The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) stressed during a United Nations debate that the Philippines has started to implement its own Development Agenda to comply with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Our ministry for socioeconomic planning is leading the effort to institutionalize SDGs in the country’s development planning, investment programming and budgeting,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra said during the High Level Thematic Debate held at the UN Headquarters last week.
Sharing the country’s initiatives to energize the 2030 Agenda since its adoption in September 2015, Esguerra led the Philippine delegation composed of the Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre, and Dr. Lisa Grace Bersales, National Statistician and head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
Esguerra, who is also the NEDA director general, said subsequent efforts would also include mobilizing local governments and communities to help localize the SDGs and mainstream them into local plans and programs.
“Accordingly, we shall include SDGs in the Philippine Statistical Development Program to ensure that data collection to support the SDG indicators will receive funding from the regular budget, “ he said.
Esguerra added that multi-stakeholder consultations have been conducted to assess the proposed global indicators based on their importance, availability, and relevance to the country’s context.
Through the PSA, the Philippines expects to put in place a robust monitoring system to ensure systematic and timely gathering of data for the regular tracking of progress and accomplishments.
“Moving forward, the Philippines will formulate an SDG Implementation Roadmap to serve as an overall framework to guide government and other key stakeholders on the necessary actions, resources, responsibilities, and partnerships to ensure the success of SDG implementation,” Esguerra said.
“Gender equality, climate resiliency, and fiscal responsibility shall inform this roadmap,” he added.
He stressed that successful attainment of the SDGs is best ensured by the informed participation of all stakeholders in decision-making, implementation, and monitoring and review of progress.
“To this end, we will need to strengthen national capacities, especially those of local leaders and communities who will directly work towards the attainment of the SDGs,” Esguerra said.