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June 6, 2017

The National Economic and Development Authority launched the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, the
blueprint for the country’s development under the Duterte Administration, in Pasay City, Friday.

Over 300 people from the public and private sectors attended the event, titled AksyonparasaAmBisyon: The Philippine
Development Plan Expo.

The PDP 2017–2022 largely stems from the 0-10 point Socioeconomic Agenda. It is the first of four medium-term plans
that will work towards realizing AmBisyonNatin 2040, the collective vision of Filipinos over the next 25 years.

Now available online, the PDP has 21 chapters aimed at laying a strong foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and
resilient society, and a globally competitive economy—all of which will enable Filipinos to achieve their aspiration of a
“matatag, maginhawa, at panatagnabuhay.”

The said plan is structured along the pillars of malasakit (i.e., enhancing the social fabric), pagbabago (i.e., inequality-
reducing transformation), and patuloynapag-unlad (i.e., increasing growth potential).

The PDP has set targets that the government aims to achieve.

By 2022, the Philippines will be an upper-middle income country. The growth rate of GDP is set at 7 to 8 percent in the
medium term.

Overall poverty rate is targeted to decline from 21.6 percent in 2015 to 14 percent by 2022. Poverty incidence in rural
areas is intended to decrease from 30 percent to 20 percent for the same period.

The unemployment rate will also go down to 3-5 percent by 2022 from 5.5 percent in 2016.

Other targets are higher trust in government and society, more resilient individuals and communities, and a greater
drive for innovation.

Embedded in the PDP are bedrock strategies that provide the necessary environment for the plan to work. These include
achieving peace and security, accelerating infrastructure development, building resilient communities, and ensuring
ecological integrity.

“We already have the goal. Now here’s the plan to turn AmBisyonNatin 2040 into reality,” Secretary of Socioeconomic
Planning Ernesto M. Pernia said.

Senator Loren Legarda, National Competitiveness Council Chairperson Guillermo Luz, and Dean Dennis Mapa of UP
School of Statistics were present in the Expo and spoke on the pillars of the PDP.

The Expo also featured booths showcasing the strategies set in the PDP, as well as plans and ongoing programs of
government agencies.

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Photos by Paul Torrente (DIS-MD), LeodyBarcelon (DIS-OD) and Lance Agustin (DIS-DRD)

offices and instrumentalities of the national government. Together with ensuring a clean. including GOCCs are hereby directed to align their budgetary and department/corporate programs with the strategies and activities identified in the PDP 2017-2022. You will see around you images that symbolize how our vision has been translated into a plan of action This is what we are celebrating today. or PDP 2017-2022. the private sector representatives. For those still unfamiliar with it. In November last year. This first PDP springs from the President’s 0-10 point Socioeconomic Agenda. that draw on the analyses. as we tried to be as thorough as possible. offices and instrumentalities of the national government. by various stakeholders.” Further. And I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to grace this public launch of the Philippine Development Plan. insights. This is also the first PDP to adopt a National Spatial Strategy to guide investment programming across the regions and provinces. we were here to hold a similar forum and expo and we spoke about our long-term vision popularly known now as AmBisyonNatin 2040. and another on the fair and swift Administration of Justice. efficient and people-centered government. and sometimes even heated negotiations between and among various government agencies. It was a tedious and painstaking process. and the local government units. All these wide consultations and collaboration was spurred by Memorandum Circular No. 12 also issued by the President last year. are hereby directed to adopt and disseminate the PDP 2017-2022 and undertake efforts leading to its full implementation.” This first of four PDPs that will work to realize AmBisyonNatin 2040.O. 27. AmBisyonNatin 2040.SECRETARY PERNIA’S OPENING REMARKS AT AKSYON PARA SA AMBISYON: PDP EXPO Fellow workers and friends from the government and the private sector. months of collaboration. The chapters of the PDP – which are featured in our expo today – were written by several interagency committees. Section 2 say “All heads of departments. Welcome to AksyonparasaAmBisyon. AmBisyonNatin 2040 articulates the aspirations of Filipinos for themselves and for the country all over the next 24 years which is about a generation from now. including government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs). ladies and gentlemen good afternoon. as well as the universal Sustainable Development Goals. towards regional and rural development. Thorough and inclusive meaning: not only in terms of who wrote each chapter. you will be given a glimpse of an important product of collective action toward our goals. reads: “All departments. Section 1 of the E. The President has issued Executive Order No. whether or not they receive funding support through the General Appropriations Act. but also about what ideas went into it. this will facilitate the process of enhancing the social fabric towards having a “matatagnalipunan. which is the thrust of this administration There is also an entire chapter on Culture and Development. development partners. the academia. Today. . and is anchored on the long-term vision. and continues to be enriched. and ideas from numerous stakeholders. and civil society organizations all over the country. is the product of endless discussions. Executive Order No. 5 was issued by the president last year to officially adopt and widely disseminate the AmBisyonNatin 2040 The beauty of the AmBisyonNatin 2040 is that it was shaped.

