Filipino youth leaders to take part in first-ever online ‘Sulong Pilipinas’ gov’t consultative workshop

The Department of Finance (DOF) and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will host a delegation of youth stakeholders and emerging leaders for the first online ‘Sulong Pilipinas: Youth Partners for Progress’ on Thursday, May 14.

This online consultative workshop aims to gather inputs from more than 400 youth participants from 30 nationwide organizations on how the government and its citizens can work together to restart the economy and strengthen its resilience once the country contains the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and gradually transitions to a post-quarantine environment.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will convene the Sulong consultative workshop and will deliver the welcome remarks at the event, which will be livestreamed on the Facebook pages of the DOF and NEDA starting at 2PM.

NEDA Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua will provide a situationer on the economy and present the Economic Recovery Program of the Philippines – making this Thursday’s participants among the first to learn about the economic managers’ proposal to recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino II said that as in the previous Sulong workshops, the top 10 actionable recommendations from the workshop participants will be presented to the government after the virtual discussions.

The Sulong workshop in e-conference format will be held via the web conference tool Zoom.

“This conference will serve as an opportunity for citizens to share their actionable recommendations with each other and with the government on what the country needs to do to forge an economy that is adaptive and responsive to present and future circumstances,” said Lambino, who is DOF spokesman and a prime mover of Sulong since its inception in 2016.

This collaboration between DOF and NEDA with youth stakeholders is expected to generate new insights on the steps that government can take to better understand its constituents and make inclusive and transformative policy decisions.

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