A new set of Regional Development Council (RDC) officials for Central Visayas will ensure that programs, projects, and activities implemented in the next three years would lead to the continued socioeconomic development of the region.

Bohol Gov. Erico Aristotle Aumentado, Negros Oriental Gov. Pryde Henry Teves, and private sector representatives (PSRs) Argeo Melisimo of Bohol and Kenneth Cobonpue of Cebu were nominated and

endorsed as chairperson and co-chairperson. The President shall then choose and appoint who among them shall occupy the RDC 7’s top two posts.

New sectoral committee chairpersons were also selected. They are Argeo Melisimo of Bohol for the Development Administration Committee, Melanie Ng of Cebu for the Economic Development Committee, Kenneth Cobonpue of Cebu for the Infrastructure Development Committee, and Dr. Profetiza Lim of Negros Oriental for the Social Development Committee. Aurelio Salgados Jr. of Bohol, Aldwin Joseph Empaces of Cebu, Lim, and Arthur Chan of Siquijor were also selected as representatives to the Regional Project Monitoring Committee.

The new set of RDC 7 officers were selected during a special meeting of the RDC Full Council held on 22 August 2022 in Cebu City. They took their oath of office before Usec. Carlos Bernardo Abad-Santos of the NEDA Regional Development Group.

In his message to the RDC 7, Usec. Abad-Santos stressed that the RDCs are a vital and relevant instrument, being the link between the National Government and local government units in the ongoing recovery from the pandemic and the heightened devolution, in the preparation of the Philippine Development Plan and the various Regional Development Plans for 2023-2028.

Usec. Abad-Santos added that the inclusive nature of the RDC would allow for more participation in providing inputs to both Plans, which he said should have to be aggressive enough so the Philippines can timely attain the outcomes laid out in the AmBisyon Natin 2040.

NEDA 7 OIC-RD Dolores Molintas, for her part, said the RDC can help ensure that public investments reach the countryside so economic development will be more inclusive and resilient.