Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua talked about the importance of competence and compassion in development work during his official visit to NEDA Regional Office (NRO) 3 in San Fernando City, Pampanga, on 25 January 2022.

During his meeting with the staff, Secretary Chua said that the NEDA profile already shows the competence of the staff to handle technical work. However, it is equally important to show compassion by objectively assessing all costs and benefits to be able to propose policies that benefit the majority.

When asked about his expectation from the NROs, Secretary Chua emphasized that the regional offices play a crucial role in ensuring that national and regional plans translate to results on the ground. According to Chua, one way to do this is by reaching out to the local planners.

“Especially as we move towards more devolution, NROs need to make sure that the plans are being implemented locally,” Chua said.

Secretary Chua also encouraged everyone to work towards achieving equitable regional development, smarter infrastructure, innovative programs and projects, and climate change resilience. He highlighted the significance of climate change in Central Luzon, which is prone to floods that cause catastrophic damage to the region’s crops and produce.

To close, Chua expressed his appreciation to all NROs for leading recovery efforts in their respective regions and for fulfilling their duties during the pandemic. He challenged NEDAns to benchmark with world-class planning agencies and to always “do more” and strive for personal and institutional improvement.

“It is really one of our most important mandates to objectively gather different interests and assess these against the global and domestic challenges, so we can objectively propose the best policies that will safeguard the future of our children and grandchildren. I hope NEDA will continue to do more for the institution and the country,” Chua said.

(Emmanuel B. Purzuelo, NEDA 3-DRD)