The NEDA Regional Office in SOCCSKSARGEN (NRO XII) presented the AmBisyon Natin 2040 to around 200 student leaders of South Cotabato during the ASEAN Youth Forum last July 28 in Protech Center, Koronadal City.
Engr. Judd Nichol L. Leonar of NRO XII, explained the long-term vision of Filipinos for self and for the country in the next 24 years. He also reminded the youth leaders that if they want to change their future, they should have a vision for the future and what kind of life they want.
The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 was also mentioned at the event. The PDP is anchored on the Duterte administration’s 0-10 Socioeconomic Agenda geared towards the long-term vision or Ambisyon Natin 2040.
Other speakers at the forum included Mr. Gerardo B. Reynaldo of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Director Flora P. Gabunales of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – South Cotabato.
Reynaldo oriented the student leaders on the potentials of Mindanao as part of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and the ASEAN. He also informed the youth of MinDA’s role in accelerating development in Mindanao. Gabunales, on the other hand, described how ASEAN opens economic opportunities for Filipinos.
The activity was conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) XII in partnership with the Department of Education – South Cotabato, in line with the continuing efforts of PIA to promote ASEAN to different sectors in SOCCSKSARGEN.
Apollo Y. Manlawe, DRD-NEDA SOCCSKSARGEN
Photo by NEDA SOCCSKSARGEN