INCITEGov Conducts Governance Conversation on the Localization of SDGs
IN THE PHOTO: Attendees of Governance Conversation held in DAP, Pasig City last September 16, 2016
On September 16, 2016, INCITEGov conducted its fifth Governance Conversation with the theme Localizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Serving as resource speakers in the event were Dr. Randy Tuano of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Dr. Rosemarie Edillon of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). The activity was attended by 22 participants, and was held in the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) office in Pasig City.
The recent Governance Conversation on the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals was done with the goal of discussing the Philippine Development Plan, Ambisyon 2040, and how CSOs can participate in the discourse.
According to RJ Barrete, Sectoral Development officer of INCITEGov, “Even if the Sustainable Development Goals are not legally binding, it represents a political commitment to development.” He added that the as a member of the United Nations, the Philippines must do its part in achieving the SGDs through a localization agenda.
Participants from different sectors came and discussed the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and how it can be localized in the country.
Two notable speakers were invited to tackle matters on the localization of SGDs. First of which is Randy Tuano of the Young Public Servants and SDSN. Tuano discussed the 17 goals comprising the SDGs and the 231 indicators set to measure these goals. Working for the SDSN, he also discussed how his organization has been developing a prototype SDG index, which is now tracking the development and indicators of the SDGs in the country.
According to Tuano, the Philippines ranked 95 out of 149 countries in the SDG index. He then suggested that the SGD index be tracked per goal.
Tuano highlighted the role of the academe in developing potential frameworks for the development plan and in disseminating the SDGs to a wider public. With this, he encouraged the education sector to work with one another in developing courses which will ensure that students are informed of the country’s issues, and empowered to come up with solutions.
The second speaker in the Governance Conversation was Rosemarie Edillon, Deputy Director General of NEDA. Edillon discussed NEDA’s Ambisyon 2040, linking it to the 2030 SDGs. Ambisyon 2040 was developed by NEDA by conducting 42 Focus Group Discussions (FGD) across the country, among 10, 000 individuals aged 15 to 30 years old.
Ambisyon 2040 revealed that most Filipinos aspired to be Matatag, which translates to a family-oriented lifestyle, with room for quality time with friends; Maginhawa, a life free of hunger and poverty, accompanied by security and travel opportunities; and Panatag, which is centered on the security of place and passive income during retirement.
In line with Ambisyon 2040 and SDGs 2030, NEDA developed specific strategies, which include good quality education, housing construction industry, transport system, urban planning, and comprehensive economic and fiscal policies.
The Governance Conversation on the Localization of the SDG Agenda was closed with an open forum where the participants raised different matters such as the participation and inclusion of the grassroots in the development framework, the localization of SDGs to address regional problems, employment under the SDGs, lessons from the MDG experience, and the role of NEDA.
Governance Conversations are organized by INCITEGov to broaden the discourse on governance in the country. This October, another Governance Conversation will be conducted with the theme, What Can Good Governance Do?