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LGUs vow to accelerate MDGs in Region 1

PHILIPPINES: Eight vibrant city mayors sign MOU to localize MDGs

LOCAL chief executives representing eight vibrant cities in the Ilocos Region (Region 1) vowed to work together to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through the implementation of relevant development programs.

The MDGs are a set of time-bound goals that United Nation member-countries, including the Philippines, have committed to pursue by 2015 to promote sustainable human development.

Through the project: “Localizing the MDGs: Making it Work Where it Matters”, they affirmed their commitment and signed a memorandum of agreement Wednesday to implement programs in partnership with various national line agencies and citizens groups relevant to the MDGs by localizing targets around poverty alleviation, universal primary education, maternal and child health, and environmental sustainability, in partnership with the Regional Development Council of Region 1, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), and the La Liga Policy Institute (La Liga).

They are Alaminos City, Hernani A. Braganza, Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim, Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Gregorio E. Perez IV, from the province of Pangasinan; and San Fernando Mayor Pablo C. Ortega of the province of La Union; Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina and Candon City Mayor Allen G. Singson from the province of Ilocos Sur; Laoag City Mayor Michael V. Farinas, and San Carlos City Mayor Julier C. Resuello of Ilocos Norte.

Under the partnership agreement, they vowed to translate national MDG commitments into LGU plans, programs, targets and budgets.

“The project is anchored on the eight cities in the region as drivers of equitable growth and sustainable development. It seeks to build on the capacity of local governments to deliver on MDG commitments by bringing together LGUs, RLAs, national and local NGOs in a participatory and consultative partnership arrangement around translating national MDG commitments into local policies, plans, programs, targets and budget,” explains Roland Cabigas, managing director of La Liga explained.

The objective of the project, he said, aims to hasten MDG localization in time for the 2015 deadline covering the 8 cities of Region 1 and their neighboring municipalities by enabling LGUs and their citizens to achieve locally-defined MDG objectives and forging regional level support and cooperation serving as concrete contributions of R1 to the national MDG breakthrough plan, and more importantly to the achievement of the MDG commitments.

Last December, officials led by Ilocos Region directors Manuel V. Biason of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Leonardo N. Quitos Jr. of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and Leonardo C. Reynoso of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with Cesar Manuel A. Cabansag, chief planning and management development office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region 1 and Dr. Edwin V. Monis, OIC-Local Health Support Divisio – Region 1, made their commitment during a three-day MDG localization workshop organized by La Liga at the Pines View Hotel in Baguio City.

The workshop, dubbed Knowledge Skills and Action Workshop was part of the MDG Pathways: Cementing Pathways to Financing the MDGs project implemented by La Liga.

It gathered key officials from Region 1 and local government officials and various citizens groups from Alaminos City and the Municipalities of Bani and Burgos in the province of Pangasinan, wherein the more than 100 participants vowed to work hand in hand to eradicate poverty, promote primary education and maternal health care and ensure environmental sustainability in their respective localities.

La Liga, a development policy research and advocacy nongovernment organization is pushing for the achievement of the MDGs through its localization and the LGU cluster approach to local economic development. (La Liga Policy Institute)

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