A total  of 251 representatives from both public and government institutions participated in the regional launching of AmBisyon Natin 2040 in the Cordillera Region.

Guided by the theme “AmBisyon Mo, Misyon Nating Lahat”, the activity was conducted on November 15, 2016 at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City, simultaneous with the national launching held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.   About one-third of the participants were students, teachers and administrators of public and private secondary, tech-voc and college schools in Baguio and Benguet.  The rest were representatives of government agencies, civil society and non-government organizations, and local broadcast, print and tv media outfits in Baguio and the Province of Benguet.   Distributed to each participant were Ambisyon Natin handouts, bags made of Cordillera native cloth, and t-shirts printed with the Ambisyon logo.

The objective of the activity was to communicate to the public the AmBisyon Natin 2040 which is the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 24 years.  It portrays the standard of life that they want to have by 2040, and aims to serve as an anchor for development planning and international development assistance across at least four administrations.

The presentations of NEDA Director Milagros Rimando, Asst. Regional Director Jedidia Aquino, and Chief EDS Dolores Molintas centered on the elements of the AmBisyon Natin, the survey result highlights, and the ways by which the vision of a “matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay” may be achieved.  Short video presentations were also shown in between the lectures.

The Ambisyon Natin 2040 was the result of a national survey which determined that the Filipinos desire a life that is “matatag, maginhawa, at panatag.” They envision a Philippines where all citizens are free from hunger and poverty, have equal opportunities, and are enabled by a fair and just society that is governed with order and unity.

During the Open Forum, some participants raised concerns such as the sustainability of efforts to implement the plan considering that it covers four presidential terms.  Everyone however agreed that it was about time the country had a long-term vision articulated by the people themselves. They were also one in saying that in order to attain this dream of having a better future for the country and every Filipino, everybody should work together and not depend solely on the government.  Ms. Imelda Sedano from the Office of Baguio City Congressman Mark Go aptly put it when she said,  “We can change our destiny by making the right choices.”

Other Ambisyon activities planned in the region include a technical session with the Regional Statistics Committee in December 5, a dissemination forum for the academic sector in December 15 in the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College in Bontoc, Mountain Province, and a forum for the RDC members in January next  year.

(24 November 2016)