The AmCham Mindanao Chapter had its first General Membership Luncheon Meeting last February 8 at the Marco Polo Davao with Secretary Ernesto Pernia of Socio-Economic Planning, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). He discussed the administration’s policy agenda and the details of our medium-term development plan and share updates on the programs and projects in Mindanao.
He started his speech in sharing recent economic performance of the country and explained the President’s thrust on regional and rural development and reducing inequality is embodied in the Philippine Development Plan, 2017-2022.
Through a series of interagency consultations at the national and local levels, including consultations with the various social sectors and stakeholders across the country, the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 was crafted as the Duterte Administration’s blueprint for change.
The PDP is anchored on the President’s 0 to 10 Point Socioeconomic Agenda and is designed to be the first of four PDPs geared towards the realization of the AmBisyon Natin 2040. It will guide public programs and policies for the next five years.
This is also the first PDP to adopt a National Spatial Strategy to guide investment programming across the regions and provinces, towards regional and rural development.
To operationalize the President’s thrust on regional and rural development and reducing inequality, the NEDA Regional Offices also spearheaded the formulation of the their respective Regional Development Plans or RDPs.
The RDPs contain the overall development framework of each region in the medium term, including the sectoral and spatial strategies, strategic interventions and priority programs that support the attainment of the goals and objectives of the PDP 2017-2022 and likewise address the development concerns of their respective regions.
He ended his speech with update on Marawi, NEDA is spearheading the formulation of the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP).
They have completed the preliminary draft of the BMCRRP, which was based on the Human Recovery Needs Assessment and the Post-Conflict Needs Assessment. The preliminary draft contains a list of short-term programs, activities and projects that will be implemented in 2018.
The full-blown BMCRRP is expected to be completed by March 12, 2018. The BMCRRP not only contains recovery and reconstruction projects; but is most importantly aimed towards peace-building initiatives that will lead to social cohesion and healing among the communities.