“The P4.9 billion-project, which is financed by the Spanish government through its funding agency AECID, aims to provide structurally sound permanent steel bridges along national roads in order to improve socio-economic, industrial and agricultural activities nationwide,” RDC Presiding Officer and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Severino Santos said.
It involves the construction of 91 units of steel bridges in different regions of the country with an aggregate length of 3,675 meters.
RDC 3 is the highest policy-making body in Central Luzon and serves as the counterpart of the NEDA Board at the subnational level.
It is the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region and serves as a forum where local efforts can be related and integrated with national development activities.
RDC passed a resolution favorably endorsing the Central Luzon component of the P8.8 billion Public-Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project- Phase II (PSIP II) of Department of Education.
“PSIP II will be implemented in 14 out of the 17 regions of the country where 10,679 classrooms will be constructed in 5,167 elementary and secondary schools with one PPP proponent per region,” Santos said.
In Central Luzon alone, a total of 1,017 classrooms will be constructed in 262 schools in its seven provinces.
The estimated cost of Contract Package A; which consists of Regions 1,2,3 and Cordillera; is pegged at P2.258 billion.
Council members include all governors, city mayors, municipal mayors of capital towns, presidents of municipal mayors’ league, regional directors of national government agencies and representatives from the private sector. RDC recently formed a steering committee that would be in charge in the crafting of the 2014-2016 Central Luzon Development Research Agenda.
The team consists of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Science and Technology, Tarlac State University and Central Luzon State University.
“The Development Research Agenda shall come up with a prioritized list of researchable questions based on the development opportunities and challenges identified in the Central Luzon Updated Development Plan,” Santos added.