‘The golden age of infrastructure’

President Rodrigo Duterte is implementing an ambitious $160 billion infrastructure plan, for which he can count on the support of Japanese investment, both public and private The Philippines is among the most attractive destinations for foreign investment in South East Asia. As the economy continues to grow, so too will the number foreign investors. But one major concern for investors is the lack of adequate infrastructure. That is why Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has pledged to pour $160 billion into infrastructure development during his six-year tenure. Under the 2017 budget, the government plans to increase infrastructure spending to more than […]

Gov’t transparency key to achieving a high-trust society – NEDA

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia highlighted the importance of transparency in government to achieve a high-trust society, as envisioned in AmBisyon Natin 2040. He discussed this in a forum on Freedom of Information (FOI) held recently, that aimed to deepen the engagement between government and reform partners in pursuing for transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. In the plenary session Measuring Change: Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) Transparency Reforms, Pernia emphasized that M&E is “a powerful management tool” that helps the government achieve desired results. “Transparency reforms implemented in the government create a culture of interest among the public to be […]

CHED endorses support for NEDA’s campaign on Ambisyon Natin 2040 and PDP 2017-2022

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued a memorandum signed by CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan, endorsing its support in the information, education and communication campaign for Ambisyon Natin 2040 and the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. In the memorandum addressed to all CHED central and regional directors, presidents/heads of public and private higher education institutions (HEIs), participation in the campaign of officials, employees and students from private HEIs shall be voluntary. Officials and employees of State and Local Universities and Colleges, on the other hand, should first seek approval from the president or head of their respective institutions. They should also […]