Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Localization
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are part of the Millennium Declaration signed by member-countries of the United Nations in September 2000.The goals and targets require member member-states to reduce extreme poverty and eradicate the worst forms of human degradation by 2015. Specifically, the eight goals are as follows:
- Eradi9cate extreme poverty and hunger;
- Achieve universal primary education;
- Promote gender equality and empower women;
- Reduce child mortality;
- Improve maternal health;
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
- Ensure environmental sustainability; and
- Develop a global partnership for development.
In order for the goals to be achieved in 2015, the country’s Medium Term Philippine Development Plan was crafted around the MDG’s. Local government units are expected to integrate these goals in their basic plans and budgets.
The DILG is tasked to spearhead the localization process at the LGU level. This is done through advocacy activities, and technical assistance. Technical assistance involves helping the LGU come up with the following;
- Designation of Local Poverty Reduction Action Officer (LPRAO);
- Organization of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams;
- Formulation of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan/Agenda;
- Support for the Institutionalization of a local monitoring system for poverty diagnosis and planning and tracking down resources for poverty projects; and
- Institutionalization of the MDG Monitoring & Evaluation Forms.
Role of DILG:
Conduct of orientation/workshop on programs/projects; provision of technical assistance; coaching/hands-on training; act as facilitators/resource speaker; referral to other agencies; and advocacy.