NEDA to start PDP consultations in Aug

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The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said it would start conducting regional and sectoral consultations for the next administration’s six-year Philippine Development Plan (PDP) in August.

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In a statement, NEDA said it has started conducting multi-stakeholder workshops to prepare for the next series of consultations for the national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be considered in the formulation of the PDP.

The six-year Plan translates into specific goals, objectives, strategies, programs and projects that a current government wants to accomplish in the medium term.

Together with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), NEDA conducted its second technical workshop on the SDGs indicators on May 11 and 12 in Pasig City. The first technical workshop on SDG indicators was conducted on April 21.

It said the technical workshop gathered representatives from various specialized government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic groups to classify the 230 globally approved indicators based on their level of methodological development and overall data availability at the national level.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra said that the insights generated from the workshop will serve as inputs to the next series of consultations not just on the SDGs but also for the crafting of the next PDP.

“In responding to the SDGs challenge, the Philippines initiated parallel efforts on the development of national-level indicators. This was done through the conduct of a multi-stakeholder workshop last year, building awareness through briefings, and reviewing the functions of existing institutional mechanisms that we have utilized in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals,” Esguerra said, who is also NEDA director general.

The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda involves 17 Sustainable Development Goals broken down into 169 targets and 230 globally approved indicators.

“We continue to review the list of indicators and discuss how we can mainstream them in the national planning process,” he added.

The agency noted that participants discussed the viability of including new indicators that may be relevant to the Philippine context.

Moreover, it said the workshop also allowed them to explore new data sources and data collection technologies, including possible partnerships with civil society, international development agencies, business groups, and the academe.

Besides the SDGs, the results of the long-term visioning project, called “AmBisyon Natin 2040,” will also inform the formulation of the next six-year national development plan, according to NEDA.

“AmBisyon Natin 2040” is an initiative of NEDA that articulates the long-term aspirations of Filipinos, and will serve to frame future development plans.

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