City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office XII performed a song and dance on “Tunog ng Progreso” for the video shoot conducted by the NEDA Development Information Staff (DIS) on December 11, 2017 in SOCCSKSARGEN Region.

The video shoot was taken in Tupi, South Cotabato (pineapple plantation), the NEDA XII Office in Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, and in Lake Sebu,South Cotabato.  NEDA XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero and Assistant Regional Director Noel E. Quiratman joined in singing the “Tunog ng Progreso” song or the Sound of Progress.  The experience allowed NEDA XII to discover its emerging dancers and singers.

Despite the various commitments during the quarter, NEDA XII employees ensured that a weekly practice is conducted before the scheduled shoot, which was considered by the staff as zumba fitness exercise.

The NEDA DIS assigned to conduct the video shoot in SOCCSKSARGEN Region were Ms. Nancy R. Samonte, Mr. Paul Cyril D. Torrente, and Mr. Lance P. Agustin.

Other NEDA DIS staff also visited the other NEDA Regional Offices all over the country to get video footages on the Tunog ng Progreso song and dance performances to come up with a unified audio visual production featuring NEDA officials and staff in line with the NEDA’s 45th Anniversary celebration in January 2018.

Mr. Allan Feliciano and Mr. Top Suzara were commissioned to arrange and compose the song “Tunog ng Progreso.”  In crafting the song, they used the data points of the Philippine gross domestic product from 1980s to 1990s.  They observed that the Philippine economy is progressing contrary to the perception that it is going down. The connected dots of the data points were used as note for the verses of the song.

Director Nerissa T. Esguerra of NEDA DIS said that the song Tunog ng Progreso shall be used as a medium to help people understand the country’s economic trend and progress.  She said that the country’s economic trend is presented in numbers, which is perceived as highly technical and not easily understood.  The Tunog ng Progreso is supportive of the Philippine Development Plan geared towards AmBisyon Natin 2040 which is “Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay.”

Music is a universal language.  It is hoped that the lyrics and sounds of the Tunog ng Progreso shall be appreciated by all Filipinos.  “Ang pag-unlad ay tangi nating Misyon..…Basta’t sama sama sa AmBisyon!  (Evie Arabis Cabulanan,NEDA XII-DRD)