Davao Regional Development Plan: The Davao Region is one of the Philippines’ most promising areas for economic growth and development, with a rich natural resource base, a skilled workforce, and a dynamic business environment. To capitalize on these strengths and chart a course for sustainable development in the region, the Davao Regional Development Council (RDC) has released its Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2023-2028.

Davao Regional Development Plan

The RDP is a comprehensive blueprint for economic growth and development in the region, focusing on five key pillars:

  • Economic development
  • Social development
  • Environmental management
  • Institutional development
  • Peace and security.

Each pillar is supported by a set of strategic objectives and specific programs and projects designed to achieve them.

Under the economic development pillar, the RDP aims to promote the region’s economic competitiveness by supporting high-value industries, enhancing infrastructure, and improving access to finance and technology.

The plan also seeks to promote a sustainable and inclusive economic growth by addressing poverty and inequality, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, and increasing the productivity of key sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing.

In the social development pillar, the RDP focuses on enhancing access to basic social services, improving the quality of education and healthcare, and promoting social inclusion and gender equality.

Specific programs and projects include:

  1. The construction of new schools and health facilities
  2. The provision of scholarships and financial assistance to students
  3. The promotion of social welfare and protection programs for vulnerable groups.

Under the environmental management pillar, the RDP aims to promote sustainable and resilient development by conserving natural resources, protecting biodiversity, and addressing climate change.

Specific programs and projects include:

  1. Reforestation
  2. Watershed management
  3. Waste management
  4. Recycling
  5. Renewable energy and/or energy efficiency.

The institutional development pillar focuses on improving governance and strengthening institutional capacity at all levels of government, as well as promoting public-private partnerships and regional cooperation.

Programs and projects include:

  1. The establishment of a regional investment and incentives code
  2. The improvement of local government performance
  3. The promotion of regional economic integration and cooperation.

Sum it up

Under the peace and security pillar, the RDP aims to promote a safe and secure environment for all, by addressing the root causes of conflict and promoting peacebuilding and development initiatives.

Specific programs and projects include:

  1. The promotion of interfaith dialogue and cultural exchange
  2. The strengthening of conflict resolution mechanisms
  3. The provision of livelihood
  4. The economic opportunities to conflict-affected communities.


The Davao Regional Development Plan 2023-2028 is a comprehensive and ambitious blueprint for economic growth and development in the region. By focusing on key pillars of economic, social, environmental, institutional, and peace and security development, the plan seeks to promote sustainable and inclusive development that benefits all members of the region’s diverse communities. The plan’s success will depend on the commitment and collaboration of all stakeholders, including government, private sector, civil society, and local communities.

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