ROMULO: ACHIEVING MILLENNIUM GOALS 'AN UPHILL BATTLE'
MANILA, OCTOBER 21, 2010 (BULLETIN) By ROY C. MABASA — Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the next five years will be an uphill fight, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo.
Speaking before the MDGs Congress in Makati City on Monday, Romulo said the increase in the number of the poor even though the country avoided falling into a recession during the global crisis “should be a cause for serious concern.”
“This sad reality has pushed this administration to correct this inequity as a matter of national priority, and which has consequently brought all of us together today,” Romulo told congress participants composed of major policy makers and stakeholders in the field of Philippine development policy.
The MDGs represent the eight global development targets set by world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000 that all developing countries should achieve by the 2015.
These eight time-bound and measurable targets include (1) eradicating extreme hunger and poverty; (2) achieving universal primary education; (3) promoting gender equality and empower women; (4) reducing child mortality; (5) improving maternal health; (6) combating HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases; (7) ensuring environmental sustainability; and (8) developing a global partnership for development.
The Philippines is considered on track in achieving the MDG targets 3 and 4. In particular, the breakthrough plans will aim at enhancing implementation of actions on MDGs 1, 2 and 5, as well as 6 and 7, where the Philippines is experiencing greater challenges.
At the sidelines of the MDG Congress held in Makati City, Romulo said the thrust of the current administration is in the right direction, “putting more resources to education, health and particularly the conditional cash transfer in our national expenditure program.”
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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