Medium-term development plan caucus slated

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will hold a regional consultation in Western Visayas on January 6 on the draft Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2011-2016.

The consultation with the private sector, local government units, communities, government agencies and the marginalized sector aims to ensure that regional issues and concerns are considered in the policies, programs and strategies in the MTPDP.

The MTPDP serves as the government's economic blueprint which identifies growth sectors for the next six years. It covers development goals and objectives; strategic policy framework to attain such goals and objectives; and strategy planning matrix, a list of result-based priority sectoral activities, and the necessary supportive legislations.
President Benigno Aquino III, in Memorandum Circular 3, mandated that all plans of the local government units shall be consistent with the regional development strategies, physical framework, and local needs.

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"All sectors of society, public or private, shall be consulted to the fullest to obtain their opinions and positions on matters related thereto," he added. "All departments, offices and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations, shall draw inputs from their respective regional offices and that these concerns must be consistent with the regional development plan."

Section 9, Article XII of the 1987 Constitution states that the economic and planning agency of the government shall implement continuing integrated and coordinated programs and policies for national development after consultations with appropriate public agencies, various private sectors and LGUs.

"Accordingly, (there is a need) to translate the 'Social Contract with the Filipino People' into consistent policies and programs, and to specify the resource allocation of the national government to ensure efficiency in public spending and implement effective government policies, programs and projects," the circular stressed.

Highlights of the draft MTPDP, such as the vision and emerging priorities, will be presented to participants. This will be followed by a workshop to generate comments and recommendations on all the chapters of the Plan. (Cheryl G. Cruz)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 05, 2011.

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