The City Government of Tacurong played host to the opening program of the RDC Week Celebration 2015 of the Regional Development Council Region XII at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center on September 22, 2015. There were ceremonial toss, oath of sportsmanship, and banner raising performed by participating teams led by RDC-XII Acting Regional Director Arturo G. Valero and the Local Chief Executives present for the Executive and Friendship Games.
In her welcome message, Mayor Lina O. Montilla gave a warm welcome to the officials and members of RDC-XII and guests of the said event. In addition, present to express their support were Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes of South Cotabato, who also serves as a co-Chairperson of RSDC XII, Mayor Japal J. Guiani, Jr. of Cotabato City, Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue of Isulan, Dr. Rolando F. Hechanova, SKSU President, and the regional heads of NAPOLCOM, LTO, DAR, DSWD, TESDA, DOT, CHED, and DOLE.
The four committees forming the RDC, namely the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC), Infrastructure Development Committee (InfraCom), Macro-economic Development Administration and Finance Committe (MEDAFC), and Economic Development Committe (EDC), composed the teams who competed during the executive and friendship games. Mayor Montilla joined in the parlor games together with her members in the MEDAFC team.
The Regional Development Council Region XII is the primary institution in the region that sets the direction of socio-economic development in Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), and through which regional development efforts are being coordinated. The RDC stemmed from Section 14, Article X of the Constitution, which provides that the President shall create Regional Development Councils and other similar bodies composed of local government officials, regional heads of departments and government offices and representatives from non-governmental organizations within the regions. As such, Mayor Lina O. Montilla herself serves as co-chairperson of MEDAFC-XII. (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong)