Fast Facts: The Millennium Development Goals in the Philippines
Arising from the historic adoption of the Millennium Declaration by 189 countries in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) give voice to the global aspiration to eradicate extreme poverty. The MDGs are eight concrete and interconnected goals, with a corresponding set of measurable targets and indicators. This development framework represents a remarkable global partnership between poor countries that pledge to govern better and invest in human development and rich countries that promise to support them.
In the Philippines, the MDGs have been tightly integrated into national development plans by the Government, and utilized to monitor their implementation. The MDGs have also been broadly adopted by all relevant development organizations, from local government units (LGUs) to civil society organizations (CSOs.) They serve as a common foundation for development, resulting in better alignment of interventions and coordination, allocation, and use of resources.
Yet, despite strong institutional support, overall progress on the MDGs is not encouraging. Interventions for poverty, education, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and the environment need to be accelerated, while addressing the glaring disparities in rates of progress across regions. It is clear that if success is to be achieved, efforts need to be redoubled; current initiatives in all areas must be scaled-up, greater resources must be mobilized while more efficiently utilizing existing resources, and stronger advocacy and capacity must be developed, especially at the local level.