The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will conduct the AmBisyon Natin 2040 Expo to showcase government’s services and training modules that can help Filipinos, especially the youth, to work toward their long-term aspirations.
“The Expo will be the biggest culminating activity of the Philippine Long-term Vision. It’s theme, AmBisyon Mo, Misyon Nating Lahat, communicates that it takes a whole-of-nation approach to realize the ambitions and dreams of its citizen ” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said in a statement over the weekend.
The Expo will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Manila on November 15. The guest of honor Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo will give a message on the importance of having a long-term vision for the development of the country.
Building on three main pillars—Matatag at Balanseng Buhay, Ligtas at Panatag na Buhay, and Maginhawang Buhay—the expo will have as panelists Filomeno Sta. Ana III from the Action for Economic Reforms, former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cielito Habito, Ateneo De Manila University’s Alvin Ang, and Clarissa David of the AmBisyon Natin 2040 research team.
Another group of six plenary speakers will be from different sectors to inspire participants to dream big and contribute to the national vision. These include Jules Guiang of the 2030 Youth Force of the United Nations, Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, Engineer Aisa Mijeno of SALt, Former Dipolog Mayor Evelyn Uy, and Reese Fernandez of Rags2Riches, and Emil Tapnio of PhilDev.
Government agencies tapped to give short learning sessions to participants include the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (on Strengthening OFW families), Government Service Insurance System (on available e-services for GSIS members), the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (on maintaining peace and order in the community), and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (on disaster management and building resilient communities).
Also participating are the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (on disaster education and weather signals), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (on financial literacy), Social Security System (on social insurance), the National Wage and Productivity Commission (on the NWPC’s productivity modules), the Department of Education (on employment and the K-12 system), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (on TESDA’s available courses) and the Commission on Higher Education (on student financial assistance).
“Public registration for the AmBisyon Natin 2040 Expo has already closed as of October 11. Around 500 participants from various sectors are expected to attend. For updates, the event will be livestreamed through the AmBisyon Natin 2040 Facebook page and @NEDAhq on Twitter,” the NEDA said.
Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 5 approving and adopting AmBisyon Natin 2040 as the basis for development planning and as anchor to the next four Philippine Development Plans (PDPs).
The Filipino long term vision details the aspirations of Filipinos for themselves and the country for the next 25 years. These were drawn from the main findings of 42 focus group discussions with various sectors, including marginalized groups, as well as a NEDA-commissioned nationwide survey that involved 10,000 respondents.
The results showed that Filipinos desire a life that is “matatag, maginhawa, at panatag” and that they envision a Philippines where all citizens are free from hunger and poverty, have equal opportunities, and are enabled by a fair and just society that is governed with order and unity.