The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) Special Regional Sub-Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) conducted its organizational meeting on December 9, virtually through Zoom.

MIMAROPA RDC Special Regional Sub-Committee on the SDGs Chairperson and NEDA MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling presided over the meeting which was attended by directors and representatives of regional line agencies (RLAs), government-owned and/or controlled organizations (GOCCs), provincial planning and development offices, and private sector representatives.

In her opening message, Sumbeling welcomed and oriented the participants on the creation of the RDC Special Regional Sub-Committee on the SDGs and its technical working groups (TWGs).

She further discussed the Terms of Reference of the RDC Special Regional Sub-Committee on the SDGs and emphasized its functions to coordinate the implementation of SDG programs in the region and ensure attainment of the SDG targets indicated in the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update. In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution laying down the 17 SDGs which aim to end poverty, protect our planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Policy Formulation and Planning Division Sheryll B. Sarabia of the NEDA MIMAROPA  presented the SDG related indicators included in the RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update Revalidated Matrix (RM) that was revalidated to update the 2019-2022 targets based on updated information and lessons learned during the first half of the Plan’s implementation, while taking into consideration the following: (a) Sustainable Development Goal indicators (SDGs); (b) SDGis with provincial disaggregation; and (c) Core Regional Indicators (CoRe Is). Performance of these indicators is included in the Regional Development Report, the annual assessment of the implementation of the RDP.

Mr. Whalee F. Ferrera of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in  MIMAROPA presented the monitoring activities relative to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and SDG localization from 2016 to 2019. For 2020, the DILG MIMAROPA focused its efforts on the updating of Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs) and Local Development Investment Programs (LDIPs) to align provincial geographic commitments and transform local development plans into risk-informed plans.

The members were also briefed on the result of the CoRe SDG Watch presented by Ms. Leizl L. Magbojos of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in  MIMAROPA. The SDG Watch is compiled by the PSA, the official repository of SDG indicators in the Philippines per PSA Board Resolution No. 09, s. 2017, and includes 72 indicators and 14 goals. The CoRe SDG Watch MIMAROPA and SDG Watch Philippines can be viewed at rssomimaropa.psa.gov.ph and psa.gov.ph, respectively.

In closing, NEDA MIMAROPA OIC-Assistant RD  Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. thanked the participants for their active participation and hoped for the activation of TWGs during the succeeding meetings to ensure attainment of the 17 SDG goals and targets.