The meeting was facilitated by the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) as the technical secretariat of the REDPB, headed by Engr. Baintan A. Ampatuan, RPDO Executive Director in close coordination with the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG).
Two (2) members from the Regional Assembly, representatives of the provincial governors, two (2) Non-Government Organization’s representatives and chairpersons of the REDPB sectoral committees such as the Regional Development Administration Committee (RDAC), Regional Economic Development Committee (REDC), Regional Infrastructure Development Committee (RIDC), and Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) participated in the meeting.
Atty. Laisa Masuhud-Alamia, ARMM Executive Secretary presided the meeting in behalf of the Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman as chairman of the Board. She stressed that the meeting is significant in planning for upcoming projects that would spur socio-economic development in the region.
Engr. Ampatuan said that the meeting was convened to discuss vital development concerns such as; a) endorsement of the Mindanao Spatial Strategy/Development Framework by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), b) endorsement of the Mindanao Development Corridor by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and c) approval of Programming of the Annual Infrastructure Funds for 2016.
As the result, nine (9) resolutions were adopted and approved by the REDPB which include the creation of TWG to look into the declaration of the ecozones in the region, adoption of Mindanao Spatial and Strategy/Development Framework and Mindanao Development Corridor subject to inclusion of REDPB comments and priorities in the said Mindanao plan; adoption of annual infrastructure assistance for 2016, realignment of some projects funded under 2015 annual infrastructure funds, as well as the adoption of the organizational re-structuring of DOTC-ARMM for submission to DBM.
REDPB is the highest planning and policy-making body in ARMM composed of different policy-makers specifically the members of the Regional Assembly, provincial governors, city mayors and two (2) representatives from non-government organizations.