The Province of Guimaras participated in the Regional Development Administration Committee (RDAC) 1st Quarter Regular Meeting on February 29, 2024 at Jalaur Conference Room, NEDA Regional Office VI, Iloilo City.

Planning Officer III and the technical secretariat of the province’s DAC, Ms. Charity G. Jancorda, represented the PPDO during the said meeting.

The meeting was chaired by the Presiding Officer, Chairperson, DAC VI, and Regional Director of DILG VI, Juan Jovian Ingeniero, CESO IV. In his opening remarks, he emphasized that we have only 6 years left until we aim to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Thus, a significant challenge lies ahead of us. However, he said that, through collective effort and collegial spirit, we can accomplish our sector objectives and fulfill the aspirations of every Filipino for a thriving and predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor.

Out of the four agenda items presented, the PSA requested three (3) RSC Resolutions for the endorsement of the RDAC to the RDC Full Council Meeting which were accordingly approved.

Ms. Jona Ruth G. Alonte, Assistant Regional Director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Regional Office 11, Iloilo City discussed the tax collection performance of the region, which reached a total of PHP 15,979,784,160.15 in 2023.

This represents an 8.29% increase compared to the 2022 collection amounting to PHP 14,757,123,124.68.

Ms. Alonte also shared the Tax Campaign Jingle and Logo for the year 2023, which have the theme “Sa Tamang Buwis, Pag-Asenso’y Mabilis.” In conclusion, she reminded everyone that the deadline for filing the 2023 Annual Income Tax returns is April 15, 2024.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 Catch-Up Plan presented as part of the agenda was a workshop output aimed at addressing the regressing SDG indicators ably presented by Ms. Trisha Marie L. Cuenca, LGOO II, DILG VI.

The highlights of which were the recommendations for the Catch-Up Plan Matrix such as the provision of technical notes on how to fill up the matrix, the additional column for the timeline of implementation of interventions as well as the budgetary requirements and identification of the prioritization tool for indicators of the matrix to know which specific areas should be addressed first.

The last agenda which comprehensively provides substantial data and information on various sectors is the Regional Development Report 2023 which provides the region’s socio-economic performance based on the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2023-2028.