The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is hopeful the measure institutionalizing and empowering it passes in the 18th Congress and enable the agency to fully carry out its mandate and help sustain the country’s progress over the long-term.
“We would like to thank Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda for their continued support to NEDA and believing in the agency’s untapped potential,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia in a statement on Thursday.
Gatchalian recently filed in the Senate the NEDA Charter Bill or Senate Bill No. (SBN), underscoring the need to foster a “culture of planning” in the government.
The bill seeks to institutionalize NEDA as the country’s premier socioeconomic planning agency that will oversee the crafting and implementation of long-term, continuing, integrated, and coordinated programs and policies for national development.
Pernia said the passage of the bill is crucial in the implementation of the country’s development agenda and the realization of the Ambisyon Natin 2040.
“The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, Ambisyon Natin 2040, and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are well-aligned and overarching, and we need to ensure that government actions are strategic, coherent, and evidence-based,” Pernia said.
“We need a strong institution that oversees and coordinates with all other agencies to help us overcome silo mentality and short-sightedness in government,” he added.
The bill seeks to institutionalize “Planning Call” to ensure a timely and coordinated process and give NEDA a sufficiently authoritative position as an oversight body.
NEDA said the bill also aims to ensure the integration of the Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plans, as well as the institutionalization of long-term planning through the creation of a long-term development plan.
Meanwhile, a survey recently conducted by the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) placed NEDA at the second place in the Executive Outlook Survey.
The survey asked 100 executives from 100 companies whether they were satisfied or not with the performance of 69 government agencies from July 2018 to June 2019.
NEDA jumped to second place with an 85 percent satisfaction rating, up from the 11th place (80 percent satisfaction rating) in 2015. Topping the list with a satisfaction rating of 97 percent was Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
“The rating is a testament to the improved confidence in NEDA’s performance in the past years. This further motivates us to excel in our role of leading the country towards its goals and aspirations through seamless, participatory, evidence-based, and proactive planning,” said Pernia.