NEDA’s long-term vi­sion pro­gram up for re­view in April

Sun.Star Pampanga - - BUSINESS! - LOILO CITY -- The “Am­bisyon Natin 2040” of the Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (NEDA) will be sub­jected to a mid-term re­view to as­sess what it has ac­com­plished in the past three years.

Direc­tor Rey­naldo R. Can­cio, NEDA’s Na­tional Plan­ning Staff, said Thurs­day the re­view of the long-term vi­sion, which was launched only in 2016, will start this April.

“We will be as­sess­ing what we have ac­com­plished in the past three years and re­view­ing the strate­gies that we cur­rently have.

But I can say that at this point, apart from that mid-term re­view, es­sen­tially we’re off to a good start in terms of our vi­sion,” Can­cio said in a press con­fer­ence of the multi-sec­toral fo­rum, “Mak­ing Growth Work for the Poor”.

He said the milestones in­clude the more than 6 per­cent eco­nomic growth and good progress in terms of the re­form agenda.

Can­cio added that they are also work­ing with gov­ern­ment agen­cies to reach out to lo­cal gov­ern­ment units and ex­plain to them the longterm vi­sion and the 2017-2022 Philip­pine De­vel­op­ment Plan.

Teresa Guadalupe, Senior Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Spe­cial­ist of NEDA 6 (Western Visayas), added that in the re­gion, they have been do­ing car­a­van and other ad­vo­cacy ac­tiv­i­ties in state uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges where “Am­bisyon 2040” and the 2017-2022 Philip­pine De­vel­op­ment Plan were tack­led.

The whole-day fo­rum hosted by the Cen­tral Philip­pine Univer­sity was held in part­ner­ship with the NEDA and the World Bank.

It aimed to gen­er­ate dis­cus­sions of de­vel­op­ment is­sues us­ing the poverty as­sess­ment and pro­duc­tiv­ity re­port of the World Bank; en­gage with stake­hold­ers from gov­ern­ment, civil so­ci­ety and the pri­vate sec­tor; pro­vide in­sight into the World Bank Sys­tem­atic Coun­try Di­ag­nos­tic; and pro­vide in­put to NEDA’s up­com­ing re­gional con­sul­ta­tions for the Philip­pine De­vel­op­ment Plan Mid-Term Up­date.

The fo­rum was also joined by World Bank senior eco­nomic spe­cial­ist, Rong Qian, and econ­o­mist, Sharon Faye Piza.

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