IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS (IRR) OF RA 7640
The following rules and regulations are hereby issued pursuant to Sec. 8
of RA 7640, otherwise known as An Act Constituting the Legislative-Executive
Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).
DECLARATION OF POLICY
It is the policy of the State to formulate, after consultations with
appropriate public agencies, the private sector, and local government units,
socio-economic development programs taking into account the requirement of
conservation and ecology and in accordance with its constitutional mandate
to promote more equitable distribution of opportunities, income, wealth; a
sustained increase in the amount of goods and services produced by the
nation for the benefit of the people: an expanding productivity as the key
to raising the quality of life for all, especially the underprivileged.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Section 1. Except as otherwise provided by these rules, the following
terms are defined as follows:
"National Development Plan" refers both to the Medium-Term Philippine
Development Plan and the Perspective Plan. The Medium-Term Philippine
Development Plan is a plan containing specific socio-economic development
goals, objectives, policies and strategies that will be pursued within a
six-year period. The Perspective Plan, on the other hand, lays down
long-term socio-economic goals and broad strategies in support thereof
which will be carried out within a period of ten years or more.
"Official Development Assistance (ODA)" refers to the financial and
non-financial grants and concessional loans to developing countries
provided by bilateral and multilateral institutions, including state and
local governments or their executive agencies. It has the following
characteristics: (i) administered with the objective of promoting the
economic development and welfare of developing countries; (ii)
concessional in character and contains a grant element of at least 25%.
"Legislative Agenda" means a program of proposed legislations to
support policies and programs of government.
"Regional Development Plans" refer to the Medium-Term Regional
Development Plan covering a six-year period, the formulation of which was
coordinated by the NEDA Regional Offices and approved by the Regional
"Regional Development Council (RDC)" refers to the primary institution
which coordinates and sets the direction of all development efforts in the
region. It also serves as a forum where local efforts can be related and
integrated with national development activities.
"Local Development Council (LDC)" is the main advisory arm of the local
chief executive in setting the direction and coordinating development
efforts in their respective territorial jurisdictions. It includes the
Provincial Development Councils (PDC), City Development Councils (CDC),
Municipal Development Councils (MDC) and the Barangay Development Councils
"Private sector" refers to any person, entity or organization who or
that is not part of government. It includes, among others, non-government
organizations (NGOs), people’s organizations (POs), members of the
business community or business groups, cooperatives, schools, professional
organizations, civic clubs and plain citizens or individuals who are not
members of any organization.
Non-Governmental Organization" refers to private, non-profit voluntary
organization, including schools, that is committed to the task of
socio-economic development and established primarily for service which may
include giving assistance to citizens or people’s organizations in various
ways as by educating, training or giving financial assistance to them.
People’s Organizations" refer to independent community and/or
class-based associations established to protect and advance the interests
of specific causes or sectors, e.g. labor, farmers, fishermen, peasants,
women and students. POs are concrete expressions of people’s participation
and concerted action at the grassroots level, functioning as vehicles for
mobilizing communities in the pursuit of their aspirations. They likewise
serve as schools for raising the people’s consciousness on key issues that
affect their lives and training the people’s own leaders and organizers.
ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
Section 1. Role of the Council – The LEDAC, hereinafter referred to as
the Council, shall be an advisory and consultative mechanism to ensure
consistency in coordinating executive development planning and congressional
Section 2. Functions of the Council – The Council shall perform the
- Determine and recommend socio-economic development goals and policies
which shall guide the formulation and implementation of the national
- Provide policy advice to the President on vital issues affecting
socio-economic development of the country;
- Direct the study of measures to ensure that the regional development
plans and programs are integrated into the national development plan;
- Receive and in appropriate cases, require reports on and study
measures to improve the implementation of official development assistance
from multilateral and bilateral entities;
- Assess effectiveness of implementation of the national development
- Recommend the integration of environmental concepts, principles and
practices into the national development plan for a balanced and cohesive
approach to national development;
- Review the relationship of the legislative agenda to the national
development plan to ensure the integration of both; and
- Study and recommend to the President and to Congress sources of
revenue as well as measures to reduce unnecessary expenditures to the end
that the resources of the government will be used to the optimum.
COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL
Section 1. The Council shall be composed of twenty (20) members with the
President as Chairman and the following as members:
President of the Senate;
Speaker of the House of Representatives;
Seven (7) members of the Cabinet to be designated by the President;
Three (3) members of the Senate to be designated by the President of
the Senate, at least one of whom shall come from the dominant minority
Three (3) members of the House of Representatives to be designated by
the Speaker of the House of Representatives at least one of whom shall
come from the dominant minority party;
A representative of the local government units;
A representative of the youth; and
A representative of the private sector from any or a combination of the
following: business, cooperatives, agriculture and labor.
Section 2. The membership in the Council by members of the Legislature
shall be an extension of their legislative functions while that of the
members of the Cabinet shall be in an ex-officio capacity.
PROCESS OF SELECTING SECTORAL REPRESENTATIVES TO THE
Section 1. General criteria for the selection of sectoral representatives
– Representatives of the local government units (LGUs), youth and private
sector to the Council shall be selected on the basis of the following
- a good grasp of national development issues;
- demonstrated leadership and competence in the sector concerned; and
- currently occupying a position of influence in the sector to be
Section 2. LGU representative. – The President may appoint the LGU
representative from among the heads of the Leagues of Governors, City
Mayors, Municipal Mayors and of the Liga ng mga Barangays, having in mind
the prescribed criteria.
