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NorMin RDC backs electoral reforms, expanded COVID-19 testing

Philippine Information Agency
22 Oct 2020, 21:38 GMT+10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, October 22 - The Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council (RDC-X) stands by the call to strengthen the electoral process and to expand COVID-19 testing in stemming local transmission of the COVID-19 disease.

In its 123rd Full Council Meeting via video conference, the RDC-X approved to support House Bills No. 2839 and No. 4574, both filed by Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Congressperson Rufus B. Rodriguez.

HB 2839 entitled, "Providing for Early Voting for Qualified Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities in National and Local Elections" and HB 4574, "Strengthening the Commission on Elections, Amending for the Purpose Pertinent Provisions of Batas Pambansa 881, Otherwise Known as the "Omnibus Election Code," as Amended, Providing Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes are deemed timely and serve as complementary strategies as the government prepares for the next national and local elections amid the pandemic and to protect the electoral process from other public emergencies.

The body also endorsed the proposed establishment of Epidemiology and Surveillance Units at local levels in the region and the Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction or RTPCR laboratory in each province and highly-urbanized city in Northern Mindanao to scale-up testing to cover front-liners and those involved in economic activities.

Moreover, RDC-X Chairperson and Misamis Occidental Governor Philip T. Tan echoed the reminder of the Department of Budget and Management in its Circular Letter No. 2020-11, "Warning against Individuals or Organized Groups claiming to have the Capacity or Influence to Facilitate the Release of Funds to Local Government Units."

"There are no middle men in government offices. The prudent thing is to coordinate directly with the concerned agency. The Department of Budget and Management is the only authority as regards government funds," said Governor Tan.

The Council passed 26 action resolutions, which include the adoption of the "One Map for Conflict Resolution of Tenurial Claims," the creation of an Ad Hoc Technical Working Group on Corn Industry Modernization and other agriculture sector development concerns under the RDC-X Economic Development Committee, the creation of a safe and child-friendly home-based learning environment for Basic Education learners in the region, support to six health related advocacies amid the COVID-19 pandemic such as the occupational health and safety systems in both public and private sectors, BIDA Solusyon/BIDA Bastonero, "Kamusta Ka" Hotline Initiative: Providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to the People in Region X, implementation of Papillomavirus vaccination and 2020 measles rubella and oral polio vaccine supplemental vaccination; and endorsement of several infrastructure projects.

The Guidelines for the Updating of the Regional Development Investment Program 2017-2022 and the Formulation of the 2022 Annual Investment Program as Inputs to the FY 2022 Budget preparation was approved by the Council as presented by NEDA-X Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Carino, CESO III. (Kathleen Emilie A. Navarra/NEDA10)

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