The implementation of two critical studies under the NEDA Research and Development Program officially begins this January.

For the study Estimating the Fiscal Viability of Establishing an Autonomous Region of the Cordilleras (ARC), the first meeting of NEDA-CAR with the consultant, Mr. Joseph Laurence Peñas, was held January 22, 2018 at the RDC Hall. There was a levelling-off of expectations based on the study’s Terms of Reference.  Also presented and discussed were the study’s data requirements and their possible sources.

The study costs P1.3 million and is expected to be completed by the second week of May 2018.  It was proposed by NEDA-CAR to provide basis for analyzing the capacity of the proposed regional autonomous government to financially support itself. It will include a ten-year forecast on the expenditure requirements and revenue-generating capacity of the region given existing and other potential sources or revenues and considering past trends, inflation rates and other relevant factors.   Policy recommendations to improve the fiscal viability of the autonomous region shall also be proposed.  By the end of April, a research dissemination forum shall be conducted to inform the region’s major development stakeholders of the findings of the study and get their feedback, inputs and policy recommendations.

Meanwhile, Certeza Infosys Corporation, the consultants for the study Estimating the Urban Carrying Capacity of Baguio City, will be meeting with NEDA-CAR on February 6 to discuss details of the study’s Terms of Reference. This P 3.381 million study, with a duration of six months, was proposed in response to incessant calls by the region’s development stakeholders to assess the Baguio City’s urban carrying capacity.  The assessment will focus on the environmental and ecological context, urban facilities and public perception.  Based on the study’s findings, the population threshold shall be determined, and appropriate policies and directions recommended to guide the stakeholders in managing the City’s urban development growth.