The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) under the leadership of Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling joined the different regional line agencies and set up the NEDA-CAR booth highlighting the accomplishments of the region in support to the president’s priority agenda and the pursuit for regional autonomy last April 22, 2022 held at Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet.
The NEDA-CAR booth offered a reading area showcasing the Regional Development Plan, Regional Development and Investment Program, and advocacy materials for regional autonomy. The booth also featured the top 5 accomplishments of the Duterte administration in the region as of 2021 which include poverty alleviation and greater economic and social inclusion, improved roads and irrigation facilities to promote and enhance economic activities under the Build Build Build Infrastructure Program, improved peace and security situation, and the declaration of ten Minahang Bayan to balance economic development and manage the critical environment of the region.
P/Lt. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia, PNP Deputy Chief for Administration in his keynote speech mentioned that the Duterte Legacy Caravan means two things, “Serbisyong TaMA: Serbisyong Tapang at Sebisyong Malasakit”. He shared that the “Serbisyong Tapang” is the steadfast commitment of the administration to fight crime, illegal drugs, insurgencies and corruption in the government and the “Serbisyong Malasakit” is the intensified services of the different agencies of government. He then assured the participants that the administration will continue providing its services even in the last months of President Duterte’s term.
The Duterte Legacy Caravan was spearheaded by the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Department of Interior and Local Government. The theme for this year’s caravan “Pagkakaisa ng Mamamayan at Pamahalaan tungo sa Pagbangon, Kapayapaan, at Kaunlaran” highlights the importance of collaboration among the different agencies of government and the people to effect real change and development in the country. The caravan also aimed to inform the public about the programs, policies, efforts, and accomplishments of the Duterte administration for improved quality of and access to services by the Filipinos.