KORONADAL CITY. The founding director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Dr. Gerardo P. Sicat, spent the afternoon of May 19, 2015 with the NRO XII staffs.
The stopover of Dr. Sicat is part of his travel in the whole island of Mindanao to directly observe the details of Mindanao’s economy both in macro and micro view.
He shared his observations on the country’s economy in general. “The Philippine economy is moving forward, and the rate of development can be doubled, except that this is hampered by divisions among us,” he stated.
“A nationally divided nation cannot move far because of wrong allocation of scarce resources in wrong activities. Our leaders appear to be apprehensive in finding deeper solutions to these matters,” Dr. Sicat said.
Despite this, Dr. Sicat revealed that many positive changes have been happening in the country’s economy since 1998.
He mentioned that the national road system has improved and school buildings appear dignified, well painted and unique from each other. He pointed out the need to further develop the country’s seaports and the roll-on roll-off (RORO) system.
“The regional leaders must be critical in doing the right job such as making a sound policy, coordinating with the national government and understanding the planning process,” he pointed out.
Asked to comment on the type of leaders the country should have in the next term, he said that the national leadership should be able to bring the country’s development in a forward pace and creating decisions that will not lead to crises.
“A leader must understand the issue; he or she must be honest, has a vision, works hard in attending to the needs of the poor and ordinary citizens of the country,” he added.
In parting, Dr. Sicat advised the NEDAns, that: “when you retire the world does not end there, do what you love to do especially those that will make you happy and will keep you young at heart.”
Dr. Gerardo P. Sicat is also known as the father of Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and the Philippine Center for Economic Development (PCED). He is also instrumental in strengthening the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC); in forging stronger regional economic ties in ASEAN Economic Ministers during his tenure as head of the delegates; and in the establishment of UP in Visayas (Miag-ao, Iloilo) as part of the UP system of campuses. Currently, he is contributing weekly articles to Crossroads (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) of The Philippine Star. (Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, NEDA XII-DRD)
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