The Special Regional Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals (SRC-SDGs) approved its CY 2022 work program during its second semestral meeting on November 26, 2021 via video conference. Building on the accomplishments of the committee in 2021, the activities in 2022 include the following: (a) review of FY 2023 agency budget proposals to ensure that more projects to attain the SDGs are included in the budget proposals, and higher budget allocations for these projects are endorsed to agency central offices, the DBM, and Congress; (b) establishment of an online regional SDG dashboard to track the progress of the region in attaining the SDGs, and to make it accessible to the public; (c) preparation of the SDG Annex in the CY 2021 Bicol Regional Development Report (RDR) to serve as the annual assessment of the region’s progress in attaining the SDGs, with inputs from both the government and private sectors; and (d) capability building of local government units (LGUs) to strengthen the localization of the SDGs.

NEDA Dir. Myrna Asuncion, Program Coordinator of the Sub-Committee on the SDGs Secretariat, presented updates on the 2022 Voluntary National Review (VNR), which will focus on SDGs 4, 5, 14, 15, and 17. Said updates were useful and timely for the City Government of Naga, which is undertaking a Voluntary Local Review (VLR) under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Wilfredo Prilles, the Naga City Planning and Development Coordinator, presented updates on the city’s VLR, and emphasized the need to align its focus goals with the 2022 VNR.

Training programs for farmers under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund were presented by Assistant Center Director Vivien Carable of the Agricultural Training Institute and Mr. Julian Macadamia of the Philippine Rice Research Institute. The training programs will support SDG 4 on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.

For CY 2022, capability building activities for LGUs to strengthen SDG localization will be on the Community Based Monitoring System, project identification and development, investment programming, results chain and preparation of results matrix. Said training programs will be reconciled with those that will be provided to LGUs under the implementation of the Mandanas ruling. Other training programs that were identified as a result of the training needs assessment of LGUs will be undertaken in the succeeding years.

Dir. Myrna Clara Asuncion, Program Coordinator of Sub-Committee on the SDGs Secretariat, presents updates on the Philippine Voluntary National Review during the 2nd semester meeting of SRC-SDGs last November 26, 2021.
Assistant Center Director Vivien Carable of the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) presents training programs for farmers under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund in support of SDG 4 on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.
The attendees of the 2nd semester meeting of SRC-SDGs last November 26, 2021.

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