Section 3. Youth representative. – The Chairman of the National
Federation of Sangguniang Kabataan shall represent the youth sector in an
Section 4. Private sector representative. – The President may appoint the
private sector representative from among the shortlist of nominees submitted
by the NEDA. For this purpose, the NEDA shall invite nominations from the
various private sector groups and, guided by the general criteria for
selection herein mentioned, prepare a shortlist of nominees for submission
to the President.
Section 5. The private sector representative shall serve for a term of
two (2) years. The President may, however, reappoint that private sector
representative provided that person shall not serve for more than six (6)
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NEDA BOARD, THE CABINET AND ITS
CLUSTERS, AND OTHER RELEVANT BODIES
Section 1. The LEDAC shall be an independent advisory body to the
President. It is independent of the NEDA Board, the Cabinet and its
Clusters, and of other existing advisory bodies on socio-economic
development both in the Executive and the Legislative branches. The Council
however, may consult such other bodies for their views, comments, positions
on certain development issues. Decisions, resolutions, recommendations
emanating from the Council shall be submitted directly to the President.
Section 2. The Council may call on any government agency or any private
institution or resource person for assistance.
Section 1. Subcommittees – The Council may form its own subcommittees as
may be needed.
Section 1. Council Secretariat – The National Economic and Development
Authority Secretariat shall serve as the principal secretariat of the
Council. It shall be assisted by the Presidential Management Staff of the
Office of the President and the economic planning staffs of both the Senate
and House of Representatives. These staffs shall identify specific units or
personnel designated to handle council matters. The Council may hire full
time personnel to complement the Secretariat as may be necessary.
Section 2. The Secretariat shall have the following duties and
- Provide technical and administrative support to the Council and its
sub- committees, if any;
- Determine and prepare the agenda for and the minutes of the Council
- Serve as venue for the initial processing/discussion of issues prior
to deliberation by the Council;
- Receive and prepare communications pertinent to the work of the
- Manage and maintain the official records of the Council;
- Prepare the annual budget of the Council;
- Prepare reports as required by the Council; and
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Council.
Section 3. The NEDA Secretariat as principal secretariat shall oversee
and coordinate the provision of overall technical and administrative support
to the Council.
The PMS of the Office of the President shall, among others, be
responsible for liaising between the Council and OP agencies, and
facilitating the generation by said agencies, of information and inputs that
are required by, or need to be brought to the attention of , the Council.
Similarly, the economic planning staffs of the Senate and House of
Representatives shall, among others, be responsible for liaising with the
various Committees/Units of the Senate and House and facilitating the
generation by said Committees/Units, of information and inputs that are
required by, or need to be brought to the attention of, the Council.
MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL
Section 1. Presiding Officer – The Chairman shall preside over the
meetings of the council.
Section 2. Quorum – A simple majority of all members of the Council shall
constitute a quorum. In the absence of a quorum, the council members present
may discuss the items in the agenda and make the necessary recommendations
to the Council for consideration in its next meeting.
Section 3. Schedule of regular meetings – The Council shall meet on first
Monday of every quarter. Each member shall be duly notified of the time and
place before the meeting.
Section 4. Special meetings – The Chairman shall convene the Council to
such special meetings as may be necessary. Each member shall be notified of
the date, time and place at least one day before the meeting.
Section 5. Venue - The meeting of the Council whether special or regular
shall be held in Malacañang unless otherwise specified by the Chairman.
Section 6. Decisions and resolutions – The decisions of the Council shall
be concurrence of a majority of the members constituting a quorum.
Section 7. Minutes of the meeting – The minutes of the meeting shall be
prepared by the Council Secretariat.
Section 1. The Council shall give special attention to measures which
- Involve concerned private sector, relevant non-government groups and
people’s organization in the process of economic planning by national
agencies and by regional, provincial, and other local development
councils, as well as in monitoring the implementation of development
- Bring about effective integration of the priority development programs
and projects proposed by regional, provincial and other local development
councils into the national development plan, within the constraints of
- Accelerate the study and formulation of projects and programs which
will answer priority needs of the people for livelihood and social
services, and which may be funded from national revenue and or grants and
concessional loans from external sources;
- Hasten the utilization of grants and concessional loans for priority
development projects and programs while also improving the efficiency of
project implementation ; and
- Recommend the strengthening of mechanisms for monitoring the
implementation of development projects and programs and for promoting
efficiency of execution and timeliness of completion.
REPORTING AND MONITORING MECHANISM
Section 1. The executive, legislative and private sector members shall be
responsible for reporting to the Cabinet, Congress and respective private
sector organizations on the actions taken by the Council with respect to its
Section 1. For the selection of the initial LGU and private sector
representatives to the Council, the NEDA Secretariat shall draw up a
shortlist of candidates guided by the criteria as provided in Section 1 Rule
V. The President may appoint the LGU and private sector representatives from
Section 2. Convening the LEDAC – The Secretariat of the Council shall
cause the convening of the first meeting of the Council for the purpose of
promulgating the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7640.
ADMINISTRATION OF COUNCIL FUNDS
Section 1. Administration of Funds – The NEDA Secretariat shall
administer the funds of the Council as appropriated under Sec. 9 of RA 7640
and shall be responsible for the preparation of the budget and
administration of the necessary appropriation of the Council.
Section 1. Effectivity - These rules and regulations shall take effect