MDGs subnational reports launched

24 Mar 2014

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Ten (10) subnational status reports on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were launched during the 10th Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network-Philippines National Conference held 24-26 March 2014. The reports highlighted the importance of monitoring subnational MDGs progress in the effort to localize the MDGs.

Speaking before about 400 participants, UNDP Country Director Maurice Dewulf said that the subnational MDGs reports are ‘a testament to the relevance of the MDGs in this era where growing inequalities, climate change, natural disasters and conflict have taken the forefront as the main obstacles to the achievement of the MDGs’.  He added that ‘the great power of the MDGs was in their global agenda setting and their capacity to unite diverse actors around a common cause’ and that ‘rather than remaining mere rhetoric these must be translated into action at the national and local levels and make a difference for people’.

Mr. Dewulf stressed that in spite of obstacles, the MDGs can still be feasible and that local ownership of the MDGs will go a long way in demonstrating that the MDGs can be achieved.

Local chief executives from various local government units in the Philippines and representatives of national government agencies, nongovernment organizations and development partner agencies attended the conference.

UNDP supported the preparation of the subnational MDG reports in partnership with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Dept. of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the CBMS Network-Philippines.  The reports use CBMS data that enable LGUs to identify evidence-based interventions that address the achievement of each of the MDGs.

This set is the second in a series of provincial and city MDGs status reports that covers Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Sur, and the cities of Pasay, Puerto Princesa, and Tabaco.

The first set of 10 MDGs provincial reports covered Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Batangas, Biliran, Camarines Norte, Eastern Samar, Marinduque, Romblon, Sarangani and Siquijor.

CBMS is an organized way of collecting information at the local level for use of local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations and civil society. It provides better local statistics or benchmark information for evidence-based policymaking.

The CBMS has several features: (1) it is LGU-based; (2) taps existing LGU personnel as monitors; and (3) has a core set of indicators. Being LGU-Based, the CBMS adopts the concept of mobilizing and developing the capability of communities for data generation and utilization.

This year’s CBMS national conference tackled the uses of the CBMS methodology for bottom-up budgeting, disaster risk reduction and management, local governance, vulnerability mapping, program design and targeting, and impact monitoring among others. The theme of the conference was ‘building safe, resilient and proactive communities’.