Civil Society Assessment of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2011-2016
The Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 outlines the Aquino administration’s framework for inclusive growth— which it describes as one that is sustainable and has a real impact on people experiencing poverty and injustice in their daily lives. It asserts that good governance is the key to accomplishing programs and projects that will genuinely change the lives of the people for the better.
This plan aspires to empower the poor to make decisions for themselves so they can rise above the dire situations they are in. It aims to institute reforms that will minimize the opportunities for public officials to commit corrupt acts. It endeavors to strengthen our economy, boost our competitiveness, build stronger and more resilient infrastructure, protect our biodiversity, speed up the process of providing basic services, and continue to work for peace and development in conflict-affected areas.
How has the government fared in these aspirations? In general, the eight thematic assessments by CSOs show that the government has performed well in good governance and in health, and had a mixed record in health, environmental protection and climate change adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), peace building, agriculture and fisheries and housing. The Administration fared badly in agrarian reform, and especially in ancestral domain.
The failure of the Aquino Administration particularly in pushing for asset reform (including agrarian and fishery reform, ancestral domain and socialized housing) and the over-all poor performance of the country in reducing poverty and inequality despite impressive economic growth in the past decade is alarming. This should be the main challenge for the next Administration and its Philippine Development Plan for 2016-22.