Five former NEDA secretaries feted in an anniversary dinner

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Five former secretaries of the National Economic and Development Authority were honored in the 45th anniversary dinner of the agency for their contributions to the country’s economic landscape.

 

These were Cesar EA Virata, Solita “Winnie” Monsod, Cielito Habito, Felipe Medalla and Romulo Neri.

 

The Monday dinner dubbed as “Secretaries’ Night” was part of the activities lined up for NEDA’s 45th founding anniversary that culminated with a day-long event last January 24.

 

A five-minute video paying tribute to the achievements and accomplishments of 15 former NEDA secretaries since 1973 was shown during the dinner held at the Executive Lounge.

 

 “You are coming to your hearth and home of bygone years. Now, you see new faces, the rehabilitation of this building, and some changes we have instituted,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia in his opening remarks.

 

NEDA, the country’s premier social and economic development planning and policy coordinating body,was created in 1973 when the Constitution was ratified and promulgated. Its founding, however, dated back to 1935 when the Commonwealth government created the National Economic Council, which was tasked to advise the government on economic and financial matters.

 

“This year, you will witness so many flagship projects breaking ground. A year and half was spent for project processing and approval, so most of these projects are ready for implementation this year,” Pernia told the former officials, noting how the streamlined membership of the Investment Coordination Committee and the NEDA Board have accelerated the processing and approval of projects.

 

NEDA’s anniversary celebration included a photo contest, a trade fair, an exhibit of photos and past development plans, among others. #

 

 

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