NEDA CAR director urges broader perspective in IFSU strat plan

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) – Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Director Milagros A. Rimando provided an overview of the development plans of local and international government and non-government organizations that served as references during the Ifugao State University (IFSU) strategic planning held at Highlander Hotel, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on July 25 to 28, 2018.

Director Rimando, also a member of the IFSU Board of Regents, expressed appreciation to the aspiration of the new IFSU President Dr. Eva Marie Codamon–Dugyon to challenge the status quo. She said in doing so, there is a need to plan.

“We always plan, right? We plan for tomorrow and when tomorrow comes, we’re not satisfied because of so many things that happened. There are many things that we don’t anticipate and then we plan again. It is a non-ending thing which is okay because, anyway, a plan should not be something static. It should be dynamic,” she said.

Dr. Rimando stressed the need to be opened to new perspectives when crafting the development plan. She explained that planning should not be done in isolation of so many things that are important by considering the sustainable development goals (SGD) of the United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community Blueprint, “AmBisyon Natin 2040” of the Philippine government, the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, CAR Regional Development Plan, the provincial development plan, and the plans of the Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CARASUC) and the Highland Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (HARRDEC).

Dr. Rimando explained that one of the priorities under SGD is quality education that gives premium on: building and upgrading education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all; substantially expanding globally the number of scholarships by 2020, and; substantially increasing the supply of qualified teachers, including thru international cooperation for teacher training by 2030.

Another highlight of her presentation is AmBisyon Natin 2040 which, according to the NEDA, is the result of a long-term visioning process that began in 2015 where more than 300 citizens participated in focus group discussions and close to 10,000 answered the national survey.

“Technical studies were prepared to identify strategic options for realizing the vision articulated by citizens. The exercise benefitted from the guidance of an Advisory Committee composed of government, private sector, academe, and civil society,” NEDA cited.

Further, she shed light on the goals under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 such as: “Malasakit,” enhancing the social fabric; “Pagbabago,” reducing inequality, and; “Patuloy na Pag-unlad,” increasing growth potential. #  Jeremy M. Gawongna

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