NEDA Region IV-A launched AmBisyon Natin 2040 or the Philippine Long-Term Vision in Calabarzon on 25 November 2016 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center, Tagaytay City.
The launching of AmBisyon Natin 2040 through a Regional Summit aimed to engage the support of the government, private, academe, civil organizations and youth to fulfill the vision and aspirations of the Filipinos.
To kick-start the event, the official video presentation of Ambisyon Natin 2040 was played before the participants. NEDA Region IV-A Director Luis G. Banua welcomed the guest and participants, and stressed the importance of working together while respecting cultural differences to achieve the vision.
Undersecretary Adoracion M. Navarro of the NEDA Regional Development Office graced the activity with her presentation of the overview of the vision which featured the “Life We Want” and “What We Want for the Country” in 2040. She said that majority of Filipinos want a simple life, wherein they own a house, a car, a stable job, have time with family, savings and occasional trips or a middle-class lifestyle.
Mr. Donald James D. Gawe of NEDA Region IV-A presented how the vision can be realized. He enlightened the participants that with the right policies and programs on human development, infrastructure, economic growth and protection, the vision can be achieved.
Representatives from the local government, entrepreneurs, agriculture, technology, and youth sectors gave their responses on how they can contribute in attaining the vision. Carmona, Cavite Mayor Dahlia A. Loyola emphasized the importance of the willingness to embrace change for the benefit of the community in public service. On entrepreneurship and technology adoption, Mr. Gilbert Barrera of Given Grace Fashion and Mr. Enrique Mirador shared their struggles in establishing their respective businesses. With the support of government projects, they were able to pursue their dreams and succeeded in their respective products. On agriculture, Mr. Keneth de Gracia of Costales Nature Farm explained the importance of one’s passion to fulfill their dreams. Ms. Jearnelle Ruth Audrey Roxas of the National Alliance of Youth Leaders thanked NEDA in involving the youth in such endeavor and expressed youth’s support to the vision.
During the “Talakayan” session or mini talk-show, programs and projects to alleviate poverty were discussed. The Talakayan showed how both sectors can contribute towards the attainment the vision. Multi-sectoral collaboration, stakeholder participation, and support from all levels of the society were seen crucial in achieving the vision.
The resource persons during the Talakayan were: Ms. Michelle Olimba of DOH Region IV-A, Dir. Leticia Diokno of DSWD Region IV-A, Engr. Melquides Sto. Domingo of DPWH Region IV-A, Dir. Julia Fabian of OWWA Region IV-A, PSupt. Chitadel Gaoiran of PNP Region IV-A, Dir. Elvis Cruz of OCD Region IV-A, Ms. Eva Pugay of DA Region IV-A, Ms. Amparo Christine Panganiban of DepEd Cavite, Dir. Alexander Madrigal of DOST Region IV-A, Dir. Malou Toledo of DTI Region IV-A, Dir. Luis Banua of NEDA Region IV-A, Dir. Rolando Dela Torre of TESDA Cavite, Engr. Ladislao Andal of PICE and Mr. Ruel Punzalan of RTIPC IV-A.
The participants from the regional line agencies, local government units, private sector, media, state universities and colleges, higher education institutions and youth groups signed the commitment wall to pledge their participation in realizing the vision.
AmBisyon Natin 2040 is the result of a survey commissioned by NEDA. It represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in 2040.
Michael R. Lavadia, NEDA Region IV-A | Monday, December 9, 2016