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Ambitious Vision to End Poverty in the Philippines by 2040

Article | 16 November 2016

The Philippine Government has adopted a 25-year long-term vision as a guide for development planning. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) supported the visioning exercise, which aims to ensure a prosperous Philippines where no one is poor by 2040.

The Government of the Philippines has adopted a 25-year long term vision to end poverty in the country by 2040. The Ambisyon Natin 2040 (Our Ambition 2040) vision states that by 2040 the Philippines will be a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor. President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order on 11 October 2016 adopting the 25-year long-term vision for the country.

All future Philippine development plans to be crafted and implemented  until 2040 will be anchored on Ambisyon Natin 2040. This will ensure the sustainability and consistency of government strategies, policies, programs and projects across political administrations.

Supporting an ambitious plan

"All future Philippine development plans to be crafted and implemented  until 2040 will be anchored on Ambisyon Natin 2040."

Ambisyon Natin 2040, which reflects the long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country, was supported by ADB through technical assistance to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). ADB supported the formulation of thematic and technical papers covering topics such as education, health, environment, governance, infrastructure, and energy. These papers helped set the framework, goals and milestones each administration should work for to realize the long-term vision.

Government agencies, representatives of academe and private sector were brought together to brainstorm for Ambisyon Natin. In 2016, ADB supported a technical assembly for NEDA officials across the country, a youth forum, and a high-level roundtable discussion on linking the long-term vision to the country’s development plans.

Comfortable and simple life for all

A national survey conducted by NEDA as part of the visioning exercise showed that 79 percent of Filipinos want a ‘comfortable and simple life’ by 2040. It also revealed that the most important economic goal is the eradication of poverty and hunger, and creating adequate jobs for all. In the survey, Filipinos also defined a comfortable life as owning a car and medium-sized house, enough money and savings to send their children to school, and affording leisure like travel once in a while – basically a middle-class lifestyle. The survey also revealed the strong desire of Filipinos to work in their home country rather than overseas, and the importance of family togetherness in their futures.

At present, a series of communication and advocacy activities are being conducted, involving local governments and sectors like academe, civil society and private institutions to establish ground and gather support and commitment.