Region 8’S EDC member-agencies exchanged updates thru video conference

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Created on Monday, 30 March 2020 Published Date

A videoconference among member-agencies of Region 8’s Economic Development Cluster (EDC) presided over by NEDA-8 OIC-Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales was held earlier this afternoon (March 26, 2020).

The virtual on-line exchange served as the ultimate venue or platform for agency heads to discuss updates regarding each agency’s programs and actions to cushion the potential economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (or COVID-19) now shaking the whole wide world.

The economic cluster videoconference tackled a variety of issues as way of assessing COVID-19’s impact, particularly on agriculture, tourism, energy and even labor issues in the manufacturing and construction industries.

Regional Executive Director Angel C. Enriquez of DA-RFO 8 shared the information about the quick response strategies and initiatives being undertaken by DA under the leadership of Secretary William D. Dar.

Foremost among those cited by RED Enriquez include the Rice Farmers’ Financial Assistance, SURE Aid,and the soon to be rolled out stimulus program called “Abot Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 otherwise known as “ALPAS ka sa COVID-19”.

During the videoconference, Director Rosales also solicited updates from other EDC member-agencies, that include the Department of Tourism, the Department of Energy, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Labor and Employment, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, among others.

It was learned thru RD Karen Tiopes of DOT-8 that Eastern Visayas got a share of stranded foreign tourists when Enhanced Community Quarantine was declared. In fact, DOT 8 have monitored and still continuously monitoring and assisting a total of 179 stranded tourists spread over the 6 provinces of the region.

Out of all this, a comprehensive report on program of actions, learning from experiences and insights from various sectors is being contemplated by the cluster as mentioned during this forum. Accordingly, teamwork and synergy of action is all that is needed. And NEDA, being the lead economic agency, is encouraging government agencies, instrumentalities (from national to local), the business sector, NGOs, and citizens alike to help one another, share or exchange ideas and think ahead.

NEDA 8 also requested DOE to ensure that movement and supplies of fuel and petroleum products, especially the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) be widely available in the region. Aside from this, NEDA 8 likewise appealed to DICT to ensure the provision of more efficient and effective information and communications technology as well as information systems. Most especially in these critical times when government and even private sector rely heavily on the internet and the social media to avoid or minimize physical contact between individuals.  (FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFIS)


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