Davao mayor heads RDC 11

Subscribe Now December 15, 2010 at 08:04pm

President Aquino has appointed City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte as chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) for the term 2010-2013.

While Vicente T. Lao, RDC 11’s outgoing chairman for 2007-2010, has been designated as co-chairman. “The appointment of Mayor Duterte as RDC 11 Chairperson, along with Mr. Lao as Co-Chairman is a welcome development for Davao Region,” RDC 11 Vice Chairperson and National Economic Development Authority 11 (NEDA 11) Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim said as she announced the President’s new appointments.

“We are pleased to have a strong, dynamic team to jointly lead the council for the next three years,” she added.

The RDC is the highest policy-making body in the region and the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the area.

As head of the council, Duterte will direct the formulation and implementation of a comprehensive regional development plan and investment program; review, revise and approve policy recommendations, plans and programs; supervise the monitoring of major inter-provincial and region-wide development activities; and represent the region in Cabinet meetings and other activities at the national and sub-national levels.

The President has selected Duterte from the government sector, while Lao comes from the private sector.

Duterte is the first lady RDC 11 chairperson, as well as the first to be appointed from the government sector since the establishment of the RDC 11 in 1986.

Duterte is a lawyer by profession and senior partner of the Carpio-Duterte Law Office.

She served as this city’s vice mayor for the term 2007-2010.

While Lao is currently the Chairperson of the Mindanao Business Council, a Philippine country representative to the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysian-Philippines – East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Business Council and member of the Board of Trustees of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

Source: mb.com.ph

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