As the highest policy-making body in the region, the Regional Development Council I (RDC-1) held its 2nd Regular Meeting cum Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 launching on July 12, 2017 at the Oasis Country Resort, San Fernando City, La Union to set and harmonize the direction of all economic and social development efforts for the Ilocos Region.
Before proceeding with the agenda of the meeting, Mayor Juan Carlo S. Medina, RDC 1 Chairperson, administered the oath taking of four newly confirmed committee officials of RDC for CY 2017-2019 namely: Dir. Narciso Edillo of the Department of Agriculture as the Economic Development Sectoral Committee(EDSeCom) Chairperson, Engr. William Rojas of the Department of Information and Communication Technology Cluster 1 as Information and Communication Technology Support Committee (ICT—SuCom) Chairperson, Dir. Armando Ganal, Department of Science and Technology Region 1 and Dr. Aurora Samson-Reyna from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU Region 1) as Chairperson and Co-chairperson of Regional Research Council 1, respectively.
Eight resolutions were reviewed, approved and endorsed by the body as a result of the meeting. These resolutions include among others: the endorsement of the membership of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to RDC I which was approved through non-voting scheme; the request to DILG to enjoin local government units in Region I to craft and implement their respective local ordinances pertaining to the DPWH Department Order (D.O.) 73, s. 2014; support to the implementation of Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition CY 2017-2022 under the Department of Health; and approval of the Guidelines in the Formulation of Region 1 Harmonized R & D agenda and the actions desire.
The RDC was established in response to the need for a single regional planning body whose main concern is overall socio-economic development of the region. Regional development planning is necessary to address the uneven economic and social development in the country. This stems from the recognition that the economic and social gains achieved so far have been unequally distributed such that much of the progress has been concentrated in a few regions