NorMin set to meet MDG commitments by 2015
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (25 October) -- The government will exert more efforts to meet all the country's commitments to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as it welcomed the United Nations' recognition of our achievement along the line.
This was stressed by Regional Director Myra V. Balandra of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) who said the UN, together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) gave the citation that RP is an 'early achiever' in terms of meeting the MDGs.
The MDG, she said, is a set of development goals and targets in eliminating extreme poverty and hunger worldwide by year 2015 which the Philippines adopted to do and signed along with the other member states of the UN in September 2000.
Balandra who sits as Vice-Chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) said implementation of programs and projects to achieve our own national MDG targets will be done by region taking into consideration the prevailing situation of their respective areas.
There are eight (8) targets of the MDG: eradicate poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development.
Meanwhile, Richard Cua, Economic Development Specialist II of NEDA has presented the following facts and figures of Northern Mindanao relating to the MDG:
Thirty-eight out of 100 or 38% of the families are poor, 25% of the preschoolers are malnourished, 50% of births are attended by "hilots" and 4% of infants died because of birth complications and common diseases.
Ten out of 100 or 10% of pregnant women have not consulted health professionals, 60% of married women are using family planning methods, 12% of elementary school-age children are not in school and 52% of high school-age children are also not in school.
Seventeen out of 100 or 17% of elected officials and more than one-half of government employees are women, 22% of adolescents, 15-24 years old, engage in pre-marital sex and 33% of sexually active adolescents had more than one (1) sex partner.
Fifty-six out of 100 or 56% of adolescents know sexually transmitted diseases (STD) but only 24% think it's curable, 17% of households do not have access to safe water supply and 15% of the households do not have sanitary toilets. (PIA 10) [top]