THE Regional Development Council (RDC) of Northern Mindanao approved the Medium-Term Regional Development Plan (MTRDP) for the region for the years 2011-2016.

Director Leon M. Dacanay Jr. of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) in Northern Mindanao presented the plan to the council during its 87th meeting held December 9, 2010 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Northern Mindanao is envisioned to be the leading industrial core and trade center in southern Philippines with dynamic men and women enjoying equal opportunities in harnessing and sustaining its agriculture and natural resources in building a decent, harmonious and safe environment.

In the next six years, it shall present itself as the most competitive, efficient and attractive transshipment hub and venue for industrial ventures.

As the regional economy undergoes transformation, more value-adding activities such as processing and manufacturing shall be intensified to fully harness and sustain its rich agriculture and resource-based endowments and potentials.

The body also agreed to request President Benigno Aquino III and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Board of Trustees to scrap the GSIS’s new policy on survivorship benefits, which removes the survivorship benefits of surviving spouses/dependents who are gainfully employed or have other sources of income.

It further agreed to request the Committees on Government Enterprises and Privatization of the House of Representatives and Government Corporations and Public Enterprises of the Senate to examine GSIS’s efficiency and effectiveness with the end in view of enhancing its policies and benefits.

Also acted during the meeting are the proposed Italian assistance to the Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (ARCDSP); proposed realignment of Junction Sayre Highway-Malaybalay City-Canayan-Kibalabag-Manalog-Adtolawan, Bukidnon-Agusan del Sur boundary; and the proposed power allocation scheme in the Mindanao Grid that will prioritize load dispatch to Northern Mindanao customers during power problem situation, considering that the region is the biggest producer of electric power in Mindanao accounting for about 55 percent of total dependable capacity.

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