MANILA – The comprehensive blueprint for integrated development of the country in the next six years will be released to the public within February 2017, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

In its third meeting on January 17, members of the Plan Steering Committee consisting of several cabinet members had a day-long discussion on the draft chapters of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022. This is the first medium-term development plan anchored on a long-term vision called AmBisyon Natin 2040 and takes off from the Duterte administration’s 0-10 point Socioeconomic Agenda.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, who chairs the Plan Steering Committee, said that NEDA intends to complete the PDP by January 31 and present it to the NEDA Board for final approval within the second week of February.

“This PDP fleshes out the President’s priority socioeconomic agenda. Importantly, it is about laying the foundations for AmBisyon Natin 2040, which articulates the Filipino people’s shared aspirations for the country. As such, it is about nation-building. And we appreciate the perseverance and patience of all agencies involved in the crafting of our nation’s development plan for the next six years,” said Pernia.

Chairpersons and representatives of the 11 Planning Committees (PC) presented the strategic frameworks, results matrices, and strategies of their respective PDP chapters. The body was invited to give comments after the presentation, for the discussion and approval of the PSC, which has 16 national government agency members.

The Cabinet members present at the meeting were Secretaries Rafael Mariano of Agrarian Reform, Judy Taguiwalo of Social Welfare and Development, Arthur Tugade of Transportation, Mark Villar of Public Works and Highways, Gina Lopez of Environment and Natural Resources, Fortunato dela Peña of Science and Technology, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr., and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

The plan has seven parts, divided into 22 chapters, which include: Introduction (with Overview and Framework), Enhancing the Social Fabric (Malasakit), Reducing Inequality in Economic Development Opportunities (Pagbabago), Increasing Potential Economic Growth (Kaunlaran), Enabling and Supportive Economic Environment, Foundations for Inclusive and Sustainable Development, and Moving Forward.

The draft chapters, which were opened for public comments and inputs last week, can be accessed through