By Camille Abadicio, CNN Philippines
Updated 11:47 AM PHT Thu, March 31, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Most Filipinos dream of a simple and comfortable life, and given a choice, they prefer working in the country rather than abroad.
These are two key findings of a nationwide survey commissioned by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in March 2015.
The survey, participated in by 10,000 respondents, looked into the aspirations, values, and principles of Filipinos.
The survey results showed Filipinos’ aspirations are generally family-centered.
When it comes to lifestyle, 79 percent of Filipinos aspire for a simple and comfortable life, over 16 percent want an affluent life, and about 4 percent long for the life of the rich.
When it comes to jobs, 88 percent believe that by 2040, Filipinos should be able to find jobs in the Philippines instead of going abroad. If given a choice, 69 percent would rather work in the country than go overseas.
This survey was used in a project called “Ambisyon Natin 2040,” which seeks to define a long-term vision (LTV) for the Philippines.
“In ensuring the continuity of policies, projects, and programs, development plans have to be anchored to a long-term view of what we want, and where we want the country and the economy to be in the foreseeable future,” said NEDA.
The LTV project is comprised of several components: national consultations, thematic papers, projection modeling, integrative report, and the communication campaign. Forty-two focus group discussions among various sectors were conducted nationwide from June to August 2015, and was followed by the online survey.
Public consultations indicated that eradication of poverty and hunger, is the most important goal for Filipinos, followed by adequate jobs. Other important goals include housing, education, and health.
The project also revealed that Filipinos believe corruption must be eliminated, and that peace and security can lead to a better future.
PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan said “Ambisyon Natin 2040” should be a basis of unity among Filipinos for a development plan that can be sustained across different administrations.
Through the project, authorities want to engage stakeholders and create a strong constituency among Filipinos.