The National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) draft of the new development plan was released, alongside the Department of Budget and Management's (DBM) Proposed National Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017. NEDA said the government retains its priority on poverty reduction and disaster risk management.

Here are three things to know about the new development plan drafted by NEDA.

1. NEDA’s development plan consists of five priority areas. These areas are in line with the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The five priority areas include the following:

  • Poverty reduction and social inclusion
  • Environmental sustainability, climate change and disaster risk management
  • Accountable, responsive and participatory governance
  • Fair and stable order based on international rule of law
  • Peace and security

NEDA’s Deputy Director-General Rosemarie Edillon said that there is an ongoing process of integrating these areas with SDG along with identifying strategies to achieve the collective goals of Filipinos.

“We will be guided by the quality of life characteristics indicated in the 2030 Agenda and the principle that no one should be left behind,” NEDA cited Edillon as saying in a statement.

2.  NEDA’s development plan aims for a “rights-based, equitable and sustainable society.” Strategies to achieve these goals include the implementation of the next medium-term development plan, the Public Investment Program and the yearly Budget Priorities Framework.

NEDA added that the previous administration was able to initiate some fundamental reforms on domestic resource mobilization.

“We have also collaborated with the Millennium Institute to apply the Threshold 21 (T21) model in formulating the implementation and financing plans for the SDG,” Edillon added.

3. NEDA’s development plan is also aligned with the Duterte government’s 10-point economic agenda. It targets to end poverty by achieving only 16-17 percent rate by 2022.

Edillon said that the long-term vision and the SDGs shall involve the legislative branch and local government units. This is to devolve participation of government officials in reducing poverty rates in the country.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his budget message for the Fiscal Year 2017, even urged the judiciary and the Congress to act in implementing programs necessary for the poor.

“The bureaucracy,” The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Duterte as saying. “must move to effectively implement programs that benefit the poorest.”

What do you think of the NEDA’s Development Plan? What about the Duterte Administration’s priorities on development? Let us know in the comments section below.