ORMOC CITY– The new chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC), Mayor Lucy Torres Gomez of this city, vows that no one will be left behind in the development of the region.

Gomez made this promise as she presided over the RDC meeting held on Dec.19 this city for the first time as its chairman.

The city mayor also urged her co-workers in the government for them to ‘bank’ the region’s strength as it marches towards development.

“So many times we compare our region to other regions and then we want to be this or that, and not really looking at our strengths. So I am hoping that in this term we will be able to bank on our strength because we have a lot of strength, and from these, we will be able to rise” Mayor Gomez said.

“We need not to be an urban jungle. We can be this beautiful countryside or beautiful coastal towns. We can be that tiny dot in the map that can make us shine,” the city mayor added.

Gomez said that as a newly-assumed chairperson of the regional policy-making body, she still needs more time to study the projects and programs submitted for her to study.
She insisted that Eastern Visayas has all the resources for it to achieve its potential and become economically-dependent region.

The last quarterly meeting of the RDC was attended by several regional heads of various government line agencies.

Among those present were RDC vice chair Leo Christian Lauzon, and vice chairman, regional director Meylene Rosales of the National Economic Development Authority; budget regional director Imelda Laceras

NEDA Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales Vice chair of RDC, Dir. Imelda Laceras of Dept. of Budget who chairs the development administration committee; tourism regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes who chairs the economic development committee; social welfare and development regional director who chair the social development committee; public works and highways director Edgar Tabacon who chair the infrastructure and utilities development committee; Judah Aliposa, who co-chair the DAC and private sector representative for disaster resiliency; and Imelda Angulo-Andales co-chairperson of IUDC and PSR for ICT.