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The Philippine MDGs

Philippines MDGsThe Philippines, as one of the signatories in the UN Millennium Declaration, has come up with the first (May 2003) and second (June 2005) Philippines Progress Reports on the Millennium Development Goals, which not only define where the country is relative to the MDGs, but also outline the challenges that have to be overcome in order to attain these goals. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) prepared the reports, through the collaborative efforts of the Multi-Sectoral Committee on International Human Development Commitments (MC-IHDC) and the Social Development Committee (SDC).

Availability of MDG Indicators in the Philippines

The assessment and compilation of MDG Indicators were done as part of the participation of the NSCB in the Workshop on Development Indicators held in Manila, Philippines in October 2001 and 2002 organized by the UNSD through the "United Nations Project on Strengthening Regional Capacities for Statistical Development in Southeast Asia." In terms of relative data availability in support of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) the Philippines ranked first among the 11 countries in South-East Asia. Based on the 2003 report of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), the Philippines obtained a rating of 27.9% followed by Thailand with 25.2% and Indonesia with 24.6%.

Overall, the Philippines ranked fourth among all of Asia and the Pacific in terms of data availability for tracking progress towards the MDG in the region with Australia gathering 29.1%, Japan, 29.0%, and Republic of Korea, 28.7%. According to UN-ESCAP, the theoretical maximum is for a country to have 767 data values (59 series x 13 years) and a country is counted to have data available when data exist for one or more years. The Philippines, according to the ESCAP report, has a total of available 214 indicators.

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