NAPC Regional Sectoral Assemblies in Davao City

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) recently held its highly anticipated Island-Wide Regional Sectoral Assemblies, a significant event that took place from September 19 to 22, 2023, at the prestigious Pinnacle Hotel Suites, strategically located on Sta. Ana Avenue in the vibrant city of Davao, Philippines. This extraordinary gathering brought together a dynamic and diverse group of approximately 350 delegates, all hailing exclusively from the lush and culturally rich Mindanao Island Region. These delegates played a pivotal role in representing the NAPC’s 14 essential sectoral councils.

Of particular note was the enthusiastic participation of ten (10) dedicated delegates from Region 12. These individuals primarily hailed from the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani, as well as the bustling cities of Cotabato, Koronadal, and General Santos. Their unwavering commitment to the event exemplified their dedication to addressing the pressing issues and concerns that affect their respective sectors.

The primary purpose of this assembly was to foster a comprehensive and constructive dialogue on the myriad of challenges and opportunities relevant to the various sectors represented. Moreover, it served as a crucial platform for the validation of each organization’s representatives, ensuring that they were well-prepared and equipped to participate actively in the upcoming National Sectoral Assembly elections.

Hon. Reynaldo S. Tamayo Sr., NAPC Vice Chairman for the Government Sector during the Regional Sectoral Assemblies
Arlene Panizales taking selfie during the Regional Sectoral Assemblies

One of the distinguished delegates present at this event was Arlene Bohol-Panizales, who currently holds the position of President at the KPS Quasi-Federation and serves as a vital member of the board of the KPS Foundation. Her presence underscored the federation’s unwavering commitment to actively engage in advancing the sectoral development agenda, reflecting the passion and dedication of individuals and organizations within the NAPC’s framework.

Throughout the assembly, attendees engaged in spirited discussions, exchanged innovative ideas, and forged valuable connections to drive forward the common goal of alleviating poverty and promoting the overall well-being of the marginalized sectors in the Mindanao Island Region. The atmosphere was one of collaboration and cooperation, with a shared determination to effect positive change.

The NAPC’s Island-Wide Regional Sectoral Assemblies proved to be a valuable platform for sectoral leaders to come together, share their experiences and perspectives, and develop a collective roadmap for addressing the challenges and opportunities facing their respective communities. The assembly’s outcomes will be instrumental in informing the NAPC’s advocacy and programmatic interventions at the national level.

Social Reform Agenda Multi-DimensionRecalibrated AgendaOperational Plan
Social DimensionReview and coordination for the formulation of the Peoples’ CoViD-19 Recovery Plan (PCRF) and full implementation of Republic Act No. 11291 or the Magna Carta of the PoorFinalize the NAPC Peoples’ CoViD-19 Recovery Plan, focusing on food security, and push for the full implementation of the Magna Carta of the Poor
Economic DimensionAdoption and prototyping of a local economic development strategy, in consideration of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) programFinalize the economic development aspect of the PCRP focusing on the prototyping the Basic Sector Local Enterprise Development (BS-LED) approach
Ecological DimensionCoordination with partner stakeholders for an inclusive and responsive climate action, environmental protection, and participatory and empowering disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM)Recommend policies for integration in the NDRRM Action Plan, ensure Peoples’ Survival Fund (PSF) accessible and capacitate the basic sectors on DRRM
Governance DimensionCoordination for the basic sector participation and representation in government processes that directly affect the poor and marginalized sectorsInstitutionalize the basic sector representation in governance structures and re-establish the NAPC mechanism from national to local level, and convene the National Sectoral Assembly

Other Priority Cross-Sectoral Agenda

  • Amendment of Republic Act No. 8425 or the Social Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations
  • Issuance of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Magna Carta of the Poor and Joint Memorandum Circular on the Formulation of the National Poverty Reduction Plan
  • Amendment of Executive Order No. 67, series of 2018 or the Rationalizing the Office of the President through the Consolidation of its Core Mandates and Strengthening the Democratic and Institutional Framework of the Executive Department
  • Sectoral Representation in Cabinet Clusters and other key governance structures and national mechanisms
  • Full administration and management of the Peoples’ Development Trust Fund (PDTF)
SectorSectoral Agenda
Artisanal FisherfolkAdoption of the National Strategic Framework on the Establishment of Fisherfolk Settlement
ChildrenFull implementation of the Anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children
CooperativesAppointment of NAPC Basic Sectoral Representative as ex-officio CDA Board and Consideration of the Sectoral Council Recommendation in Appointing CDA Officials
Farmers and Landless Rural WorkersFast-tracking of land acquisition and distribution
Formal Labor and Migrant WorkersCreation of Quality and Decent Jobs
Indigenous PeoplesRevision of DAR-DENR-LRA-NCIP Joint Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2012 to address operational issues and concerns
Non-Government OrganizationAmendment of Executive Order No. 325, series of 1996 or the Reorganization of the Regional Development Councils to ensure Basic Sector representation in RDC
Persons with DisabilitiesInstitutionalization of Executive Order No. 417, series of 2005 on the implementation of the economic independence program for Persons with Disabilities
Senior CitizensPushing for the Universal Social Pension and Immediate Release of the second tranche of SSS pension
Urban PoorIssuance of Memorandum Order ensuring “No Demolition and Eviction without Adequate Relocation”
Victims of Disasters and CalamitiesOperation of the Institutionalization of Basic Sector Representation in the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
WomenFull functionality and monitoring of Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks in all barangays and automatic seat for the NAPC Sectoral Representative as ex-officio PCW Board Commissioner
Workers in the Informal SectorRealization of the Enterprise Formalization
Youth and StudentsAddressing the rising cases of teenage pregnancy
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