BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) -- The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) has granted approval on the Caraga Regional Recovery Program (RRP) from COVID-19 during its 102nd Full Council meeting on June 26 via teleconference.
Presented by Caraga RDC Vice-Chairperson and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) regional director Bonifacio G. Uy, the RRP is a supplemental program to the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update, which aims to lay down Caraga's COVID-19 recovery roadmap taking into account the region's unique needs arising from the ongoing health crisis.
The RRP spells out the overall assessment on the impacts and challenges in the region arising from the pandemic; strategic action plans; and proposed programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) of the key sectors in the region.
RDC Chairperson and Agusan del Norte Governor Dale B. Corvera reiterated the importance of the said program in rebooting the economy from the losses it had sustained due to the health crisis.
"With the present situation that we are confronted with, we have to deal not just with the socio-economic and health impacts of this pandemic, but also its important implications on the role of the Council - not only as an agent of development, but also as an agent of recovery," the chairperson said.
In the same meeting, the Caraga RDC also passed Resolution No. 27, Series of 2020, entitled "Supporting the Implementation of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program and Approving the Creation of the Special BP2 Committee."
Institutionalized by virtue of Executive Order 114, the BP2 Program is geared towards decongesting Metro Manila's urban areas by encouraging people, especially the informal settlers, to return to their home provinces and assist them in this transition with support and incentives on transportation, family, livelihood, housing, subsistence and education, among others.
Relative to this, the Council resolved that the Special BP2 Committee shall be chaired by the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Caraga Region, Cabinet Secretary Karlo A.B. Nograles and, as an initiative of the region, co-chaired by Caraga RDC Chairperson Gov. Dale B. Corvera.
To conclude the meeting, Gov. Corvera has highlighted the importance of cooperation among local authorities primarily to uplift the welfare of Caraganons amid the difficulties faced.
"Our region's success in bouncing back hinges primarily on our ability to work together, and our accountability in delivering what is expected from each of us. It is only then that we altogether can successfully transition from the pandemic's harsh effects and step into the 'new normal' before us," he affirmed. (Ann B. Jaquilmac, NEDA Caraga/DMNR/PIA-Caraga)