The NEDA Region 7, as secretariat of the Central Visayas Regional Development Research Council (CV-RDRC), organized a workshop on the formulation of the successor Central Visayas Regional Development Research Agenda (CV-RDRA), an accompanying document of the Regional Development Plan for 2023-2028.

The workshop, facilitated by Dr. Richard R. Jugar from the University of San Carlos, was held last 6-7 December 2022 at Bai Hotel, Mandaue City, Cebu.

The workshop sought to involve stakeholders in the region in a collaborative process to identify research priorities for each of the eight socioeconomic agenda identified by the current administration and develop a set of research projects, studies, and initiatives aligned with these priorities.

Members of the Central Visayas Regional Development Council engaged in a series of workshops where the members identified their priorities, their strengths or areas of expertise, formulated projects, studies, and initiatives, and generated research themes in line with the eight-point socioeconomic agenda.

Bringing all the lessons from the implementation of the RDRA 2017-2022, the successor RDRA 2023-2028 is envisioned to be more operational and specific containing possible sub-topics based on the socio-economic agenda as contained in the successor Philippine Development Plan and RDP framework as well as support the implementation of the Philippine Innovation Act.

NEDA 7 OIC- Regional Director and chairperson of the Central Visayas RDRC Dolores J. Molintas emphasized in her message that the RDRA will increase the utilization of the region’s research outputs to impact key areas of change in the 2023-2028 Philippine and Regional Development Plans, including innovation as a key element to development, that will redound to realizing the country’s long-term vision, AmBisyon Natin 2040.

It is expected that the output of the workshop will be further enhanced by the RDRC member-institutions to be validated using the successor RDP. Together, these will comprise a coherent research agenda that will guide the region’s research work in the next six years.