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BFAR-Caraga Regional Director, Juan D. Albaladejo attends launching of RDP, PDP for 2017 to 2022

Representing the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga Region, RD Juan D. Albaladejo attended the launching of the Caraga’s Regional Development Plan (RDP) and Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for the year 2017-2022 hosted by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Caraga, recently held at LMX Convention Center, Butuan City last August 1, 2017.

Gracing the launching was Usec Adoracion M. Navarro of NEDA who represented Sec. Ernesto M. Pernia, as she gave an overview of what are contained in the 500-page Regional Development Plan (RDP) of Caraga.

“The Caraga RDP complements the National Development Plan which is the first medium-term plan that is geared towards realizing the 2040 vision of the Filipino people, “Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay”. The RDP seeks to lay down a solid foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and a globally competitive knowledge economy. These aspirations are underlined in the major pillars of Malasakit, Pagbabago at Patuloy na Pag-unlad which is anchored on the President’s Socio-economic Agenda and geared towards the country’s long-term vision as well as Sustainable Development Goals.” Usec Navarro said.

In her keynote speech, she highlighted that by year 2022, the Caraga Region is envisioned to become the Fishery, Agro-forestry, Mineral and Ecotourism (FAME) Center of the Country by developing and utilizing its abundant, natural endowments in agriculture, fishery and aquaculture, forestry, mineral and eco-tourism.

Usec Navarro elaborated that the development of the fisheries sector will be geared towards processing of marine and inland water resources including fish canning and exporting of high-value aquamarine products such as sea lobsters, crabs, tuna, and live grouper which are abundant in the region.

She also stressed in her speech her optimism to increase the employment rate in Caraga through alternatives to mining.

“To make sure that growth is felt by the people, we have a lot of challenges. Thus, we need to really be watchful of how these strategies that are formulated and being implemented.” Usec Navarro, said.

She ended her speech by leaving a good message from Dr. Jose Rizal, contained in a document entitled, To the Young Women of Malolos: “The tragedy of others can be due to the negligence and cowardice of some.”

“And I hoped that in the implementation of the Caraga Regional Development Plan, we take that challenge - that is given to us by our national hero.” She added.

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