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NEDA 5 launches Ambisyon Natin 2040 in Bicol, partners with National Youth Commission to engage the youth

   The NEDA Region 5 launched the Ambisyon Natin 2040 through a regional dissemination forum held on November 15 (Tuesday) at Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City. A total of 161 participants from local government units, regional line agencies and instrumentalities, higher education institutions, private sector and civil society organizations attended the event. NEDA Regional Director Agnes Espinas presented the long-term vision of the Filipino people and the strategic directions that will be pursued to realize the vision.

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Dir. Agnes M. Espinas in her presentation of Ambisyon Natin 2040

   The Filipinos’ vision for themselves is: “In 2040, we will all enjoy a stable and comfortable lifestyle, secure in the knowledge that we have enough for our daily needs and unexpected expenses, that we can plan and prepare for our own and our children’s futures. Our families live together in a place of our own, yet we have the freedom to go where we desire, protected and enabled by a clean, efficient, and fair government.” The Filipinos’ vision for the country is: “By 2040, the Philippines shall be a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor.  Our people will enjoy long and healthy lives, are smart and innovative, and will live in a high-trust society.”

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Participants from the academe, local government units and non-government institutions enthusiastically shared their experiences and insights as core development actors in the collective vision for the Filipino people and for the country.

   Representing the core development actors in the region, the participants lauded the initiative of NEDA and committed support to the Ambisyon Natin 2040 by signing on the pledge wall. Their signatures will be a constant reminder of the collective commitment to attain the aspirations of the Bicolanos. Some of the insights that the participants shared during the open forum were the need to: (a) sustain the momentum across four administrations until 2040; (b) curb population growth to make the vision for the family more achievable; (c) capacitate low income municipalities to make them more proactive as frontline development actors; (d) improve coordination among implementing agencies; (e) enhance education curricula to focus on values formation; (f) continue engagement and dialogue with civil society to sustain ownership and buy-in of as many stakeholders as possible.

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Pledge Wall Signing as a symbol of commitment to Ambisyon Natin 2040

   Recognizing that the youth has the most at stake 25 years from now, the NEDA Region 5 will hold a regional youth forum on December 13 in partnership with the National Youth Commission. The regional youth forum aims to engage 300 young leaders of student and youth organizations regionwide to own the vision, cascade it to their respective organizations, and push for their aspirations.