The Central Luzon Regional Development Council (RDC III) celebrated its 48th founding anniversary with the theme: Going Above and Beyond: Public-Private Engagement in Development. A week-long celebration, the RDC Week was capped by a sharing session on public-private engagement and the launch of Isigan, a photojournalism contest, on 3 October 2022 through blended modality at NEDA Region 3 and Zoom.

The sharing session was attended by various regional line agencies, local government units, private sector representatives (PSRs), and state universities and colleges in Central Luzon. During the session, PSRs Ms. Myrna C. Bituin and Mr. Bryan Joseph A. Banzon shared their personal experiences in development work and highlighted the importance of public-private cooperation and collaboration in the path towards inclusive and sustainable development.

The guidelines of Isigan: The RDC III Photojournalism Contest were presented where interested participants in the region may submit photographs with a caption relevant to the theme until 28 October 2022.​ The contest aims to highlight the significance of public-private sector cooperation and collaboration in governance and development as well as to appreciate photojournalism as a tool to tell actual stories and inspire the public to be involved in the development process.​ The winning entry will be featured as front cover of the Fourth Quarter issue of Central Luzon Upfront, the official newsletter of RDC III.

The week-long celebration was bookmarked with major milestones and activities of the RDC III namely: (i) the reporting of CY 2022 Second Quarter Regional Economic Situation and presentation of National Statistics Month activities during the Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) meeting on 27 September; (ii) the approval of the DRR/CCA-Enhanced Central Luzon Regional Physical Framework Plan 2020-2040 during the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) meeting on 28 September; (iii) the report on project site visits during the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) meeting on 29 September; (iv) the Central Luzon Gender and Development Conference organized by the Regional Gender and Development Committee on 30 September; and, (v) the Beautiful RDC Movement, a clean-up drive and vegetable gardening activity participated by NEDA Region 3 staff on 3 October.

RDC III was organized in Malolos, Bulacan on 17 October 1974 pursuant to legal issuances namely: Presidential Decree No. 1 dated 14 September 1972; Letter of Implementation No. 22 dated 31 December 1972; and the Guidelines for the Operation of Regional Development Councils dated 06 February 1974. Importantly, to commemorate the birth of the councils as key structure for regional planning and development programming, the fourth week of September was declared as Regional Development Councils Week pursuant to Proclamation No. 1164, series of 1998.

(Al Jonnel L. Espiritu, NEDA 3 – DRD)