Baguio City – In a bid to consolidate their initiatives and build up broader participation in the region’s development programs and processes, the Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) firmed up their priorities for 2021 on Monday, January 25.

The PSRs intend to sustain their proactive stance on the regional autonomy advocacy, hence, they will be preparing a proposal for a multi-sectoral IEC on autonomy to form part of the RDC autonomy program. This shall be in addition to their specific involvements in advancing regional autonomy.

Responding to the challenge for the establishment of Regional Volunteers Network (RVN) made by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) during the 11th National PSR Convention in June 2020, the PSRs commit to lead the establishment of Cordillera RVN Chapter. Six of the PSRs volunteered to be part of the core team to commence the work in the region.

Moreover, they will be conducting their own review of the guidelines on the PSR selection process to clearly define concerns on nomination requirements, representation and participation, among others. Reinaldo Bautista, Jr., of Jaime Ongpin Foundation, Inc. (JVOFI) and PSR of the Infrastructure Development Sector manifested that said undertaking will be their contribution in institutionalizing clear PSR engagement in the RDC and with the NEDA, the latter being the Council Secretariat.

The PSRs intend to continue being an active voice in the Council by strengthening their group through regular quarterly meetings where they could discuss and come up with a united position on development issues, and share updates on their initiatives. The group likewise selected their core officers for better coordination and management.

Looking forward, the PSRs recognized the constant support of the RDC and NEDA to their initiatives and hope for continuing support to their proposed priorities for 2021. Said priorities accordingly demonstrate their commitment to the sectors and the provinces which they represent.