The direction to implement the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, the blueprint for the country’s development under the Duterte administration, now takes effect through Executive Order No. 27, signed by the President on June 1, 2017.
The EO directs “all departments, offices and instrumentalities of the national government, including government-owned and –controlled corporations, and the local government units, whether or not they receive funding support through General Appropriations Act” to adopt and disseminate the PDP 2017-2022, and undertake efforts leading to its full implementation.
“This EO leads our nation towards committing to our shared responsibility of achieving the vision of a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay para sa lahat. It is a pledge that this administration—together with the people, the development partners, and the private sector—is ready to do the work and do it right away,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia.
He added that the PDP will be accompanied by the Philippine Investment Program 2017-2022, to be completed by July, and will contain the priority programs and projects to be implemented by the national government.
“We want to make sure this plan is implemented efficiently and effectively through proper prioritization and sequencing of identified strategies, policies, programs, and projects, including legislation,” said Pernia.
The EO also directs the NEDA “to present the accomplishments of outputs and outcomes and recommend policy directions for moving forward.”
“Intentions must be matched with swift actions. This is only possible through convergence of efforts in implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the different agencies,” said Pernia.
The signing of the EO coincided with Aksyon para sa AmBisyon: The Philippine Development Plan Expo, the official launch of the PDP, on June 2.
The event highlighted the PDP’s three pillars: Malasakit or enhancing the social fabric, Pagbabago or inequality-reducing transformation, and Patuloy na Pag-unlad or increasing growth potential.
Previously, the President signed the EO 5 last October 11 that adopted the AmBisyon Natin 2040 or the country’s long-term vision as a guide for development planning.
The PDP 2017-2022, taking off from the administration’s 0-to-10-point Socioeconomic Agenda, is the first of four medium-term plans oriented towards the achievement of AmBisyon Natin 2040.
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