NEDA calls for passage of bill strengthening agency

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2019 05:27 PM

MANILA— The National Economic and Development Authority on Thursday called on lawmakers to pass a bill strengthening the institution.

The agency said the NEDA Charter Bill will allow it "to fully carry out its mandate and help sustain the country’s progress over the long-term."

"This measure aims to institutionalize NEDA as the country’s premier socioeconomic planning agency that will oversee the crafting and implementation of long-term, continuing, integrated, and coordinated programs and policies for national development," NEDA said in a statement.

NEDA said the bill seeks to give the agency a sufficiently authoritative position as an oversight body.

It also aims to ensure the integration of national and regional development plans, and institutionalize long-term planning, the agency said.

“The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, Ambisyon Natin 2040, and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are well-aligned and overarching, and we need to ensure that government actions are strategic, coherent, and evidence-based,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

“We need a strong institution that oversees and coordinates with all other agencies to help us overcome silo mentality and short-sightedness in government,” he added.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and Albay Rep. Joey Salceda have filed bills on the NEDA Charter in their respective chambers.