Philippines to meet most of MDG goals

Philppine Socio-economic Planning Sec. Cayetano Paderanga Jr. has expressed confidence that the Philippines has a high probability of meeting most of the targets set under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) including the reduction in the number of Filipinos below subsistence threshold.

“From 24.3 percent in 1991, the percentage of Filipinos living below subsistence threshold was reduced to 14.6 percent in 2006, which is near the 2015 target of 12.15 percent,” said Paderanga, quoting official data
from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

The Philippines’ Fourth Progress Report on the MDGs noted that if the total poverty incidence of the population is considered, which includes food and non-food necessities like clothing and shelter, the likelihood of achieving the 2015 target of 22.65 percent is medium, the report said.

In 2006, the percentage of Filipinos under the poverty threshold was at 32.9 percent.

Paderanga said the country also has high probabilities of meeting the targets on reducing child mortality, promoting gender equality and empowerment of women,
particularly on eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education, reversing the incidence of malaria and tuberculosis, and providing access to sanitary toilet facilities.

However, Paderanga noted that the Philippines continue to lag in several targets, specifically in achieving universal primary education, improving maternal health and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDs.

The MDGs will be a priority of the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2010-2016.

Paderanga said that NEDA which coordinates the crafting of the MTPDP, would ensure the disaggregation of plans and targets up to the regional level. This is to determine where to intensify efforts to achieve the MDGs, he added.

The last MDG progress report in the Philippines was released in 2007, while the first two reports were published in 2003 and 2005.

The report also contains recommended strategies for attaining the MDGs for the next five years, in terms of financing, monitoring, localization, and advocacy.

The MDGs are a set of specific and time-bound development goals committed by the governments to be achieved by 2015, with 1990 data as baseline.

The eight MDGs include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, women empowerment, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating diseases,
ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing global partnership for development.