This Plan is the first of four intended to make such vision a reality. we will be doing the Midterm Review and Update of the Plan. To paraphrase General George Patton’s saying. maginhawa. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” A plan as you know is a living document that needs to be implemented and adjusted as we go along.” We needed to send the manuscript to the printers given our tight timeline. But what is remarkable about anchoring medium-term plans on a long-term vision is that.” We find that the aspirations of Filipinos are family-centered. predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor. and finally getting it printed and delivered to you today. the end goal – based on the Filipino people’s aspirations – remains the same. laying out the manuscript. I would like to acknowledge with profound gratitude the people who chose to get involved. Before I close. at panatag. are smart and innovative. After a few concessions. The Philippine Development Plan is no different. too.” We already have the goal. This isn’t to say that the Plan is finished. college education for the children. editing. there were still things that many who wanted to add. Many thanks to members of the Steering Committee. the different agencies and individuals who submitted inputs to or comments on the Plan. the different Planning Committees. this was no easy task: There were “endless” and animated discussions toward producing the Plan. the next administrations will be crafting the next Plans. The aspirations also include home ownership. Kaya nating umaksyon para sa ambisyon! Thank you and mabuhay tayong lahat! .” At one point we just had to say “Aksyunan na natin ito. including in their retirement years. we just had to say “let’s stop it. Even after the supposed “final draft” was done. or modify. As the saying goes. they want to enjoy work-life balance. now here’s the plan. the Philippines will be a prosperous. In a couple of years.This is also the first PDP that supports the further acceleration of economic growth even beyond the Administration’s term by promoting science. a steady source of income to support family and self. Our peoples enjoy long and healthy lives. and by reaching for and optimizing the demographic dividend Mind you. No exaggeration here. those who conducted regional consultations all over the country. regardless of who comes next. so that they will have more time to bond with their family and friends. They want to feel secure wherever they are and wherever they want to go. of course.” Filipinos want a life that is “matatag. now and in the future. “A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan next week. which is that: “By 2040. and live in a high-trust society. and those who worked hard for the PDP. to writing. And beyond that. The time has come to begin to turn AmBisyon Natin 2040 into reality. subtract. They want stable finances to cover daily needs and unexpected expenses. travel and vacation opportunities. and convenient and affordable transportation. and the NEDA staffs. who put it all together—from compiling the data. technology and the creative arts. and set in stone.

During his farewell reception held at the NEDA Central Office on Wednesday. He also applauded the government for supporting this long-term vision through the execution of Executive Order No. Leody Barcelon (DIS-OD) and Lance Agustin (DIS-DRD) ADB says countries look up to PH’s AmBisyon Natin 2040 March 20.” the NEDA Official said. as we look to other countries’ development planning. 5. Barcelon . as well as for the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. under the leadership of Bolt. 2014. 103 Photos by Leody P.DIS-PRD. 103 Photos by Paul Torrente (DIS-MD). Ryan Jose Calubad. for its support to the Philippine government in the past years. the Philippine model has been the one they look up to.” Bolt said. loc. Bolt highlighted AmBisyon Natin 2040 as a landmark initiative of the Philippines. outgoing Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Richard Bolt said. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expressed his appreciation to ADB Country Office. loc. He was appointed Country Director on March 21. DIS-PRD. 2018 The international community has a high regard for the Philippines’ AmBisyon Natin 2040 as a model for their own development and strategic planning. Bolt also made notable contributions in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda and in efforts towards the rehabilitation of Marawi. “Ambisyon Natin 2040 is an excellent piece of work and I have to say. ADB has been a staunch supporter of the Filipino people’s dream through its unwavering support for AmBisyon Natin 2040.

