The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC), with RDC Chairperson Sol F. Matugas presiding, conducted the Advisory Committee (AdCom) meeting last 8 March 2018 at Speaker Belmonte Hall, Southwing Annex, Batasang Pambansa, Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

The AdCom meeting sought to engender the support of the Congresspersons for the RDC-endorsed budgets of Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) for FY 2019. During the meeting, the Committee encouraged the RLAs to “think big” and to propose bigger but rational increases in their budgets. Furthermore, Congresspersons expressed their support for the proposed budgets of Caraga RLAs.

Fourteen RLAs presented their proposed budgets for FY 2019 and the Congresspersons were given time to comment and ask for clarifications on the proposed FY 2019 budgets for enhancement.

The AdCom meeting was personally attended by six Caraga Congresspersons while three sent their Chiefs of staff. NEDA- Regional Development Office Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro graced the meeting and delivered a short message to the guests and participants.

The Advisory Committee is composed of the Caraga RDC Executive Committee (ExeCom) and the Caraga Congresspersons. One of the functions of the Committee is to advise RLAs and SUCs in the preparation and review of their annual budgets.

Paul Edward B. Castillo, NEDA-Caraga