The National Economic and Development Authority of Region 10 (NEDA-10) launched Ambisyon Natin 2040 in Cagayan de Oro City on November 21 and 22, 2016 for the business/industry and the youth/academe cluster, respectively.
NEDA-10 Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. shared that Ambisyon Natin 2040 is a vision, not a plan which will serve as an anchor for development planning across at least four (4) administrations. It details the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country for the next 25 years. These aspirations resulted from 42 focus groups discussions with various sectors, including the marginalized groups, and community surveys commissioned by the NEDA.
Filipinos desire a life that is “matatag, maginhawa, at panatag.” By 2040, the Philippines will be a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor; healthy, resilient, smart, innovative, and high-trust society.
Assistant Director Bien A. Ganapin of the NEDA-National Policy and Planning Staff (NPPS), the guest speaker, elaborated on the challenges we face in realizing the vision and emphasized the need for strong ownership by the country’s stakeholders and leaders over the next 25 years. He said that while needs and preferences may change over time and unexpected developments may arise, with the right policies, the Philippines can be nearly a high-income country where poverty is eradicated by 2040, if not sooner.
In the open forum, the participants expressed appreciation over NEDA’s initiative in crafting Ambisyon Natin 2040 and voiced support towards sustaining the effort across administrations and realizing this vision.
The activity was attended by around 180 participants coming from various organizations/firms from the different parts of the region. (Peleta B. Abejo/NEDA-X/PIA-10)