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The Social Development Committee (SDC) convened during the conduct of the National Regional Consultative Meeting held last June 25-26, 2015 at the Astoria Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

The SDC is an inter-agency committee that advises the President and the National Economic and Development Agency (NEDA) Board on matters concerning social development including education, manpower, health and nutrition, population and family planning, housing, human settlements, and the delivery of other social services of the 17 regions in the country. Based on this, it recommends appropriate policies, programs, and projects consistent with the national development objectives.

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) represented by the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), and Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) participated in the said meeting.

The RPDO, as the technical secretariat of the Regional Social Development Committee in ARMM (RSDC-ARMM) headed by Executive Director Engr. Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, facilitated the inclusion of regional issues and concerns that were discussed and deliberated during the meeting.

Ms. Alia Raida A. Macaumbos, Chief of the RPDO-Social Planning Division (SPD) said that the meeting was an opportunity which tackled the social-related problems that needs to be elevated to the national committee level.

On the first day of the meeting, the agenda discussed were the application of Normative Funding in the Allocation of Expenditures to State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), K to 12 Transition Program, Results of the APEC discussions and agreements related to social protection and labor, Review of 1991 Local Government Code, Convergence initiatives, Implication of ASEAN integration on the Philippine Labor Market and Skills requirements, Enhanced local shelter planning guidelines, and Updates/status of initiatives to expand Philhealth coverage of the informal sector.

On the second day, the meeting was focused on the deliberation of Regional Issues and Concerns and the presentation of the ARMM-Humanitarian and Development Action Plan (HDAP) 2015-2016 by Atty. Laisa Masuhud-Alamia, ORG-Executive Secretary.

The ARMM-HDAP is one of the government initiatives in addressing the immediate needs of the economic, social, and conflict-stricken communities in the region especially in the Maguindanao province.

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