AmBisyon Natin 2040 is the result of a long-term visioning process that began in 2015. Filipino families live together. Filipinos trust their government because it is free of corruption and provides service to all its citizens equally. No one is poor. Filipinos feel secure over their entire lifetime. and how the country will be by 2040. comfortable. no one is ever hungry. It is different from a plan. Our family lives together in a place of our own. A plan describes the way to get to the destination. and civil society. it is an anchor for development planning across at least four administrations. which defines the strategies to achieve the goals. Children receive quality education so that they realize their full potentials and become productive members of society. It is a high-trust society with a strong sense of community. They feel safe in all places in the country. The exercise benefitted from the guidance of an Advisory Committee composed of government. More than 300 citizens participated in focus group discussions and close to 10. and we have the freedom to go where we desire. families and friends enjoy time together in parks and recreational centers. protected and enabled by a clean. AmBisyon Natin 2040 is a picture of the future. There are volunteer opportunities. Filipinos enjoy a strongly rooted. we will all enjoy a stable and comfortable lifestyle. On weekends. including opportunities for entrepreneurship. a set of life goals and goals for the country. and secure life. private sector. As such.AmBisyon Natin 2040 represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years. and Filipinos spend time to serve the community. Technical studies were prepared to identify strategic options for realizing the vision articulated by citizens. that we can plan and prepare for our own and our children’s future. academe. They expect to live long and enjoy a comfortable life upon retirement. It describes the kind of life that people want to live. Filipinos are comfortable: maginhawa. Filipinos are strongly rooted: matatag. Filipino families live in comfortable homes with the desired amenities and secure tenure. and there are savings. Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay By 2040. help others who are in need. The life of all Filipinos in 2040: Matatag. It is like a destination that answers the question “Where do we want to be?”. Matatag  Family is together  Time with friends  Work-life balance  Volunteering . and they can take a vacation together within the country and abroad. efficient. Filipinos are secure: panatag. and fair government. Families and friends are within reach because transport is convenient and affordable.000 answered the national survey. In 2040. Decent jobs that bring sustainable income are available. AmBisyon Natin 2040 is the vision that guides the future and is the anchor of the country’s plans. secure in the knowledge that we have enough for our daily needs and unexpected expenses. there is work-life balance so that there is time to spend with family even for members who work. There are resources to cover unexpected expenses. and contribute to various causes.

inclusive and sustainable. More than the increase in income. maginhawa at panatag na buhay. institutional. in particular. The country is a high-trust society where families thrive in vibrant. social and cultural. the Philippines is a prosperous middle class society where no one is poor. and facilitating access to finance. These should be complemented by . must use its tools of fiscal. human and physical capital. Government must encourage investments in these sectors by improving market linkages. culturally diverse.Maginhawa  Free from hunger and poverty  Secure home ownership  Good transport facilities  Travel and vacation Panatag  Enough resources for day-to-day needs. economic growth must progressively improve the quality of life of the majority of Filipinos. Government. predominantly middle class society where no one is poor. per capita income must increase by at least three-fold. Over the next 25 years (until 2040). Economic growth must be relevant. and resilient communities. This pertains to all dimensions of development: economic. People live long and healthy lives and are smart and innovative. should direct their efforts towards creating opportunities for Filipinos to enjoy a matatag. AmBisyon can be partly achieved by having competitive enterprises that offer quality goods and services at affordable prices. By 2040. whether public or private. monetary and regulatory policies to steer the development path towards enabling Filipinos to attain their AmBisyon. Filipinos live in a prosperous. unexpected expenses and savings  Peace and security  Long and healthy life  Comfortable retirement Realizing the AmBisyon All sectors of society. simplifying government procedures.

