A road show featuring 21 regional line agencies showcasing their services highlighted the launch of the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and Central Visayas Regional Development Plan (RDP) in Cebu last Aug. 4, 2017.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia led a panel of speakers, which included National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 7 Regional Director Efren B. Carreon and officials from regional line agencies (RLAs), who spoke about their respective projects that could contribute to the achievement of the Plans.
The event went with the theme, “Aksyon Alang Sa Ambisyon: Our Accountability, Your Partnership.” It was held at the Tandang Sora and Samuel MacClintock Halls of the Cebu Normal University, a state university, as a manifestation of its support for the Plans, and to communicate the Plans to the youth sector.
Bringing the idea of the PDP closer to home, Pernia said that while Central Visayas is doing good economically, it can still do better, more so if Cebu takes the lead and if the strategies laid out in the RDP are followed.
“If Central Visayas’s performance in the last six years can be sustained and even improved on, its share to the national GDP would naturally grow relative to the other regions,” he said.
This is why, he also said, it is important for the public to support and help ensure that the strategies in both Plans are implemented.
“They (PDP and RDP) are the people’s plans… With better services, facilities, and infrastructure in place, people can be productive members of society,” he added.
Planning CV’s development
NEDA 7 Director Carreon, who presented the Central Visayas RDP, is optimistic that if targets in the RDP are met, the region will continue to perform well and maintain its position as one of the fastest growing regions in the country.
The RDP focuses on improving connectivity among island provinces in Central Visayas and with the rest of the country, which could be boosted with the implementation of port improvement projects and bridges.
Other targets of the RDP include an average annual GRDP growth rate of 7.5-8.0 percent, average annual employment rate of 93.5 percent, and poverty incidence of 17.6 percent by 2022. The RDP gives importance to the expansion of tourism, manufacturing, IT-BPM, and creative industries as economic drivers.
The RDP also spells out programs on poverty alleviation and activities that seek to promote access to economic opportunities, health, education, and skills.
The speakers from the line agencies, as well as the agencies that set up booths, were clustered according to the development thrusts of Malasakit, Pagbabago, and Patuloy na Pag-unlad.
For the Malasakit thrust, Civil Service Commission 7 Director Editha D. Luzano spoke about the agency’s initiatives that help cultivate thrust in public institutions and in fellow Filipinos. For the Pagbabago thrust, Department of Trade and Industry-Cebu Provincial Director Ma. Elena C. Arbon talked about activities that could bring about inequality-reducing transformation. Department of Science and Technology 7 Director Edilberto L. Paradela talked about how they could help in the Patuloy na Pag-unlad thrust by undertaking programs that promote science, technology, and innovation.
Following the presentations, all speakers and the participants signed the “commitment wall” as a manifestation of their support for both Plans. This was followed by the regional launch of both the PDP and RDP, copies of which were distributed to select participants.
What agencies can offer
Aside from the presentations, 21 agencies took part in the Government–Beneficiaries Interaction, where they set up booths that showed their different services and programs that could help contribute to the achievement of the Plans. The booths also allowed agency representatives to interact with guests and participants, which included program beneficiaries.
To close the day-long event, select beneficiaries shared their experiences on how working with the government and availing themselves of government services have helped improve their lives in one way or another.