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RDC6, NEDA launch ‘Regional Development Plan for 2023-2028’

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Western Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC 6) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 6 in a significant stride towards inclusive and sustainable growth, launched the Western Visayas Regional Development Plan (WV RDP) 2023-2028, July 14 at the RDC Conference Hall, NEDA 6 here. 

The WV RDP 2023-2028 is the region’s overall six-year blueprint in development planning which is geared towards the achievement of the country’s long-term vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat.

The launching was anchored on the theme “Transforming the Youth as Plan Ambassadors” to increase awareness and appreciation of the academe and youth sector. 

It was attended by student representatives from various universities in Western Visayas, Regional Development Council members, Planning Committee Chairs, and other invited guests who joined the official launch. 

In his message, NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development group Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos said that the plan is fully aligned with Ambisyon 2040 of the national government and the launching marks not the end but rather the beginning of a crucial phase.

“It is now our collective responsibility to transform these strategies into tangible action and continually evaluate their effectiveness,” he said.

Abad Santos likewise commends Region 6 for being the fastest-growing region in terms of economic growth with 9.3 percent in 2022, exceeding the national average of 7.2 percent.

“Hopefully we can sustain this growth momentum of our region,” he added, noting that the growth was driven by the service sector.

The comprehensive plan aims to propel the region towards economic prosperity, social development, and environmental sustainability over the next five years.

With the launch of the WV RDP 2023-2028, Western Visayas sets itself on a path of accelerated development and contribution towards the achievement of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028 targets, the 8-point socioeconomic agenda of the Marcos administration, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2023.  (AAL/ED/PIA6)

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