RDC 11 Chairperson Gov. Anthony G. Del Rosa-rio was selected as the new Chairperson of the Regio-nal Development Commit-tee-Mindanao Area Com-mittee (RDCom-MAC), the Mindanao arm of the NEDA Board-Regional Development Committee (ND-RDCom), during its reorganization meeting on April 7. Gov. Del Rosario was selected by and among the chairpersons of the five Regional Development Councils of Mindanao and the ARMM-Regional Eco-nomic and Development Planning Board. On the other hand, RDC 12 Chair-person Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera of General Santos City was also selected as the Co-Chairperson of the RDCom-MAC. Architect Michael T. Ang, a Private Sector Representative of the Regional Development Council 12, was nominated as the Mindanao Regional Development expert to the Mother RD Committee.
The RDCom-MAC is one of the three area committees of the NEDA Board Regional Develop-ment Committee, which was created on 15 Decem-ber 2003 by virtue of Exe-cutive Order No. 257. The NB-RDCom is chaired by the NEDA Secretary. Its members are the Secreta-ries of Budget and Ma-nagement and of the Inte-rior and Local Government, RDC Chairs or Co Chairs from the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Area Com-mittees, and four regional development experts from business and academe.
Among the functions of the ND-RDCom are to formulate and monitor the implementation of policies on regional growth and equitable allocation of resources among regions, as well as the national framework for regional development. The Com-mittee also directs the formulation and review of the guidelines for regional allocation of agency bud-getary resources. On July 27, 2007, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Executive Order 257 were amended to include the creation of the Area Committees, including the Mindanao Area Committee, whose primary function is to serve as clearing houses for inter-regional concerns.
The RDCom-MAC meeting also discussed priority programs and projects of the six regions in Mindanao for implemen-tation in the next 6 years up to 2022. The total pro-posed cost of 75 major infrastructure projects throughout Mindanao amounted to P419.3 billion. The list of priority programs and projects was endorsed by the RDCom-MAC to the NEDA Board-RDCom and the Department of Budget and Management for consideration in plan-ning and investment prog-ramming of the National Government.