The year 2020 brought enormous challenges for the country and around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented health crisis on a global scale that endangered lives and crippled the economy.

The COVID-19 crisis, the eruption of Taal Volcano, and the massive flooding in several regions in the country due to typhoons Ofel, Nika, Pepito, Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses, among others, have brought into stark reality the need for the country to build resilience and build back better. Dealing with the country’s economic health by proactively managing the risks and striking a better balance between protecting the people from both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 challenges was our best recourse to move forward. Turning this crisis into an opportunity for stronger recovery and building a better normal is crucial in achieving the country’s long-term vision of a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay para sa lahat.

Despite the risks, the agency rose to the challenge by providing more proactive and efficient services through its three major programs: (a) socioeconomic policy and planning; (b) national investment programming; and (c) national development monitoring and evaluation. The agency and its attached agencies also continued to work on organizational development and build strategic linkages for effective leadership management and innovation.

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