The NEDA Regional Office 7 is gearing up for a busy 2023, laying down its plans and activities in the coming months to the staff during the Internal Planning Workshop held last 19-20 December 2022 at the NEDA 7 Conference Hall.

NEDA 7 OIC-RD Dolores Molintas opened the activity by presenting the highlights of the office’s accomplishments for 2022 and its revised thrusts and priorities for 2023. The accomplishments included the crafting of the Central Visayas Typhoon Odette Regional Recovery Program, reorganization of the Regional Development Council, and approved research projects for SDG funding. For 2023, among the Office’s revised thrusts are the completion of important planning outputs, such as the Central Visayas Regional Development Plan with Results Matrices for 2023-2028, the Regional Development Investment Program, the Regional Development Research Agenda, the Research Project on the Status of Internet Access in Central Visayas under the SDG Fund, and the regional counterpart of the NIASD.

Other thrusts include strengthening the investment programming and project monitoring and evaluation processes through an ICT-based information system, enhancing the operations of the Central Visayas RDC, implementing NEDA’s Agency Improvement Plan, enhancing knowledge management, and stregthening stakeholder and employee engagement.

On Day 2, the Office gave out awards for selected employees. Cornelio Guantero, Jr. of PFPD was awarded with the NEDA Advocacy Award, while special and loyalty awards, respectively, were given to Elizabeth Pialan of FAD, and to Ma. Melissa Guantero of PMED and Alvin Rabasano of FAD.

The two-day activity ended with the office’s first face-to-face Christmas party since the pandemic. In her message, RD Molintas urged the staff to enjoy the achievements reached in 2022 despite the shortfalls, and to leave these shortcomings behind and press forward.

The slumber party-themed gathering saw NEDA 7 staff dressing in sleepwear and performing presentations that featured bedtime stories with a Christmas twist. The party ended with the traditional exchanging of gifts.