Most Filipinos do not
aspire to be filthy rich
TAGBILARAN CITY, June 24, (PIA)--No, your guess is wrong.
A survey conducted by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) which would form the framework of a Philippine vision for 2040 revealed a rather sober dream for Filipinos: a greater majority do not want to get filthy rich, as most would probably guess.
To be able to paint a picture of the Philippines in 2040, NEDA launched 42 focused group discussions, put up national surveys with over 10,000 respondents, fora and advisory council engagements, to set a life goal and collective goals for the country, according to NEDA 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon recently.
The ultimate goal is to put up a perspective of the Philippines 20 years from now, Carreon explained by presenting AmBisyon Natin 2040 during the recent Dialog for progress held in Cebu.
AmBisyon Natin 2040, Carreon said represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years.
It describes the kind of life that people want to live, and how the country will be by 2040, As such, it is an anchor for development planning across at least four administrations, Carreon who has been in at least two of the last 4 administrations said.
And despite the widespread belief that people in the Philippines would have opted for dreaming of a life of the rich and the affluent, the surveys showed 79.2% of Filipinos dreaming of just simple and comfortable life, Carreon revealed.
The survey also showed Filipinos to at least be schooled and get decent jobs, own a medium sized home, have enough money for day to day needs and contingencies, own at least one car, own a small business, be able to relax with family and friends and take occasional trips around the country.
Across regions, 5.1% of those in Luzon want a life of the rich with only 2.8 % of people wanting such in Mindanao and 2.0% of those from the Visayas.
In the Visayas, the survey showed that 27.7% want an affluent and prosperous life, bigger than in Luzon with 14.5% and in Mindanao with 13.8%.
As Filipinos desire a stable and regular source of income and insurance, a great majority, according to the NEDA survey, want to be entrepreneurs.
As to desired occupation, 47% of Filipinos want to be employers in a family operated farm or business, 22% want to be self employed without any employee while only a good 20% want to work for a private establishment, Carreon said.
Meanwhile, for those who have not finished college yet, when asked about their most preferred field of study, 16.5 opted for education, science and teacher training, 13.3% for business administration and related fields, 11.6% information technology related fields, and 10.5 for tourism and hospitality fields.
If by 2040, on the assumption that the earnings are the same, a good 69% are more inclined to work in the Philippines than abroad, while 88% believe it would be good for the country if the Filipinos stay in the Philippines than work abroad.
Location preferences for work and home indicate that Filipinos generally want to work where family is within reach, the survey said, according to RD Carreon. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
NEDA 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon presented the Filipinos vision for the country in 2040, one it extracted from focused group discussions, surveys and engagements. The vision showed that Filipinos would rather live simple and comfortable lives than be filthy rich. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)