RDC 8 selecting new private sector representatives

July 12, 2013 10:23 am 

TACLOBAN CITY, July 12 — The Regional Development Council (RDC) is now selecting private sector representatives (PSRs) who will participate in the highest policy-making body’s deliberation until 2016.

National Economic Development Authority Regional Director Bonifacio Uy, acting RDC chair, said they are now updating the list of accredited sectors/organizations that will nominate PSRs, which comprises 25 percent of the RDC membership.

“We have agreed to select a regional representative for all sectors since all concerns should be represented in the regional level,” Uy said.

In a meeting Thursday, RDC members spent an hour before arriving a consensus whether to pursue or not the geographical selections of PSRs.

The RDC has opened 15 slots for PSRs to represent their respective sectors. Among these are the information and communication and technology, tourism, agriculture and fishery, health, environment, agribusiness, banking, transportation and energy.

Also included are sectors of labor, academic, small and medium enterprises, business group, women and children, persons with disabilities, urban poor, senior citizens, consumer groups, and communications and media.

Section 14 of Executive Order 325 fixes the term of office of the RDC Chairman, Co-Chairman and PSRs at three years, to coincide with the regular term of elected officials. Only the PSRs undergo a selection process, as the rest of the RDC members are by virtue of their positions, ex-officio members of the RDC.

PSRs are first nominated by a Private Sector Organization duly qualified by the RDC from among the government agency registered PSOs in the region.

A PSR member receives an honorarium of P2, 000 for attending full quarterly RDC meeting and P2,500 for participating in monthly committee meetings. (PNA)

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