The race is on for the chairmanship of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Zamboanga Peninsula with Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe and three other local chief executives vying for the position to be appointed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.
The three other candidates are Zamboanga del Sur Governor Victor J. Yu, Pagadian City Mayor Samuel S. Co and Dapitan City Mayor Seth Jalosjos.
Together with Dalipe, they submitted their applications during the RDC9 meeting Tuesday in Pagadian City, where each was given time to give a message. Their applications will be submitted to the Office of the President for appointment.
Incumbent NEDA9 Regional Director Phlorita A. Ridao automatically sits as vice-chairperson of RDC9.
Meanwhile, the RDC9 has elected the chairpersons and co-chairpersons of its three key committees on economic, infrastructure and social services as follows: Zamboangueño businessman Pedro Rufo N. Soliven chairs the Economic Development Committee with Department of Science and Technology (DOST9) Regional Director Martin A. Wee, also a Zamboangeño, as co-chairperson.
The Infrastructure Development Committee is chaired by Atty. Carl Andrew M. Rubio, Board member of the Industrial Group of Zamboanga Inc., and DPWH9 Regional Director Cayamombao D. Dia as co-chairperson.
The executive director of Xavier Agriculture Ext. Services, Nestor R. Carbonera, is chairperson of the Regional Social Development Committee with Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE9) Regional Director Atty. Roy L. Buenafe as co-chairperson.
The RDC is the highest planning and policy-making body in the region. It serves as the counterpart of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board at the sub-national level. It is the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region. It also serves as a forum where local efforts can be related and integrated with regional and national development activities.-(Vic Larato)