Philippine Government Policies on the 8MDGs
A pledge the Philippines made along with 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have come a long way in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The MDGs have been adopted not just as top priority goals but as commitments to ensure a brighter prospect for all Filipinos, especially the poor. We have witnessed since the establishment of the MDG in 2000 the national and local governments, academe, private sector and the international development community is committed in working together towards the attainment of MDGs. The Philippine Government affirms its commitment to policy and institutional changes aimed at pro-poor sustained economic growth.
MDGs have been integrated into the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP), thus allowing government strategies, policies, and action plans to simultaneously address MDG targets. Second, the government has closely monitored its own rate of progress with MDG indicators, and has used this information to fine-tune planning and implementation processes, particularly at the local level.
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
The biodiversity of the Philippines is highly eminent as it consists of 7,107 islands. Yet there are wide disparities in income and quality of life across regions and sectors. Poverty in the Philippines is a rural phenomenon. 75% of all poor families in the Philippines live in rural areas mainly dependent on ENR for their subsistence. Extreme poverty refers to the proportion of population or families living below the subsistence or food threshold. Environmental degradation in the Philippines has been contributing to a vast damaging result unmindful to its poor dependants. “the degraded state of the country’s environment and natural resources is felt most intensely by the poor, especially the rural communities given that they depend on these resources for their primary source of living. On the other hand, poverty frequently aggravates environmental stress as the marginalized population presses upon limited resources, such as unregulated activities and upland cultivation. ” - PDP 2010-2016 assessment of the State of the Environment and Natural Resources
Philippine Poverty Environment Initiative (PPEI)
The Philippines PEI (PPEI) Project is UNDP – supported projects which support the Philippine Government, civil society and the business sector to utilize revenues and benefits from sustainable environment and natural resources (ENR) management for poverty reduction. The project focuses on three areas: 1. identifying opportunities and mechanisms for improved environment and natural resource revenues and benefits for poverty reduction and environmental sustainability; 2. enhancing LGU capacities to improve benefit sharing from sustainable natural resource and environment management for poverty reduction; and 3. establish enabling conditions at national level to promote the identified opportunities for sustainable natural resource and environment management for poverty reduction The Poverty-Environment Initiative is a global UN-led Programme working in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Europe that supports country efforts to achieve a greener and more inclusive development path. In Asia and the Pacific programs are under way in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Lao PDR and the Philippines. The implementing partners of the project here in the Philippines who has signed a Memorandum of Agreement last October 2011 during Biyaheng Pinoy, the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Local Government Code are the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). The agreement made DILG as the lead...
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