About 136 staff members of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) attended the Basic Course in Economics For Non-Economists hosted by the NEDA Human Resource Development Division. The training was implemented in three rounds to accommodate technical and non-technical staff from various NEDA offices. The first round, participated by technical staff from NEDA’s central office, was held in Astoria Plaza, Ortigas, from July 21 to 27, 2002. Meanwhile, the second round, which was participated by technical staff from various NEDA regional offices, was held via Zoom from August 1 to 12, 2002. Lastly, the third round was participated by non-technical staff from NEDA’s central and regional offices held in a hybrid format from August 15 to 17, 2002.
“NEDA is the country’s premier socioeconomic planning body that provides high-level policy advice, develops consensus, and sets the agenda for inclusive development. That’s why it is expected that each NEDAns possess an understanding of the key economic principles, socioeconomic development processes, and socioeconomic issues. So through this course, I hope that the NEDA personnel who have no economics background will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core economics concepts, tools, and models, apply economic concepts and use that analysis to make informed judgments and decisions, and communicate economic knowledge, ideas, and analysis.” said OIC-Undersecretary Ma. Monica P. Pagunsan of the Corporate Affairs Group (CAG).
The training was composed of workshops and lectures delivered by Dr. Jefferson Arapoc, Assistant Professor at the UPLB Department of Economics, College of Economics and Management (CEM) of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB).