The Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) held its last Full Council Meeting for 2021 on 03 December 2021, highlighting several activities that it accomplished despite limitations brought on by the ongoing pandemic.

In his message read by RDC Vice Chairperson and NEDA Regional Office 7 Director Efren B. Carreon, RDC Chairperson Kenneth Cobonpue noted that despite the economic setbacks as a result of the pandemic, “Central Visayas continues to perform as a top contributor to the (national) economy.”

He also highlighted the significant milestones achieved by major programs and projects being implemented in the region that the RDC has supported. These include the completion of the 500-passenger capacity Port Operations Building in the Port of Dumaguete, the improvements of the passenger terminal in the Dumaguete Airport, the upgrading of the Cang-Alwang Airport in Siquijor which was inaugurated in August 2021, the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway which is nearing its completion by first quarter next year, and the Metro Cebu Flood Control and Drainage Improvement Projects which cleared a significant portion of our city’s rivers and tributaries.

Cobonpue also noted the inclusion of Central Visayas as among the three pilot regions that were subjected to the estimation of their respective provincial product accounts by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

“This milestone will be helpful in assessing which provinces and highly urbanized cities need interventions to boost their economic performance and need help in their devolution efforts to help us achieve a balanced countryside development so that no one is left behind,” Cobonpue added.

Other notable accomplishments mentioned by Cobonpue were the nearly 5.6 million doses of vaccines administered so far in the region, more than 653,000 doses of which were administered during the three-day National Vaccination Days; and the ongoing series of webinar-trainings conducted to capacitate RDC member agencies and local government units.

Also during the meeting, the Council gave a posthumous award to the family of the late Cebu City mayor Edgardo Labella, to whom the city owes part of its development, Cobonpue said.

Labella’s son Jaypee accepted the award on his family’s behalf and thanked the RDC for the recognition. The RDC also recognized Romualdo Señeris II and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. for having been named the Most Outstanding COVID-19 Volunteer in the individual and organization categories, respectively.