Editorial: Missing targets

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Monday, July 14, 2014

THE Davao Region is not likely to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2014 on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.

This much was admitted in the presentation of survey on the "Conduct of Young Adults Fertility and Sexuality" at the Grand Men Seng Hotel Friday.

Reducing child mortality and improving maternal health are two of eight MDGs form a blueprint agreed to by all the world's countries and all the world's leading development institutions. The other six are: Eradicate extreme poverty and ghuner, achieve universal primary education, promote gender quality and empower women, combat HIV/Aids, malaria, and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, and achieve global partnership for development.


We're just glad that there was no attempt to hide the truth. At least, we know where we stand. We just hope no one will step forward to deny this statement by coming up with numbers re-assigned to this and that area as many problems very obvious to the eyes are denied in a desperate bid by this and that government entity or individual to look good to the public.

We have had enough of spins and image enhancements. The MDG is already 14 years old, a 14-year engagement and commitment that has laid down targets to be reached by 2015. Meaning, we simply have to sit down all together and tackle the brass tacks. We need not look far to see where the problems lie: we simply have to visit our neighborhood slums. There we will see very young others heavy with child, or very young couples looking so very much into each other, you get a very good idea of where it is leading to. We also see a glimpse on why the work should be sustained and what was done in 2000 cannot be regarded as an achievement by this time because that is already 14 years ago, time enough to bring forth another teenage child in the reproductive age. It's a continuing concern that needs continuing action.

By seeing the problems at their face value and recognizing where we are not able to address this, then we get a better perspective on how to continue to make a significant dent that may still not hit the target but will at least make a big difference in the reproductive health of mothers that will likewise ensure the health of the child.

Face the problems as they are, that's how to address and solve any problem. We're just glad it was admitted straight out, now we go to work.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 15, 2014.


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