2 priority projects for Zampen endorsed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:33

The Development Administration Committee-9 (DevAdCom-9) endorsed the Terms-of-Reference on the selection of priority projects for Zamboanga Peninsula and consequently two priority projects for Region 9: the Integrated Radio-based Communication System in Zamboanga Peninsula of Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) and Regional Rehabilitation Center (Half-Way House) of Parole and Probation Administration-9 (PPA-9) during its 3rd quarter meeting on August 19, 2014 at Chandler Suites in Pagadian City.

Police Sr. Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela of PRO-9 explained that the “proposed establishment of repeater sites where radio repeaters are used in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula would result to a concerted effort and quick response of uniformed men both from the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines during emergency cases.”

Meanwhile, Assistant Regional Director Lizabel Caoile of PPA-9 said that “throughout the country only Regions 6 and 8 have regional rehabilitation centers.

Senator Bongbong Marcos sponsored a bill during the 16th Congress entitled: An Act Promoting the Correction and Rehabilitation of Criminal Offenders and Facilitating their Reintegration into the Community, Establishing for the purpose Community Corrections Development Centers in Each Region of the Country, Appropriating Funds therefore and for Other Purposes. The said bill is still pending before the Senate since September 25, 2013.”

The Committee also endorsed the institutionalization of the Regional Development Budgeting Process Framework (RDBPF) as proposed by NEDA Regional Office-9. The institutionalization of the RDBPF is a proposed alternative fiscal reform intended to bridge the gaps in regional budget allocation, through the RDCs allowing for greater transparency, efficiency and accountability in the distribution and utilization of public funds across regions.

Lt. Col.  Victor D. Tanggawohn, Jr. of 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division provided situation updates pertaining to peace and security concerns in Region-9. While, Ms. Lourdes Amores, DOLE Provincial Head of Zamboanga del Sur presented the guidelines in the implementation of DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP) and Government Internship Program (GIP).

DILEEP is DOLE’s contribution to the government agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction through transitional emergency employment and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises. On the other hand, GIP aims to provide young workers, particularly the poor/indigent, opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service. — Loreta E. Lapad, NEDA-9