The Millennium Development
Goals as election issues

Are we on track with the MDGs?

The Philippines is still off-track in more than 40 percent of the 21 indicators of the MDGs, according to a tripartite report made by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

RP must spend on poor
to bag GDP, MDG goals

The Philippines should channel its fiscal stimulus package to social spending to achieve economic growth of as much as 12 percent in the coming years, while speeding up progress in meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDG), a joint study released by three multilateral agencies on Wednesday said.

Allocating a big chunk of its package to social protection — measures that provide a social floor that can cushion the impact of the crisis on the poor — could also lead to a greater short-term economic boost, the report titled “Achieving Millennium Development Goals in an Era of Global Uncertainty” said.

4 Bicol provinces in ‘10 worst in governance’ list
And yet their governors get re-elected

LEGAZPI CITY — The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the government arm that measures economic, administrative and demographical perform-ances, has listed four provinces in Bicol as among the 10 worst in governance in 2005.

The NSCB’s 2005 survey, conducted in collaboration with the Human Development Network, measured the good governance index (GGI) of 79 provinces all over the country which includes aspects of economic, political and administrative governance.

Plataporma ng mga kandidato sa Millennium
Development Goals, dapat usisain ng publiko

Virac, Catanduanes – Dapat umanong busisiin hindi lamang ng mga kagawad ng media kundi lalo na ng mga botante ang komprehensibong plataporma ng mga kumakandidato upang matugunan ang pandaigdigang adhikain na nakapaloob sa Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Ito ang isiniwalat ng mga tagapagsalita sa idinaos na pagtitipon ng mga mamamahayag sa Bicol Region noong Enero 14 – 17 sa Hotel Venezia, Legazpi City na pinangunahan ng Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) sa pamumuno ni PCIJ Co-Founder at Executive Director Ms. Malou Mangahas.

Maribojoc hosts SUTA
Bohol MDG campaign

Tagbilaran City (13 October) — At least a thousand people and at least a hundred more cultural workers would take the pledge this Friday October 16, as Maribojoc hosts this year’s cultural campaign, Stand Up and Take Action (SUTA) against poverty in line with the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.

NEDA assures RP to achieve
MDG goals despite global crisis

MANILA, June 27 (PNA) — Despite the global crisis, the country’s pursuit in achieving the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goal (MDG) will not be sidetracked, said National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) deputy director general Rolando G. Tungpalan.

“Let me underscore that despite the global economic crisis, the Philippine government’s resolve to achieve the MDGs would not be sidetracked,” Tungpalan said during the launching of the MDG-Fund (MDG-F) Joint Programme on Youth, Employment and Migration “Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth”.

RP lags in 4 UN millennium goals

Nine years after the Philippines committed along with 188 other nations to work for the realization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by 2015, Mr. Minar Pimple, the UN Millennium Campaign Deputy Director for Asia, admits that the country still lags behind in four of the eight specific goals: reducing extreme poverty and hunger by half, achieving universal primary education, improved maternal health and combating HIV-AIDS and other diseases.

Making sure Mama makes it

VALLEHERMOSO, CARMEN, BOHOL — Had she been in the same situation eight years ago, Jesusa Panes would have probably just given birth at home, even without her husband in sight, and even if her neighbor the hilot (traditional birthing attendant) happened to be drunk. But things have not been the same for expectant mothers in this town since 2002, and so when the child in her belly starting demanding to be let out, Panes began trudging toward the birthing center that was several minutes away by foot from her home.