MDG attainment at 33%

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE Cordillera Administrative Region has achieved one third of the Millennium Development Goals.

According to the latest MDG Watch of the Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistical Coordination Board, the region may possibly achieve only nine of the 27 indicators or 33.3 percent of the eight MDG goals.

Cordillera has medium probability on meeting seven targets and low probability to reach 11 other targets by next year.


Based on the latest MDG Watch, the highly achievable goals are eradicating extreme poverty and hunger (Goal 1) where the region has effective efforts in terms of reducing the proportion of population below the national poverty and food threshold and in reducing the rate of underweight pre-school children.

The region is also likely to combat malaria (under Goal 6).

Based on reports from the Department of Health in 2012, there were zero deaths associated with malaria. The 2010 records also shows prevalence of cases associated with malaria has also decreased.

Achieving literacy of males and females of 15 to 24 year olds and the improving the share of women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector, which are indicators under promotion of gender equality and women empowerment (Goal 3), are also highly possible.

There is also a high probability in reducing under-five child mortality (under Goal 4).

Under the area of environmental sustainability (Goal 7), the region has a high satisfactory performance in providing accessible safe water supply.

The latest MDG Watch of the PSA-NSCB presents there are still chances of meeting the following indicators: halving the percentage of household with per capita energy that is less than 100% adequacy; ensuring all pupils who started primary education reach sixth grade and achieving a 100% literacy rate for 15 to 24 years old; and eliminating gender disparity in secondary education.

In addition, through doubled efforts from the health and other concerned sectors, the medium probability in meeting less proportion of births attended by skilled personnel; reduced death rate associated in tuberculosis; and ensuring all households have sanitary toilets, may also increase.

Moreover, Mt. Province has the most number of MDG targets that can be achieved among provinces in the region.

The province has high probability of meeting nine out of 21 targets wherein some indicators were excluded due to some data limitation and constraints.

Apayao and Baguio City followed with high probability of attaining eight MDG target rates each.

On the other hand, Abra, Ifugao and Kalinga have six target rates each with high probability of reaching.

Benguet with the highest population in the region is behindhand with high chances of meeting only five indicators.

The MDG Watch is an information sheet presented by the PSA-NSCB showing the progress of provinces and the region towards attaining the MDG goals established during the Millennium Summit of the United Nations.

Data used in the analysis of the MDG Watch were from the NSCB, National Statistics Office, Food and Nutrition Institute, National Nutrition Council, Department of Health, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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