regular and Special Non-Voting Members (SNVMs).

This move is to promote an even more extensive and active participation and support from government and private organizations. It is also in response to the inclusion of additional members at the NEDA Board. The NEDA Board, which is chaired by the President,  is the highest policy making body in the country.  The Regional Development Council, the Board’s counterpart at the regional level, should have a similar composition of members.

Signed on March 11, 2014, RDC-CAR Resolution Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 endorsed the following government agencies as regular RDC members:  Department of Energy (DOE), Housing & Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), Presidential Management Staff of the Office of the President (OP-PMS), and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

The new SNVMs, selected based on a set of criteria previously approved by the RDC, include the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Irrigation Authority (NIA), Philippine National Police (PRO-COR), and from the private sector – the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG).

To complete the 9 government and 3 private sector slots allotted for SNVMs,  the RDC will select on April 11, 2014 additional 4 government agencies and 2 private sector organizations to join the RDC. This will bring to 68 the total number of RDC members for the Cordillera Region.

by Emelie Daquipil, NEDA-CAR