By ROGER M. BALANZA
The proposal to create the Metro Davao Development Authority has already been submitted to Malacanang for the consideration of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a report by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
The draft Executive Order (EO) creating the Metro Davao Development Authority is already transmitted to the Office of the President for appropriate action, according to the February 21 MinDA report published in the website of the government agency coordinating development efforts in Mindanao.
The creation of the Metro Davao Development Authority, designed to be a policy-making body of local government units (LGUs) in the Davao Region, was first proposed by presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Ground works for the proposal, which is strongly supported by the National Economic Development Authority in Region Eleven (NEDAXI) and the Regional Development Council in Region XI (RDCXI), are now moving.
On Friday, February 21, Mayor Duterte chaired the 1st Quarter Meeting of the newly-created Regional Development Council XI — Metropolitan Davao Development Coordinating Committee (RDC – MDDCC) at the NEDA – RDC XI Center in Bangkal, Davao City.
Organized by NEDAXI as Secretariat, the Committee already passed a Resolution endorsing to the RDC the draft Executive Order (EO) creating the Metro Davao Development Authority, and is already transmitted to the Office of the President for appropriate action.
In the meeting, MinDA Policy, Planning, and Project Development Office Director Reyzaldy Tan also presented and turned over the Metro Davao Urban Master Plan (MDUP) to the Coordinating Committee.
The MUDP is a collaborative project between MinDA, chaired by Manny Pinol, and concerned Local Government Units (LGUs), Davao Integrated Development Program, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners, academes (UP-Mindanao, USEP-Obrero, AdDU, UM) and other key stakeholders. (with MinDA report)