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PHL needs more data to gauge progress in sustainable dev't goals, says NEDA chief
The Philippine economy may be in "relatively good shape," but the government needs more data to measure how it is doing in terms of the sustainable development goals, said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia said on Wednesday.
"However, in terms of monitoring and reporting, the Philippine government is still in need of sufficient data to be able to comprehensively gauge the country's progress," Pernia said on Wednesday at the International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals Statistics in Makati City.
While the government's development plan for the next five years includes indicators set by the United Nations, many of these still have to be defined and collected, Pernia said.
"Out of 232 SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) indicators, only 94 are readily available, 11 are not applicable in the Philippine context, 59 are not regularly collected, and 68 are still to be developed," he said.
The statistics need to be disaggregated, or broken down, for evaluation, Pernia said. "The challenge in fact extends beyond these numbers as many of the indicators require further data disaggregation."
The Cabinet official, who is also the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), called on the government agencies to provide the NEDA with supporting data.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) is a set of 17 goals adopted by member states, including the Philippines, in 2015. The goals range from putting an end to poverty to promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Pernia said the SDGs are "well-built" into the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022.
"We can see that the SDGs are well-built into the PDP 2017-2022, with 48 SDG indicators and 33 SDG targets in the PDP Results Matrices," he said.
Pernia said the national long-term vision for development is that “By 2040, the Philippines will be a prosperous, predominantly middle-class society where no one is poor. Our peoples will live long and healthy lives, be smart and innovative and live in a high-trust society.”
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