MANILA, Philippines - The United Nations on Monday said the Aquino government's economic blueprint for the next five years could give it the needed push to meet the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.
The UN noted that Aquino's Medium-Term Development Plan is "more explicit" in pushing MDGs. Among the strengths in the government's plan for 2011 to 2016 is its focus on reducing poverty as well as food security.
Jacqui Badcock, UN resident coordinator and UN Development Program resident representative in the Philippines, said the current Philippine government plan is very MDG-focused, which is already a huge advantage. She also noted the current administration is very focused on social development.
"You have emphasis on agriculture and food security... So I think there are good intentions and if the government continues on that path with the acceleration frame in mind , the government has just developed an MDG acceleration plan and if you can put that in effect, you'll get a long way," Badcock said.
The National Economic Development Authority, meanwhile, admitted that meeting the MDG goals on water supply, child nutrition and education remain a key challenge.
The MDGs are 8 specific goals that 189 countries worldwide committed to achieve by 2015.