The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) VIII visited Saint Paul School of Professional Studies (SPSPS) to advocate AmBisyon Natin 2040, the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, and the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 on 21 December 2017 in Campetic, Palo, Leyte.

In his message, NEDA VIII Regional Director Atty. Bonifacio G. Uy emphasized the importance of having SPSPS onboard in the campaign to broaden the public’s awareness on the long-term vision of the Filipinos and on the two (2) six-year development plans of the government.

RD Uy also highlighted the achievements of the SPSPS as one of the region’s private higher education institutions, and the significance of the academe in achieving the national and regional development goals outlined in the PDP 2017-2022 and EV-RDP 2017-2022, respectively.

SPSPS President Dr. Erwin Vincent G. Alcala expressed his appreciation to NEDA VIII for recognizing the contribution of the SPSPS in the region and for advocating such important vision and plans in their institution. SPSPS Professor, Dr. Edmundo F. Gariando, also sits in the Regional Development Council (RDC) VIII as the Private Sector Representative (PSR) for the Academe Sector.

NEDA VIII-Development Research Division Chief Jam M. Colas presented AmBisyon Natin 2040, PDP 2017-2022 and Eastern Visayas RDP 2017-2022 to the SPSPS alumni, college officials, faculty, staff and students. She pointed out the development challenges of the region and what could be done to develop and realize the vision of the Filipinos.

There will be four (4) medium-term development plans that will be implemented from 2017 to 2040. The achievement of the 2017-2022 development goals, through the current PDP and RDP, will bring the Filipino nearer to the realization of AmBisyon Natin 2040 – Maginhawa, Matatag at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat.

President Alcala and Dr. Gariando awarded a plaque of appreciation to NEDA VIII, which was received by RD Uy and Chief Colas.

Article and Photo by: Karen M. Reduban, DRD, NEDA VIII