The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is leading the nationwide virtual caravan on the Updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 from April to May with the theme, “Tayo na, Bumangon para sa AmBisyon!”. The NEDA Regional Office (NEDA-CAR) spearheaded the Cordillera leg held on April 22, 2021 to inform all stakeholders that there indeed a national plan that takes into account both their medium-term needs and their long-term aspirations.
RDC-CAR Vice-Chair and NEDA-CAR OIC-Regional Director Stephanie F. Christiansen emphasized the importance of having the caravan to cascade the contents of the updated PDP, with the updated Cordillera Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 providing the regional development landscape. “The RDP which was updated in 2019 showed positive gains on our development targets. The region was then relatively doing well, then the pandemic happened” she said. With the updated PDP which was prepared within the frame of a pandemic-struck Philippines, she added that “there is a need to recalibrate our strategies and targets to respond to the current demands of our time”.
The NEDA Board approved the PDP which is anchored on the long-term vision of AmBisyon Natin 2040 and the President’s 0-10 Point Socioeconomic Agenda in 2017. The updated PDP responds to the emergence of new threats to the country’s growth prospects and guides the transition towards socioeconomic recovery.
NEDA Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning Carlos Bernardo O. Abad Santos emphasized that the PDP is a plan with a vision and the 2017-2022 medium-term plan is the first of four plans designed towards the attainment of long-term vision. The overall strategic framework for both national and regional development plan is to lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and a globally-competitive knowledge economy.
Abad Santos also cited that the long-term goal of the updated PDP remains the same but it has become more pronounced with the emergence of new threats. The challenge now is to craft and implement measures that address the health crisis while steering the country towards social and economic recovery thus, the updated PDP includes recalibrated targets and strategies.
NEDA-CAR OIC-Asst. Regional Director Gregorio P. Ariz III presented the updated Cordillera RDP citing that the economic indicators showed that the region was relatively doing well but the pandemic which happened in 2020 negated the region’s economic development gains from 2017 to 2019. On a brighter note, Cordillera Trade and Industry (DTI-CAR) reported that only 3% of the total MSME’s remain closed with almost 2/3 already back in full operation. The updated RDP focuses on programs, projects, and activities that will help the region transition to the new normal with the learnings from the recent pandemic.
Ariz added that, “For the remaining plan period, the region will support the administration’s efforts towards a healthy and resilient Philippines and to help the country realize our vision of a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay by the year 2040.”