AKSYON PARA SA AMBISYON: NEDA launches plan to guide PH's long-term vision

 The goal is that by 2040, Filipinos enjoy a strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) believes that more than just having a vision or a set of life goals, it is necessary to have a plan that will lay out the pathways and modes for getting to the destination. Thus, last June 2, the country’s economic agency launched the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, the blueprint for the country’s development under the Duterte Administration.

The PDP 2017-2022 was approved by the NEDA Board, chaired by President Duterte, last February 20 and is the first medium-term plan to implement the AmBisyon Natin 2040, which represents the Filipino people’s collective long-term aspirations. It aims to lay a strong foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust society, and a globally-competitive economy toward a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat.”

Aside from answering the question “Where do we want to be?” the PDP 2017-2022 has set targets that the government aims to achieve. First of which is that by 2022, the Philippines will be an upper-middle income country.  The growth rate of GDP is also set at 7 to 8 percent in the medium term. Under the plan, overall poverty rate is targeted to decline from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 14 percent by 2022 and poverty incidence in rural areas is intended to decrease from 30 percent to 20 percent for the same period. The unemployment rate on the other hand is eyed to go down to 3-5 percent by 2022 from 5.5 percent in 2016.

Other targets are higher trust in government and society, more resilient individuals and communities, and a greater drive for innovation.

As the first medium-term plan to implement the AmBisyon Natin 2040, the PDP is structured along the pillars of malasakit, pagbabago, and patuloy na pag-unlad.
The first pillar, which is Malasakit or Enhancing the Social Fabric, aims to regain peoples’ trust in public institutions and cultivate trust among Filipinos. This entails making public institutions citizen-centered, efficient, and clean. Administration of justice will be swift and fair and Filipinos will have increased awareness of, and will learn to value the country’s cultural diversity and heritage. 

Pagbabago or Inequality-Reducing Transformation, on the other hand, is dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and increasing access to such opportunities particularly among economic groups that used to lag behind. Under this pillar, a key strategy is fostering linkages in agriculture and service sector. This will be coupled with reducing vulnerability and ensuring resiliency of communities by strengthening social protection and prioritizing human capital and development.

Lastly, with Patuloy na Pag-unlad or Increasing Growth Potential for the Economy, it is imperative that economic growth is accelerated and sustained. Major strategies include advancing to a knowledge economy and accelerating the full harvest of the economic dividend. Technology adoption will also be promoted and innovation will be encouraged. And ultimately, there will be aggressive efforts to ensure that families will be of the size that can be adequately cared for. 

The life of all Filipinos in 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay
Based on NEDA’s national survey on the aspirations of the Filipino people, a simple and comfortable life to the Filipino people means having a car of their own, a house of their own, and enough money and savings to send their children to school and to afford leisure like travel – a middle class lifestyle.

So this has been the goal – that by 2040, Filipinos enjoy a strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life.

In 2040, Filipinos are strongly rooted: “matatag.” Filipino families live together; there is work-life balance so that there is time to spend with family even for members who work. On weekends, families and friends enjoy time together in parks and recreational centers. It is a high-trust society with a strong sense of community. There are volunteer opportunities, and Filipinos spend time to serve the community, help others who are in need, and contribute to various causes.

Comfortable (“maginhawa”) life means that no Filipino is poor and no one is ever hungry. By that time, Filipino families live in comfortable homes with the desired amenities and secure tenure. Families and friends are within reach because transport is convenient and affordable, and they can take a vacation together within the country and abroad. Children receive quality education so that they realize their full potentials and become productive members of society. Decent jobs that bring sustainable income are available, including opportunities for entrepreneurship.

Lastly, Filipinos by then, feel secure (“panatag”) over their entire lifetime. They expect to live long and enjoy a comfortable life upon retirement. There are resources to cover unexpected expenses, and there are savings. They feel safe in all places in the country. Filipinos trust their government because it is free of corruption and provides service to all its citizens equally.

To turn AmBisyon Natin 2040 into reality, NEDA believes it is necessary for each administration to build on the gains of its predecessors to ensure continuity and consistency of policies, projects, programs, and initiatives, while also maintaining a certain amount of flexibility.

Photo courtesy of NEDA