Chief Economic Development Specialist Rosa D. Lemana of NEDA RO XII

City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – With the objective to promote the AmBisyon Natin 2040 to as many stakeholders as possible,  NEDA XII partnered with the  Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XII,  dubbed as Ang Bagong PIA in conducting a series of advocacy activities in the region on  March 16-17, 2017.  Conducted in the City of Kidapawan and the Municipality of Isulan, students comprising of junior to senior high school, as well as from the tertiary level, were oriented on various topics such as the ASEAN Integration, AmBisyon Natin 2040, and the BIMP-EAGA.

PIA XII, who spearheaded the activity, intends to inform the people more of what’s happening in the Government, targeting specifically the students who are deemed to be very important stakeholders in the realization of various government initiatives.

In his speech, PIA XII Acting-Regional Director Joey Sem G. Dalumpines, said that it is important that the Government reach out and inform the people in order to have a better understanding of the plans and programs of the current administration. He also believes that conducting such orientations are more effective in communicating government’s programs, thrusts and priorities as these would allow government personnel to  personally interact with the audience targeted.

Division Chief Rosa D. Lemana, who headed the group from NEDA XII, and who rendered the orientation on AmBisyon Natin 2040, thanked PIA XII for initiating the event and for including the topic  on AmBisyon Natin 2040 in the activity. Ms. Lemana said that NEDA XII advocates the AmBisyon Natin 2040 in order to generate more acceptance of the long-term vision, summarized as Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay in 2040, to as many stakeholders as possible, especially the youth/millennials, being the more affected sector of society.

Other speakers who discussed relevant topics  were:  Daniel T. Te,  Regional Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), who provided a general overview of ASEAN; Mr. Gerardo Ramon Cesar B. Reynaldo of MinDA, who gave an insight on the BIMP-EAGA; and Ms. Melissa Gabrielle H. Vargas of NEDA XII, who discussed the ASEAN Economic Community.

The orientations were considered a success, as students showed interest and appreciation of the topics by interacting with and raising questions to the resource persons during the forum. PIA XII intends to extend the activity in Cotabato to further reach more people in the region. The tentative schedule for the Cotabato City leg will be in the last week of March this year. (Judd Nichol L. Leonar, NEDA XII-DRD)