The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) Special Regional Sub-Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals (RSC-SDG) conducted an orientation on the SDGs  last August 16.

In attendance were MIMAROPA RDC Special RSC-SDG Chairperson Agustin C. Mendoza who is also Regional Director (RD)  of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA, Special RSC-SDG Vice Chairperson Ricky L. Sanchez who is also RD of the Department of Budget and Management MIMAROPA, directors and representatives of national and regional line agencies, provincial, city, and municipal planners and staff, presidents, professors, and students of state universities and colleges (SUCs), and private sector representatives.

In his welcome remarks, RD  Mendoza emphasized the country’s and region’s commitment to make the 2030 Agenda a reality and to leave no one behind through the  integration of the SDGs in the strategic framework of the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022, foundation of Ambisyon Natin 2040, and creation of the sub-committee. He acknowledged the role of government line agencies, local government units (LGU), SUCs, stakeholders, and development partners in consolidating SDG data that are globally relevant, statistically adequate, timely, and of quality for planning and development activities. He remained hopeful, despite setbacks, that the participants will have new insights, active inspiration, and renewed commitment to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Meanwhile, RD Sanchez emphasized the importance, interconnectedness, and interrelationship of the goals in catalyzing development in a way that balances social, economic, and environmental sustainability. He remained optimistic that the MIMAROPA region can still achieve the SDGs until 2030. He added that the SDGs are ambitious efforts which require strong synergies between private and public sectors, domestic and international communities.  He enjoined the participants to continue dreaming and doing for a better MIMAROPA while ensuring the no one is left behind.  

Special RSC-SDG Secretary EnP. Sheryll B. Sarabia presented an overview of the 2030 Agenda, which highlighted the following: (a) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; (b) the 17 SDGs; (c) creation of sub-committee on the SDGs; (d) MIMAROPA SDG-related indicators; and (e) ways forward. 

Mendoza presented an assessment on the achievement of regional SDG targets, which highlighted the following: (a) SDG dashboard and trends; and b) ways forward.

The SDG dashboard and trends showed the general performance and trend of each target and indicator. The MIMAROPA region recorded the following: (a) four SDGs (Nos. 2, 7, 14, and 16) have been  achieved, are on track, or are maintaining SDG achievement; (b) challenges remain on six SDGs (Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9) and are moderately improving towards SDG achievement; (c) significant challenges remain on three SDGs (Nos. 5, 11, and 13), wherein SDG 5 has a stagnating trend, while SDGs 11 and 13 have moderately improving trends toward SDG achievement; (d) information are unavailable and trend information cannot be made on three SDGs (Nos. 10, 15, and 17); and (e) major challenges remain on SDG 12 and is off-track in achieving SDG target.

Ms. Ma. Leizl B. Magbojos of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) MIMAROPA presented updates on the Core Regional (CoRe) SDG Indicators and implementation of the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in the region and its use as a tool in SDG targeting and monitoring at the local level, which highlighted the following: (a) background and list of CoRe SDG indicators; (b) roles and responsibilities of agencies; (c) updates on CoRe SDG Watch MIMAROPA; (d) updates on the monitoring of the 2022 first-round SDG-watch; (e) overview on CBMS; (f) uses of CBMS data; (g) complementation of CBMS and SDG indicators; and (h) updates on the 2022 nationwide rollout of the CBMS.

Moreover, Ms. Lorely B. Absalon of the Palawan Provincial Planning and Development Office shared their best practices on SDG implementation, which includes the use of CBMS data in the following: (a) preparation of the province’s development plans and investment program, Power Development Plan, and Climate Resilience and Green Growth Framework; (b) identification of target areas and beneficiaries of projects such as Palawan’s Water Development Program and Solar Home System Project and Village Electrification Program; (c) one of the two pilot provinces of PSA’s Provincial Statistical System Development Project; and (d) impact assessment and progress monitoring of the province’s project, programs, and activities (PPAs), including SDGs. ​​​​​​​

In his closing remarks, MIMAROPA RDC Secretary and ARD Apollo Edwin S. Pagano of NRO MIMAROPA  emphasized the agency’s  role in the implementation of the RDP and Regional Development Investment Program for 2017-2022 and  its close coordination with concerned government agencies and other stakeholders regarding the advocacy of Ambisyon Natin 2040 and implementation of the 2030 Agenda. He thanked everyone for their continued support in the development initiatives of the MIMAROPA RDC, RDC Special RSC-SDG, and NEDA.