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UN commends RP's anti-poverty thrust

Manila (10 October) -- The United Nations (UN) has commended the government's Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) for being compliant with the world body's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in reducing poverty through job creation and enterprise.

The commendation was made by UN Representative to the Philippines Nileema Noble before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo convened the joint meeting of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and National Security Council (NSC) in Malacaņang this morning.

"In the Philippines, I should like to take the opportunity to commend the government on having adopted the MDG in terms of your own planning and programming framework," Noble said.

"The MTPDP is what we call MDG-compliant as is the 10-point plan of action by your government," she added.

Noble said the UN had taken into account the Philippine government's strict adherence to making the MTPDP work by translating it into "plans of action at the local level."

"Very important also for us, of course, is the fact that this country has not only adapted and adopted the MDG goals but more importantly has translated them into plans of action at the local level. That is very important as we translate the frameworks of action into delivery of social services on the ground," Noble said.

Noble said that the UN was also pleased that the Philippines has committed itself to achieving the goals of its MTPDP and the MDG.

She said that based on the UN's community-based monitoring systems that measure the implementation progress of the MTPDP against the MDG, the Philippines has "taken another important step to hold itself accountable to delivering on what has been promised on the MDGs."

Noble added that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said during the recently concluded UN General Assembly that "the Millennium Development Goals are not unlikely to be met everywhere in its totality."

She said the Philippines would reach MDG goals in "some critical areas" such as "reducing poverty by half, meeting the dietary and energy requirements (of its people), gender equality, education, child mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and access to safe drinking water."

She pointed out, however, the country still needs to allot further attention to "nutrition, reducing hunger, maternal health and mortality and in addressing elementary survival rates, elementary participation rates and access to reproductive health (care benefits)."

Noble stressed that though these obstacles and challenges are real, "the important thing is that everybody is working together to make (MTPDP and MDG objectives) happen." (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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