Lobregat: RDC stand on regional center big help in decision-making PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 March 2011 15:21

Mayor Celso Lobregat has expressed elation over the decisive action of the members of the Regional Development Council Thursday where they chose to endorse Zamboanga City as the regional center in Region 9.

He stressed that the RDC stand on the regional center issue will be a big help in the decision-making process of the national government. “Grande este ayuda pero hinde este el final decision, but this will be an input in the decision making process of the administration “.

The Presidential Management Staff (PMS) through Atty. Herminio Bagro III (chief of staff) has written RDC-9 chair and Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy seeking the RDC’s stand on the regional center issue to aid the concerned agencies that are conducting a study on the matter.

“To aid us in our study, may we request the official position of the Regional Development Council of Region IX regarding the issue on where the Regional Center should be located and what the considerations are for choosing the said location”, Atty. Bagro said in his letter dated February 17, 2001, the deadline of which was February 24. However, Mayor Uy requested for an extension, which was consequently granted, until the next RDC-9 meeting set for March 3 (last Thursday).

During the RDC meeting Thursday at the Top Plaza in Dipolog City, the RDC underwent through various processes in order to arrive at its final decision where it overwhelmingly voted to endorse Zamboanga City as the location of the regional center of Region 9.

RDC Resolution Number IX-008-11 cited the various circumstances that led to the final decision of the body as well as a brief background of the regional center transfer issue.

The RDC underwent two rounds of votation for the selection of the location of the regional center by secret balloting. The first round revealed the following results: Zamboanga- 22 votes, Pagadian City- 5 votes, Dipolog City- 3 votes, Ipil- 2 votes with 2 members abstained. The second round of votation with choices of the top two highest votes from the first round result, yielded the following: Zamboanga City- 26 votes, Pagadian City- 4 votes with 4 members abstained.

Aside from the RDC, the different regional offices and local government units in the region were asked by Malacanang to prepare position papers on the issue specifically citing where they prefer the regional center to be located.

The request for position papers was a result of the Malacanang Memorandum circular 11 dated Dec. 22, 2010 where the PMS, Department of Interior and Local Government, Civil Service Commission, National Economic Development Authority, and the Department of Budget and Management were directed to make a study on the transfer of all departments and agencies from Zamboanga to Pagadian.  The same order mandates a 30-day moratorium on the transfer which expired January 22.

Malacanang however, issued MC 11-A extending the moratorium until March 31.
Mayor Lobregat said the RDC in 2001 approved a similar resolution naming Zamboanga City as the regional center in Region 9. — Sheila Covarrubias