PH still lagging behind on MDGs - Social Watch PH

By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2013 07:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2013 04:23 PM

MANILA – The lead convenor of civil society group Social Watch Philippines, Leonor Magtolis Briones, said the Philippines is still lagging behind in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Among the goals are universal primary education, inequality and maternal health.

In a report titled “Breaking Through Sustainability,” which was submitted by Social Watch Philippines and presented to some members of the House of Representatives, the country still has a lot to do in terms providing universal primary education, maternal health, alleviating poverty and addressing inequality.

Briones said poverty, hunger and unemployment continue to be challenging issues for the government this year, as growth did not necessarily equate to better living standards for all Filipinos.

Briones also aired her concern over the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program which may not necessarily be reaching all of the poor, and that it may be linked to the elections.

But National Economic and Development Authority director-general Arsenio Balisacan dismissed worries of the CCT being associated with the elections, saying the bulk of the expenditures occurred in 2011 and 2012—not election years.

Meantime, House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada III said
the government was exerting efforts to be on track in achieving the MDGs but some seem to be far from reach.