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DIDP PROFILE
DIDP Beginning

Beginnings

In October 1993, Atty. Jesus V. Ayala traveled to Hong Kong with then Davao Province Governor Prospero S. Amatong, then Tagum Mayor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., then Davao City Councilor Aris Albay and a group of Regional Directors composed of Atty. Wendel E. Avisado of DILG, Atty. Antonio V.A. Llamas of LTO, Mr. Mario Luis Jacinto of DENR, Ms. Aurora R. Pelayo of NEDA and Engr. Merly Cruz of DTI. Incidentally, another group of Davao City Councilors were also in Hong Kong for a study mission. At a dinner-meeting hosted by Atty. Ayala, Governor Amatong brought up the idea of Davao City and Davao Province jointly undertaking various social, infrastructure and economic development projects. As a first step, the group decided to organize its respective Task Forces to study and evaluate the proposal. When the group returned to Davao, a series of consultations and meetings ensued among the Task Forces of concerned local government units. Then Governor Rogelio Llanos of Davao del Sur and then Governor Rosalind Lopez of Davao Oriental later signified their interest and intention to join this local government initiative which is now known as the Davao Integrated Development Program (DIDP).

DIDP is recognized as one of the most successful showcases of LGU empowerment and initiative in the country today. By far, it is the longest existing aggrupation of local government units, whereby, the member-LGUs religiously pay their annual contribution to a common fund to shoulder the cost of running and managing the program.

Legal Basis

1987 Philippine Constitution

Article x, Section 13

"Local Government Units may group themselves, consolidate or coordinate their efforts, services and resources for purposes commonly beneficial to them in accordance with law."

Republic Act 7160

Chapter 3, Article 3, Section 33

"Local Government Units may, through appropriate ordinances, group themselves, consolidate or coordinate their efforts, services and resources for purposes commonly beneficial to them. In support of such undertakings, the LGUs involved may, upon approval by the Sanggunian concerned after a public hearing conducted for the purpose, contribute funds, real estate, equipment and other kinds of property and appoint or assign personnel under such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by the participating local units through Memoranda of Agreement."

Vision

To promote and expand an effective and mutually beneficial undertaking through socio-economic cooperation and development, in support to the National Government Agenda for Peace and Development.

Mission

To eradicate

     • poverty

     • environmental degradation, and

     • inadequate social services and infrastructure facilities

within the local government units covered by the DIDP.

Milestones

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2003

2005

2006

2007

2010

 

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