NEDA Region IV-A led by Dir. Luis G. Banua conducted Economic and Financial Literacy Forum 2019 on November 14, 2019 at Laguna State Polytechnic University, Sta. Cruz, Campus, Sta. Cruz, Laguna in connection with the celebration of this year’s Economic and Financial Literacy Week. The forum, with the theme, Our planet’s health, the future’s wealth, was hosted by LSPU as earlier stated. The honored host, Dr. Mario R. Briones, welcomed the NEDA officials with other distinguished guests and LSPU faculty and student participants.
The participants were informed about Ambisyon Natin 2040, the CALABARZON Regional Development Plan 2017-2022, Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework and Action Plan, Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework and Action Plan by NEDA Region IV-A, Dir. Luis G. Banua, NEDA Region IV-A ARD Gina T. Gacusan, and Ms. Saskia Odiver of BSP-Lucena. The talks and lectures ended with the participants raising inquiries, browsing and skimming IEC materials on economic and financial literacy, sharing of apropos insights, and awarding of certificates to the speakers and host University.
The said Forum satisfied Section 3 of Republic Act No. 1092, an act declaring the second week of November as Economic and Financial Literacy Week which mandates the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to spearhead and ensure the observance of the Economic and Financial Literacy Week. Relatively, Section 4 states that all DepED public and private elementary and secondary schools, CHED state and private colleges and universities, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) are mandated to conduct consciousness—raising and knowledge—expanding activities on economic and financial literacy to improve the economic and financial literacy of students and the youth in general (N. Dimaculangan).