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BRIEF May 10, 2019

The Philippines Engagement Plan



The main objective of the engagements for the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) is to identify key development issues, challenges and prioritize critical interventions to accelerate progress in ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable way.


Consultation meetings will be conducted with a wide range of stakeholders, including:

  • Government agencies: National and Local government agencies in Manila and four regions, including economic agencies, line agencies, policymaking bodies, and other commissions.
  • Development partners: Multilateral and bilateral development partners working in various sectors
  • Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): International non-profit organizations and local non-profit associations, private foundations, labor groups, think tanks, academia and policy research groups
  • Private sector: Representatives from the business sector, including Chambers of Commerce, small and medium enterprises, and business groups


The World Bank team will visit four regions representing Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and NCR.

  • Manila
  • Cebu
  • Davao
  • Naga
  • Cotabato City


The process will include both face-to-face meetings as well as an online/social media platform to enable participation by a wide range of stakeholders.

The structure of face-to-face meetings will allow plenary presentations and discussions and, if needed, small group discussions, and reporting with a neutral facilitator.  

Online engagement will be used to complement the face-to-face meetings and to engage Philippine active social media users. An online survey form and online discussion space, in Filipino and English language will be available to people interested in participating who may not be invited.


Meeting summaries will be sent to participants who provide email addresses, and will be posted on the Philippines SCD Consultation page. This summary will also be part of the SCD as an Annex.