OIC-Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region VI, Engr. Arecio A. Casing, Jr., presented the highlights of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028 to the national government executives during the visit of Undersecretary Mark Cristeo R. Gimenez of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) on February 16, 2023 at the RDC Hall of the NEDA VI in Iloilo City.

OIC-RD Casing underscored the importance of the PDP as the country’s overall blueprint in development planning for the next six years. The PDP reflects the government’s policies, strategies, programs, and legislative priorities consistent with President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s Socioeconomic Agenda. The Plan is geared towards the attainment of the country’s long-term vision, the AmBisyon Natin 2040, where all Filipinos are envisioned to enjoy strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure lives.

In support of the National Plan, NEDA VI Chief Economic Development Specialist, Ms. Joyalita B. Tigres of the Policy Formulation and Planning Division, discussed the Western Visayas Regional Development Plan (WV RDP) 2023-2028 strategy framework. The Regional Plan complements the PDP in its desired outcomes to reinvigorate job creation and reduce poverty by steering the economy back to its high-growth path through economic transformation for a prosperous, inclusive, and resilient society.

In the same event, Undersecretary Gimenez officiated the oathtaking of the newly elected officers and board of directors of the Regional Association of National Government Executives of Region VI (RANGE VI) for 2023-2024, led by its re-elected President Regional Director Rowen R. Gelonga of the Department of Science and Technology Region VI.

The event ended with the RANGE VI members manifesting their support to the PDP with the symbolic signing of the Pledge of Commitment. (RADemonteverde/DRD)