Following are the priority sectors that have direct impact on AmBisyon: Housing and Urban Development Construction. construction-related. transport manufacturing. technology and innovation. Connectivity Roads and bridges. transport systems. . vehicles. house development-related manufacturing. port. gas. and water). airports. housing related. and other manufacturing. and communication.appropriate human capital development. construction-related manufacturing. and utilities (electricity. science. Manufacturing Food processing.

Agriculture Food production. travel and tour cultural shows. and tertiary care. . Moreover. heritage sites. etc. Financial Services Consumer financing. if not earlier. there should be aggressive interventions to increase opportunities for the poor to participate in the growth process even as they are protected against the negative impact of economic and political instabilities. sports and fitness facilities. and insurance savings mobilization. it must result in a more equal income distribution. commercial and industrial crop.Education Services Formal education and re-tooling services. secondary. wellness facilities. agricultural biotechnology. Poverty must be eradicated by 2040. accommodation. Health and Wellness Services Primary. pharmaceuticals. etc. enterprise financing. natural and man-made calamities. Government must also ensure that economic growth is broad-based across sectors and regions. rest-recreation hotels. Tourism and Allied Services Resort. etc.

therefore. but more importantly. Ensuring the quality of health care and health-related products and the safety of other products is the responsibility of government as well Filipinos are smart and innovative. health and education services until they become mature enough. ICT literacy. therefore. Well-educated. If education is the process of facilitating the “acquisition of knowledge. Filipinos must also be given more affordable. More than ensuring that Filipino students acquire the foundational literacies (reading. Policies that promote work-life balance can reduce the strain on people’s health. social and cultural awareness)2 . It is important that parents and families should be able to provide these. like open spaces. clean and safe options for rest and recreation. and certainly products that promote good health. is for parents to adequately prepare for having a family. after all. Filipinos must have access to affordable and good quality healthcare. initiative. numeracy. collaboration) and develop character qualities (curiosity. beliefs and habits”1 . This is borne out of healthy lifestyle choices. the formal education system must also ensure that students obtain competencies (critical thinking. beliefs and habits. values. skills. the mode of delivery. New products and processes that are safer and cleaner. scientific literacy. creativity. Filipinos live a long and healthy life. It is. nature parks and public sports and fitness facilities. Government. A long and healthy life allows people to realize their full potential and to enjoy the attainment of their AmBisyon for many years. economic and financial literacy. This may require a revision of the curriculum content. persistence and grit. formal education is the structured method of facilitating the acquisition of a select set of such knowledge. although government should stand ready to fill the gap. there must be access to lifelong learning opportunities so that competencies are continuously upgraded and updated . about molding the future Filipino and creating the future Philippine society. there is the requisite care.It must also be recognized that certain individuals cannot immediately participate in the growth process. adaptability. guidance. are needed as well. innovative Filipinos will continuously improve the quality of life in the Philippines. For infants and children. cultural and civic literacy). problem-solving. skills. communication. At the same time. A major intervention. In case of illness. must be proactive in setting the agenda for education. values. leadership.

it must be cultivated. fair and citizen-centered. and resilient communities of the Philippines by 2040– hopefully. A high-trust society allows Filipinos to enjoy a panatag na buhay together with their families. A high-trust society allows people to see to their economic pursuits. Government must therefore begin the process of confidence-building by being clean. . culturally diverse. or unable to recover from unfortunate events. Venues and opportunities for interpersonal interaction must be provided.Filipinos live in a high-trust society. But usually. it takes root from building trust in established institutions like government. sooner. a high trust society equals a matatag na pamayanan. societal ties must be strengthened where every Filipino cares for the plight of his fellow Filipino. A caring society does not evolve overnight. After all. Extending to the bigger community. Every Filipino must feel upset if another Filipino is found hungry and poor. However. a high-trust society is the most durable bedrock for vibrant. secure in the knowledge that they will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.