In preparation for the selection of Private Sector Representatives (PSRs), the Regional Development Council (RDC) – CAR conducted a Second Cordillera Civil Society Organization (CSO) Consultation on June 27, 2016 at the City light Hotel, Baguio City.
The activity, a continuation of the first consultation conducted last April 7, 2016,was an opportunity to discuss the RDC-CAR processes including the selection of the PSRs and their roles in the RDC.
RDC-CAR Vice-Chairman Director Milagros A. Rimando introduced the RDC, its programs and projects, and the opportunities to which private organizations could be a part of. She also mentioned the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR) and the projects that have been conducted and supported by CSOs.
RDC- CAR Secretary Director Jedidia L. Aquino also discussed the qualifications of nominating Private Sector Organization (PSO) and PSR nominees, and the procedure for the selection of the PSR.
She said that the RDC House Rules has set some guidelines to qualify as PSOs. These include being registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or any government agency or local government unit, a Filipino organization, and must have conducted socio-economic development activities in the region for at least three (3) years.
A PSR nominee, on the other hand, must be a Filipino citizen, of legal age, not disqualified by law and with proven track record in socio-economic development in the region. In addition, he/ she must not hold any government position, whether appointive or elective, and must not receive remuneration from the government. The nominee must have been formally nominated by a qualified PSO.
On the selection process, the RDC Secretariat shall determine and prequalify the PSOs that will participate in the PSR selection. Prior to the selection, the qualified PSOs shall submit the name/s of their PSR nominees (1. Sectoral and 2. Geographic) and the name/s of their official voters. The Secretariat shall then prepare the list of official PSR nominees and convene the official voters representing the qualified PSOs to select the PSRs. The selection shall be presided over by an Election Committee whom the chair shall be appointed by RDC Vice-chair. Selection shall be done by secret balloting. The selected PSRs shall be confirmed during the first RDC full council meeting to be held after the selection.
She said that selected PSRs may become a member of any of the RDC’s sectoral committees such as Committee on Indigenous People’s Concerns (CIPC), Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC), Infrastructure Development Committee (Infracomm), Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), Economic Development Committee, Watershed and Environmental Management Committee, and Development Administration Committee (DevAd); or any of the support committees such as Regional Statistics Committee (RSC), Regional Geographic Information System Network (RGISN), Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), Regional Development Budget Coordinating Committee (RDBCC), Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGAD), Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC), and Regional Competitiveness Committee.
The PSRs shall serve for a period of three (3) years. However, a PSR may be terminated if he/she remiss in the performance of his/her duties or commits acts inimical to the RDC.
In closing, Engr. Andres Ngao-i, from the Council of Elders, reminded the participants that private organizations were gathered for regional development of the Cordillera Region and not for their personal motives.
Meanwhile, the RDC, thru its Secretariat, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) – CAR, prepares for the PSR election this August.
by: Maridel P. Langbis, SPCAR