The National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office 1 (NEDA RO1), as the Regional Development Council-1 (RDC-1) Secretariat, consulted with various sectors in the region from 31 August to 15 September. Dubbed as Small Group Visioning Workshop (SGVW), the consultations are part of the preparatory activities for the crafting of the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2023-2028. These activities are done to ensure that the RDP planning and implementation are people-centered.

The local planners, migrant workers, professional and labor organizations, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), transport operators and drivers, persons with disabilities (PWDs), farmers and fisherfolks, youth, and private sector representatives (PSRs) of the RDC-1 were consulted through the SGVW. The Indigenous Peoples (IP) group will also be consulted by the middle of October. Efforts were made to ensure that all of the region’s provinces are included. Mainstreaming gender concerns in the development meant that women are present in all the SGVWs.

The flow of the half-day visioning workshops was the same for all nine sectors whether held face-to-face or online. The first part, Ambisyoso Lang, was designed to know how far or how near participants are from the Ambisyon 2040, the country’s long-term vision. The second part, Draw-me-Ambisyon, was designed to capture the participants’ thoughts translated into images of their desired vision for themselves, the region, and for the country, in the next 3 to 6 years. The third part, Ambisyon Lalim, was designed to hear from the participants how their sector could contribute to the attainment of the long-term vision in the region and the country, together with open and frank discussions on issues and challenges they face including matters that they would like the government to address.

The data resulting from the SGVWs will serve as inputs to RDP 2023-2028 and the Regional Development Investment Program. This RDP is the strategic roadmap of programs, projects, and activities in the region for the next 6 years guided by the Vision that will be crafted based on the consultations. Further, SGVW results will be presented to government agencies for them to act on matters within their mandate in support of the RDP. Complementing the SGVW is the Pulso ng Rehiyon Uno which is the online self-administered visioning exercise version of SGVW.

The success of the SGVW was made possible with the help of the NEDA RO1 partner agencies as convenors such as Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).