Midway through the term of the Duterte Administration, the national government (NG) has remained focused on pursuing the twin pillars of development—infrastructure and human capital formation. Better infrastructure condition is key to sustaining the country's economic growth as it strengthens production-market linkages, reduces production cost, and improves the overall business climate. NG also gives (perhaps even higher) priority to strengthening human resource development and to enhancing social services. It is important that as the economy grows, human resources are developed not only to match the labor demands of new and expanding businesses but that a healthy and well-educated populace is an asset created to secure present gains.
Based on the Budget Priorities Framework for 2020, the thrust is to disperse growth outside Metro Manila through the network approach. This essentially requires NG to "employ a crosscutting strategy that develops better inter-regional, inter-provincial and inter-island connectivity, and supports other productive sectors of the economy." The budget is an important policy instrument that can concretize development plans by redirecting funds to areas and programs/projects that can facilitate the creation of new growth centers beyond the neighboring regions of the National Capital. >>read complete document