CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Northern Mindanao’s government planning focals gathered on 6 July 2022 at the Mallberry Suites, this city, to develop numerical targets and to identify local programs, projects, and activities in support of the country’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In her welcome message, Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III, Regional Committee on the Sustainable Development Goals Chairperson and NEDA-X Regional Director encouraged those in attendance to continue efforts towards the realization of the 17 SDGs and emphasized the importance of using granular data. “We have very finite resources, therefore, we must focus on the areas that need government intervention the most,” said the regional agency head.

Ms. Brenda Lynn M. Castro, Philippine Statistics Authority-X Supervising Statistical Specialist reported that based on 2020 SDG Watch estimates, Region X was on track in terms of ending poverty, while it was ahead in eradicating hunger, producing affordable and clean energy, reducing inequalities, ensuring sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and protection, peace, justice, and strong institutions, and partnership for the goals.

The planners in attendance take into account the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as, current geopolitical and climate crises in the assessment and targeting process.

The progress and planning workshop was organized by the NEDA Sub-Committee on SDGs (SC-SDG) Secretariat led by Mr. Michael Angelo U. Provido, Chief Economic Development Specialist and NEDA Regional Office X. It convened around 50 representatives from 33 regional line agencies.

At the national level, the SC-SDG ensures strong policy integration and alignment of resource allocation with country priorities on the SDGs. It partners with regional offices to conduct workshops cum field missions focused on SDG localization.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. It lays out the 17 SDGs, an urgent call for action to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality, promote economic growth, mitigate climate change, and preserve our environment.

Representatives from regional line agencies in attendance to the one-day SDG Regional Progress and Planning Workshop
Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III welcomes partners from the central and regional offices