A simple and comfortable life is a shared aspiration among Filipinos – even for those at the outskirts of society.

Thirty pedicab drivers in Barangay Sto. Rosario-Duran, Iloilo City temporarily halted their daily routes to learn about AmBisyon Natin 2040 and pledged support to this national vision on December 15, 2016 at the NEDA Regional Office VI, Fort San Pedro Road, Iloilo City. Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan, Assistant Regional Director, welcomed the pedicab drivers, along with the staff of the Development Research Division (DRD) of NEDA.

Meanwhile, Ms. Yvette G. Batacandolo, Supervising Economic Development Specialist of DRD, presented an overview of AmBisyon Natin 2040 and stressed the pedicab drivers’ need to properly care and educate their children to end their inter-generational poverty.

In response, the pedicab drivers committed to become agents of this vision by staying away from vices and becoming responsible members of the community. Each of the participants received a t-shirt and tarpaulin to be installed in their units to help disseminate and make AmBisyon Natin 2040 a byword in Iloilo City.

The said activity is part of the regional dissemination campaign of NEDA Region-VI to relay the survey results and studies leading to AmBisyon Natin 2040. Its recent initiative is the briefing conducted in eight (8) state universities and colleges in Western Visayas in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Guimaras which garnered more than a thousand audience. (RGCaspillo/NEDA).