One of the key points that have been discussed in the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum is the Filipino vision of “AmBisyon 2040” a visualization of the dream of all Filipino longing for a better tomorrow. Within the next 25 years the citizens hope that this vision will turn into reality. Engr. Ernesto Lisondra, Region 10 Chief Economic Development Specialist of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) describes the kind of country that Filipinos will live-in, how the government works and what it looks like by 2040. This is a challenge that all Filipinos must partake, not only the Government but all sectors involve should work together in facing whatever circumstances that comes in our way. Essentially this dream is the driving force in the development planning which will make the foundation in building a strong republic with a prosperous economy.
NEDA consulted the different sectors of society through focus group discussions and national survey. In the survey, one of the questions that was asked is, “What do Filipinos want to have, to do and to be by 2040?” astoundingly 79.2% answered that they like to have a simple and comfortable life while 16.9% wanted to live an above average lifestyle and the remaining 3.9% like to live a luxurious way of life. The survey was given to people that represents the sector of the Youth, Persons with Disabilities, Victims of calamities, Indigenous tribes, Women’s group, Farmers, Fishermen and the Families of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
The simple and comfortable life of a Filipino can be describe in a middle-class lifestyle where a family can afford to own a house, can send their children to school, have enough money to pay the bills, and have their own car.
During the forum a video was played showing Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia of NEDA stating that the simple and comfortable life is possible with the right policies of the government. In addition, the government must play a critical role in order to support the realization of these aspirations, the Secretary explains.
The Government must provide enabling conditions to help Filipinos build up their resources including physical, intellectual and financial by investing in people, nurturing to sustain economic growth and protecting the people against instability.
The vision statement of AmBisyon 2040: “In 2040, we will all enjoy a stable and comfortable lifestyle, secure in the knowledge that we have enough for our daily needs and unexpected expenses, that we can plan and prepare for our own and our children’s future. Our family lives together in a place of our own, and we have the freedom to go where we desire, protected and enabled by a clean, efficient, and fair government”.
The ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum was held in Mindanao Civic Center-Hotel Gazebo on April 26, 2017 in the Municipality of Tubod, Lanao del Norte. It was the first ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum held in the Province of Lanao del Norte in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency-Northern Mindanao. PIO-LDN