The key elements of plan implementation are: investment programming, plan advocacy and program/project implementation. The investment program is a concrete expression of the plan objectives. It is important that the Plan is known and understood by the stakeholders so that they will know their roles and will be able to contribute to the successful implementation of the Plan. This is achieved by plan advocacy activities.
The following objectives shall be pursued in plan implementation:
Plan objectives are achieved in consideration of the optimum use of limited resources; and
Public, private sector and civil society are aware of the Plan and are able to participate in plan implementation.
The strategies, programs and projects in the Plan will be implemented in 2008-2010 with the supervision of the concerned agencies and instrumentalities. The RDC shall coordinate the overall implementation in providing the direction in coordination with the sectoral, special and affiliate committees. The local government units (LGUs) will have the Bicol Regional Development Plan as a basic input document to local planning and policy making. The private sector shall participate in the prioritization and monitoring of identified programs and projects.
The following strategies shall be done to ensure that plan objectives are achieved in consideration of the optimum use of limited resources:
The Comprehensive Investment Programming Guidelines (CIPG) shall be the main mechanism to ensure that programs and projects proposed for national government funding are consistent with the Plan objectives. The RDC sectoral committees play a critical role in this process. The CIPG starts with the submission of project proposals by line agencies, local government units (LGUs), government owned and controlled corporations(GOCCs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) with the required documents. These documents are: the project feasibility study or comprehensive project profile, concurrence of line agency that will implement that project, concurrence of the local government unit where the project will be located and a resolution of approval from the Board of Regents or Trustees for SUCs. These projects comprise the Project Identification List (PIL).
Prioritization of projects for the medium-term shall be done through a process whose output is the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP). The RDIP is the basis for identifying projects for inclusion to the agency budget proposals for a fiscal year. A set of core criteria plus the criteria set by the concerned sectoral committee will be used in prioritizing projects to be endorsed by the RDC to agency central offices.
The Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) shall be regularly updated to closely align to that of the MTRDP updating. The RDIP shall contain programs and projects that will be consistent with the “8 by 08 priorities”. This should focus on the government response on job opportunities, improvement in the cost of living, peso appreciation, investment enhancement, pro-poor education program, health, housing and anti-hunger measures, anti-terrorism measures implementation and green Philippines to bring out the new and competitive Philippine economy in the face of globalization.
The Bicol Project Development Committee (BPDC) shall provide technical assistance in developing projects to ensure high probability of being funded.
Fund Sourcing: Various programs and projects can be funded out from various sources either through loans, grants, build-operate-transfer (BOT), build-operate-own (BOO), build-operate-lease (BOL) and other schemes for the private sector, funding from the national government appropriations through the General Appropriations Act (GAA), GOCCs, GFIs, local government funds, Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), bond flotation and Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Advocacy shall be a part of plan implementation to ensure wide dissemination of the plan. Resources will be committed to build sp; awareness and support for the Plan through capacity building of stakeholders to include trainings, workshops, publication of information materials and other multi-media outlets. The Regional Information and Advocacy Committee (RIAC) shall focus its efforts toward creating awareness and support among plan stakeholders. Networking between and among LGUs, government agencies and the private sector in disseminating the Plan to stakeholders.
The execution of activities/programs/projects shall be the responsibility of the concerned offices, agencies, LGUs or SUCs. The RDC and the sector committees shall take an important role in the project implementation by comparing actual accomplishment versus Plan targets and considering the timetable for implementation.
There is a need to continue enhancing the capacities of LGUs on development planning, project development, implementation and management. Local Development Councils (LDCs) and special development bodies need to be strengthened to effectively perform their mandated functions. Implementation of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2007 issued by DILG, NEDA, DBM and DOF entitled “Harmonization of Local Planning, Investment Programming, Revenue Administration, Budgeting and Expenditure Management” must be strictly enforced. LGUs are expected to prepare their Comprehensive and Physical Plans with the Regional Development Plan as guide in the identification of thrusts and priorities for the respective provinces and other local government units.
Private sector will be encouraged to participate actively to provide a different perspective in plan implementation. The Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) to the RDC can be of great help in the review/evaluation and monitoring of major projects especially in the geographical area that they represent. Sectoral concerns will likewise be given attention in the course of program/project implementation through consultation with target beneficiaries. The print and broadcast media shall be partners in plan advocacy and serve as “watchdogs” against graft and corruption in project implementation.