By Perla Lena, March 22 2019; Philippine News Agency

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ILOILO CITY — The “Ambisyon Natin 2040” of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will be subjected to a mid-term review to assess what it has accomplished in the past three years.

Director Reynaldo R. Cancio, NEDA’s National Planning Staff, said Thursday the review of the long-term vision, which was launched only in 2016, will start this April.

“We will be assessing what we have accomplished in the past three years and reviewing the strategies that we currently have. But I can say that at this point, apart from that mid-term review, essentially we’re off to a good start in terms of our vision,” Cancio said in a press conference of the multi-sectoral forum, “Making Growth Work for the Poor”.

He said the milestones include the more than 6 percent economic growth and good progress in terms of the reform agenda.

Cancio added that they are also working with government agencies to reach out to local government units and explain to them the long-term vision and the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan.

Teresa Guadalupe, Senior Economic Development Specialist of NEDA 6 (Western Visayas), added that in the region, they have been doing caravan and other advocacy activities in state universities and colleges where “Ambisyon 2040” and the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan were tackled.

The whole-day forum hosted by the Central Philippine University was held in partnership with the NEDA and the World Bank.

It aimed to generate discussions of development issues using the poverty assessment and productivity report of the World Bank; engage with stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector; provide insight into the World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostic; and provide input to NEDA’s upcoming regional consultations for the Philippine Development Plan Mid-Term Update.

The forum was also joined by World Bank senior economic specialist, Rong Qian, and economist, Sharon Faye Piza.

The “Ambisyon 2040” envisions Filipinos enjoying a strongly rooted, comfortable and secure life. (PNA)