The NEDA MIMAROPA conducted a regional consultation on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update on July 4 in Manila, which was participated in by members of the PDP planning committees (PCs) and representatives from the regional line agencies (RLAs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), local government units, and private sector.
The activity aimed to generate inputs from regional stakeholders, particularly regional issues and concerns that will require action at the national level and discuss contribution of the region to the attainment of PDP targets.
In her welcome remarks, NEDA MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director (RD) Susan a Sumbeling informed the participants of Memorandum Circular No. 01, signed by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia on April 29 directing the updating of the PDP, Public Investment Program (PIP), Regional Development Plans (RDPs), and Regional Development Investment Programs (RDIPs) for 2017-2022, the basis for the PDP and RDP regional consultations.
She emphasized that the regional consultation is conducted to ensure that issues and concerns in MIMAROPA will be considered in the strategies, policies, and programs of the PDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update. She encouraged everyone to participate actively and provide substantial inputs during the breakout discussions.
NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon served as guest speaker. She presented the salient features of the draft PDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update to provide general context on the current plan, recap on the Ambisyon Natin 2040, and overview of accomplishments over the last three years in terms of reaching the PDP headline targets. Usec. Edillon also discussed the relevant trends and development in the Philippines by 2022 and beyond.
Sumbeling also presented the relevant trends and development that will likely impact the MIMAROPA region in the medium term and succeeding administration.
Ms. Sheryll B. Sarabia of NEDA MIMAROPA led the workshop session. The participants were divided into four breakout groups based on the PDP planning committees: Group 1 – Economic Development, Macroeconomic Policy, and National Competition Policy; Group 2 – Human Capital Development, International Migration and Development, and Cultural Awareness; Group 3 – Infrastructure Development, Technology and Innovation, and Ecological Integrity; and Group 4 – Citizen Chartered, Clean, and Efficient Delivery of Public Goods and Services, Administration of Justice, and Peace, Security, and Public Order.
During the workshop, the PC resource persons presented assessment including the priority issues/indicators and corresponding strategies per PDP chapter. The participants provided their insights on the causes of the region’s underperformance, recommend corresponding actions needed, shared views on the national indicators, targets, and strategies, and raised some regional issues/concerns that require action at the national level.
In his message, NEDA National Policy and Planning Staff Director Reynaldo R. Cancio expressed gratitude to the stakeholders for participating actively in the group discussions and to the NEDA MIMAROPA staff for the successful conduct of the consultation.
In closing, OIC-Assistant RD Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. thanked all the participants for providing valuable inputs and for coming up with a list of identified priority issues where MIMAROPA is lagging in terms of regional accomplishment compared with national target for consideration in the updating of both the Philippine and MIMAROPA regional development plans.