The Special Regional Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals (SRC-SDGs) held its organizational meeting on December 10 via videoconference. NEDA Regional Director Agnes Tolentino, SRC-SDGs Chairperson, emphasized that the major function of the committee is to identify and address gaps of current policies and programs needed to drive progress on the SDGs.
One of the pressing issues that surfaced during the meeting is the lack of data on the regional core indicators. To address this, the regional offices of NEDA and PSA will work on a regional SDG Watch matrix, map out sources of information, and identify mechanisms for the regular updating of data on the SDG indicators.
Serving as the regional counterpart of the technical working groups under the national Sub-Committee on the SDGs, the RDC sectoral committees will ensure that SDG-related programs activities, and projects (PAPs) are included in the FY 2022 budget proposals of regional line agencies and state universities and colleges.
In preparing the CY 2020 Regional Development Report, progress on the SDGs will be highlighted to provide insights for policymaking and other strategic interventions. Likewise, localization of the SDGs will be strengthened through capacity building of local government units and preparation of a manual on localizing the SDGs. All these activities are included in the work program for CY 2021 that was approved by the committee during the meeting.
The participants during the SRC-SDGs organizational meeting held on December 10 via videoconference.
Mr. Danilo V. Luceña, Chief Statistical Specialist of Philippine Statistics Authority Region 5 presented the Measures for Tracking Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the organizational meeting.