By Filane Mikee Cervantes

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (center) (Courtesy of OPS)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday approved the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028 which aims to bolster deep economic and social transformation in order to reinvigorate job creation and accelerate poverty reduction.

 “I’m happy to announce that today, at the NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) board meeting, we approved the Philippine Development Plan for 2023 to 2028 and this sets out the framework of the development plan for the Philippines and we have included all of the priority areas,” President Marcos said in his message.

Marcos called on government agencies to employ a whole-of-nation approach in the implementation of the PDP 2023-2028 and steer toward the “same direction.”

“This will facilitate the coordination and the alignment of all departments and all agencies in government to a single plan so that we are all working in the same direction,” he said.

NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan said addressing inflation and the constraints to rapid economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction in the new normal requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach, adding that the development blueprint would provide a way toward “inclusive” growth.

“The PDP offers an inclusive way forward, identifying the program priorities, strategies, and targets, as well as enabling policies and governance mechanisms, toward a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay (stable, convenient and peaceful life) for all Filipinos,” Balisacan said. (PNA)