Sustainable Development Goals push affirmed

THE Philippines reaffirmed its staunch commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) even as it announced a 21 percent decrease in poverty incidence among Filipinos in the first half of 2018.

During the plenary session of the 75th Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on May 27  in Bangkok, Thailand, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia delivered the country statement reaffirming the Philippines’ staunch commitment to achieving the SDGs.

He also highlighted some of the country’s efforts such as the Conditional Cash Transfer program (Goal 4: Quality Education); the recently passed Expanded Maternity Leave Act, and the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law (Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth); and the passage of the Green Jobs Act and the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business Act, the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology, OneStop Lab, and One Expert programs (Goal 10: Reducing inequalities).

Pernia further announced the Philippines experienced decline in poverty incidence among Filipinos, which decreased to 21 percent in the first half of 2018 from 27.6 percent in the first half of 2015.

The Philippine delegation to the Session was composed of representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Finance, Department of Science and Technology, the National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Statistics Authority, Committee on Population and Development, Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization and the Philippine Embassy in Bangkok.

UNESCAP is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 Member States and nine Associate Members, with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population.