KORONADAL CITY, Philippines – NEDA Region 12 has successfully concluded the Updated Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2020 Virtual Caravan last May 26, 2021 with around 185 guests online from government and private sector, a manifestation of the interest of the people of SOCCSKSARGEN to know and be involved with attaining the objectives of the Plan.

NEDA Regional Office (NRO) XII, in coordination with the NEDA-Development Information Staff (DIS), organized the activity to provide a virtual platform of discourse and engagement between the government and the community in tackling the contents of the updated PDP.

In her Opening Message, NRO XII Regional Director (RD) Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, reminded the participants of the realities being faced by the country and that the youth are an integral part of change and reform.

“We acknowledge the importance of the involvement of the youth in this activity and their high potential for being drivers of change and reform. So, to the youth listening now, come and join us in advocating the updated PDP, and more importantly let’s come together to achieve its objectives.”

NEDA Undersecretary of the Policy and Planning Group, Rosemarie G. Edillon, presented the Updated PDP 2017-2022 covering its three pillars – Malasakit, Pagbabago, and Patuloy na Pag-Unlad. The presentation also highlighted AmBisyon Natin 2040, the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years.

Insights and presentations on the attainment of the Updated PDP 2017-2022 were shared by RD Jennifer C. Bretaña of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) XII; Engr. Artemio Del Rosario Jr. of the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA) XII; and Assistant RD Dr. Sulpicio Henry M. Legaspi, Jr. of the Department of Health (DOH) XII. The three speakers presented PDP Chapter 12: Building Safe, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities, PDP Chapter 17: Attaining Just and Lasting Peace, and PDP Chapter 10: Human Capital Development towards Greater Agility, respectively.

Regional Director Catherine C. Apelacio of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XII moderated the question-and-answer segment of the program.

The 185 participants who tuned in via Zoom and the NRO XII Facebook livestream were from the various colleges, universities and other academic institutions, local government units, Sangguniang Kabataan Federations, regional line agencies, private sector organization, and civil society organizations, among others,

In closing, Private Sector Representative for Sarangani Province and Chairperson of Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII Richlie Lyndon L. Magtulis recognized the resilience and the exercise of intergenerational responsibility as among the strong traits of Filipinos.

“And so, we would like to thank our government especially the National Economic and Development Authority for stepping up and developing a template for the Philippine economy to recover from this pandemic and for Filipinos to come out as more resilient and healthier as well. This template is the Updated Philippine Development Plan”

A virtual commitment wall was signed by the participants signifying their support and cooperation in advocating the Updated PDP 2017-2022.

This caravan for SOCCSKSARGEN region wraps up the virtual caravans all over the regions across the country and hopefully, more advocates have been minted to push the attainment of a healthy and resilient Phillippines. (Joseph DIdius L. Clave, NEDA XII)