Here I take development to mean simply as a continuous process of improving the quality of peoples’ lives. Development is what we do to live a longer and healthier life, enjoy greater freedom of choices through education, access to justice, to rights and entitlements due every citizen, and to make optimum contribution to the common good. Development also means finding solutions to the outstanding issues of poverty and inequity, governance and people’s participation, and sustainability of the process itself with respect to its environmental impact.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines