JANUARY 31, 2023 – The Philippine government is determined to spearhead a whole-of-nation approach in the implementation of strategies and programs laid out in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.

Representatives from the government, the private sector and civil society, as well as development partners convened in the NEDA-led event entitled “From Plan to Action: Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 Forum” held last January 30, 2023 to discuss the ways by which the Plan can be implemented effectively to achieve the goal of deep economic and social transformation.

In his opening remarks, NEDA Secretary Balisacan underscored the Forum as a venue for unifying the public and private sector’s efforts to meet the Plan’s ambitious but attainable targets.

“This PDP forum – a first of a series of stakeholder discussions and roadshows on the Plan – is a manifestation of the Marcos Administration’s commitment to a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach for achieving long-term inclusive development,” he said.

“In these next six years, we can look forward to seeing the government take swift and decisive action, with various agencies working in synergy towards our shared goal of significantly improving the quality of life of the Filipino people and working towards a prosperous, inclusive, and resilient society,” he added.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. graced the event to call for unity among sectors to support the administration’s development agenda despite various challenges.

“This [PDP 2023-2028] is where we need all our partners’ inputs, our partners in the local government, our partners in the private sector, civil society, even our partners in the uniformed services, every part of society must be part of this transformation,” the President said.

The President extended his congratulations to NEDA and other sectors involved for the timely finalization of the PDP 2023-2028.

Last December 31, 2022, the NEDA officially released the PDP 2023-2028, the country’s medium-term development blueprint which aims to reinvigorate job creation and accelerate poverty reduction through rapid and inclusive economic growth.

“Together, let us channel our energies in creating an economy that works for everyone and gives every Filipino – no matter their circumstances – a better life,” President Marcos added.

On January 27, 2023, President Marcos Jr. signed the Executive Order (EO) No. 14, s. 2023, approving and adopting the Philippine Development Plan for the period 2023-2028.

The PDP Forum consisted of a two-part plenary session in which leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society shared action plans and programs that will be crucial for effecting the desired social and economic transformation.

The first session laid out strategies in achieving economic transformation with panelists from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Tourism (DOT), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC).

Meanwhile, the second session focused on the social transformation agenda of the Plan with panelists from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), and the Federation of Peoples’ Sustainable Development Cooperative (FPSDC).

The forum is the first of a series of advocacy initiatives on the PDP. The NEDA has also begun the formulation of Regional Development Plans across the country.