Regional information critical for inclusive growth

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said that there is a need for more improved measurement of citizen’s participation in governance, as well as capital inputs in assessing the inclusiveness of Philippine economic growth.

On the sidelines of the First User-Producer Dialogue for Inclusive Growth in the Philippines held at Intramuros, Manila, NEDA’s National Planning and Policy Staff Director Rosemarie Edillon said that determining accurate data on participation in governance is important as it involves the promotion of transparency and accountability in government.

“Inclusive growth, as implemented in the Philippines, is both a process and an outcome. The process is about participation in governance and in the growth process itself. Inclusiveness in outcomes is about the benefits of growth being shared by all,” she added.

Edillon also affirmed that there is lack of data from regular surveys that inform the government of the extent of citizen’s participation in governance.

The NEDA official also explained that to improve the relevance of public policies, programs and budgets, effective policy-making and planning for inclusive growth needs disaggregated data on inputs, outputs and outcomes.

“Participation in the growth process means that citizens, especially those from the marginalized sectors, are mobilized in output production either as sources of labor, capital, raw materials or as final consumers of goods or services,” she added.

Furthermore, Edillon stated that data on access to these services should be gathered at least in the provincial level, since inclusive growth is also about ensuring that all households enjoy certain basic goods and services, and the delivery of most public goods and services have been devolved to local governments.

While she mentioned that regional-level data may have issues of significance, because there are no regional governments that could be held accountable (except for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), Edillon also stressed that available regional data still have more relevance than national-level data in terms of measuring inclusive growth.

Disaggrated data needed
The NEDA chief continued that ascertaining inclusive growth requires disaggregated data, not averages nor totals, and this means that the gross regional domestic product and expenditures are the more useful statistics.

“However, these data are produced with very considerable time lag, which therefore greatly reduces their relevance. The government is doing its best to improve local-level statistics in terms of their regularity, timeliness, and sampling design,” she added.

In terms of citizen’s participation in governance, Edillon cited as an example the collaboration among national agencies, such as the departments of Budget and Management, Interior and Local Governance and Social Welfare and Development and the National Anti-Poverty Commission, as well as the local and national civil society organizations, in exercising bottom-up budgeting in the early part of 2012.

“We have already adopted a paradigm shift with respect to our development strategies. This being the case, the statistical system should respond by providing timely and relevant statistics. It is good to see that there are already efforts that intend to do just that,” she added.


Refer http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/business/top-business-news/37073-regional-information-critical-for-inclusive-growth

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