The NEDA Region 5 joined the celebration of the ASEAN 50th anniversary on August 8 by conducting a briefing on ASEAN and by participating in the ASEAN Landmark Lighting ceremony. 


   The briefing was conducted at NEDA Regional Office 5, Arimbay, Legazpi City. Topics discussed include the brief history of ASEAN, the AEC Blueprint 2015 and major accomplishments, and the AEC Blueprint 2025. The ASEAN hymn was sang by the NEDA 5 employees prior to the briefing.

   The NEDA 5 employees also joined the ASEAN Landmark Lighting ceremony held at the Battle of Legazpi monument located in the city center of Legazpi. The lighting ceremony was facilitated by the City Government of Legazpi where performances and singing of the ASEAN hymn made the event memorable. It was highlighted by the lighting of the ASEAN lantern at exactly 7:00 in the evening.  The ASEAN landmark lighting ceremony was a simultaneous event across the country and ASEAN member states which aimed to raise the level of awareness of the public on the importance and benefits of the ASEAN community.


GR Esparraguerra – PDIBPD NEDA 5



   The NEDA Region 5, in partnership with the Organization of NEDA Employees (ONE) 5, joined the nation in celebrating the 2017 Nutrition Month with the theme Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for Life” last July 31 at NEDA Region 5, Arimbay, Legaspi CityThe activity was highlighted with the cooking competition, and a briefing by the National Nutrition Council (NCC) Region 5 representative on this year’s nutrition month theme.  The activity aimed to promote wellness and healthy lifestyle through preparation of nutritious meals, and develop camaraderie among employees while showcasing their talents and creativity in cooking.


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   NEDA Region 5 partnered with the provincial governments of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon in undertaking the provincial roadshows on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and the Regional Development Plan (RDP). The provincial roadshows commenced in Albay on July 17, followed by Sorsogon on July 18, Masbate and Catanduanes on July 19, Camarines Norte on July 20, and Camarines Sur on July 21. The roadshows started with a motorcade along the provincial centers’ main streets that led to a forum where the Ambisyon Natin 2040, PDP and RDP were presented. Close to 1,100 individuals participated in all the six provinces that include representatives from local government units, provincial agencies, business groups, civil society organizations, the academe, and the youth.


   The conduct of provincial roadshows is one of the activities in the advocacy plan that was identified by the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) Adhoc Committee on Advocacy (ComAd) and approved by the RDC full council. It aimed to increase awareness of the PDP and RDP, build support and commitment towards attaining the plan objectives and the long term vision, and encourage participation in plan implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy. Provincial stakeholders expressed ownership of the Ambisyon and commitment to attain the plan objectives by aligning their respective programs, activities, and projects with the three pillars and bedrock strategies of the RDP and PDP.

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   The Central Student Council of the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSC-CSPC) expressed support to advocate Ambisyon Natin 2040 through Resolution No. 11 s. 2017 on July 22 at Nabua, Camarines Sur. The CSC-CSPC committed to be a partner of NEDA Region 5 in its advocacy campaigns and other undertakings to promote the Ambisyon Natin 2040, the Philippine Development Plan and the Bicol Regional Development Plan (2017-2022).

   The Resolution was presented during the 4th Regional Student Leaders Conference on July 22 at Nabua, Camarines Sur. The conference was spearheaded by the CSC, the highest governing student body of the CSPC. It was attended by around 400 student leaders and senior high school students from all over the Bicol Region. The three-day activity aimed to develop among young leaders the spirit of leadership and volunteerism. It was also an opportunity to orient and encourage the young leaders to actively engage in advocating and supporting the activities and programs towards realization of Ambisyon Natin 2040.




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