DU30 ap­points EdPam in RDC

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

The Mala­cañan Palace has for­mally re­leased the let­ter of ap­point­ment signed by none other than Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte him­self re­gard­ing the ap­point­ment of League of Cities of the Philip­pines Pres­i­dent and Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pam­intuan as the new chair­per­son of the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (RDC) in Cen­tral Lu­zon un­der the Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (NEDA).

Dated De­cem­ber 12 of this year, it was in­di­cated in the of­fi­cial let­ter that pur­suant to the pro­vi­sions of ex­ist­ing laws, the chair­per­son shall serve for a term of 3 years, which shall co­in­cide with his reg­u­lar term as lo­cal elec­tive of­fi­cial.

This de­vel­op­ment came in af­ter a buzz of ap­point­ing Pam­intuan to DILG spread in the city. With the new role of EdPam in RDC, not only he could still serve his fel­low An­geleños as city mayor but also it would be eas­ier for him to pur­sue his in­fra­struc­ture projects for Angeles to fur­ther im­prove traf­fic flow in this highly ur­ban­ized city as well as cas­cad­ing pri­or­ity projects in Re­gion 3.

Some of the up­com­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects he is eye­ing in­clude the Aba­can De­vel­op­ment Cor­ri­dor that will con­nect east and west Angeles to SCTEx/ NLEx; the East Cir­cum­fer­en­tial Road; thein­ter­change/fly­over­from NLEx Angeles City toll­gate to MacArthur High­way; and the Cuayan Bridge con­nect­ing to SCTEx.

Truly, his ap­point­ment as chair­man of the RDC-3 by Pres­i­dent Digong is an­other lau­rel for the An­geleños and Ka­pam­pan­gans. The 5time city mayor’s fo­cus as chair­per­son is to make all may­ors “have a say” in co­or­di­na­tion with their re­spec­tive gov­er­nors in Cen­tral Lu­zon. This idea ac­tu­ally makes a lot of sense be­cause they are the front-lin­ers of their com­mu­nity. May­ors should know what needs to be

done in their ju­ris­dic­tion, and they are the ones who should in­form their provin­cial gov­er­nor about the pri­or­i­ties of a town or city.

The Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil is con­sid­ered to be the high­est plan­ning and pol­icy-mak­ing body in a re­gion. It serves as the coun­ter­part of NEDA Board at the na­tional level. By look­ing at it, RDC seems to be the main in­sti­tu­tion that co­or­di­nates and sets the di­rec­tion of all eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in a re­gion like Cen­tral Lu­zon. The coun­cil may also serve as a fo­rum where lo­cal pro­grams can be in­te­grated with other re­gional or na­tional de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

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