RDC 7 remains without chairperson

November 12, 2010 1:05 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 12 — The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Visayas is still without a chairperson.

President Benigno "Noynoy" C. Aquino III is yet to receive the recommendations from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), which acts as the secretariat in RDC activities.

Among the nominees for chairperson are Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.

From the NEDA list, Aquino appoints an RDC chairperson.

The position was debated upon during an RDC 7 full council meeting last August.

Siquijor Gov. Orlando Fua, Jr., also a nominee to chair the RDC, moved for the list of nominees to be submitted to the President.

Rep. Pablo Garcia (Cebu, 2nd district) opposed the move, which resulted to a division of the house. His daughter, Gov. Garcia, is the last chief executive to hold the position.

There were 40 people, though, who voted to give Aquino a free hand in choosing the RDC head, while only nine, including Gov. Garcia, voted against it.

Of the seven nominees, five are public officials: Garcia, Rama, Fua, Bohol Gov. Edgardo Chatto, and Negros Oriental Gov. Agustin Perdices. The two nominees from the private sector were Jose Ng of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Argeo Melicimo of the Loboc Youth Education Association. (PNA) LOR/PTR/EB/bh


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