Marcos proposes creation of body to ensure PH meets MDG targets

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R Marcos, Jr. is proposing the creation of a body to ensure that the Philippines will meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.

The proposal is contained in a bill, seeking to create the “Philippine Millennium Development Fund”, which Marcos is set to file as soon as the forthcoming 16th Congress opens in July.

The Philippines is one of the 189 United Nations member-countries that adopted the MDG at the 2000 UN Millennium Summit in Paris.

“In order to comply with the commitment to the MDG, this bill seeks to create the Philippine Millennium Development Fund. It shall be a corporate body,” Marcos said.

The eight MDG in the National Progress Level are:

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empowerment of women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Global partnership for development

“The country faces a Herculean task in successfully implementing the MDG, and in fulfilling its national obligations as a responsible member of the UN,” Marcos noted.

The bill provides, among others, the source of funds, which shall include contributions from Philippine Gaming Corporation and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The bill also provides that the Special Committee on Millennium Development Goals and the Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization of the House of Representatives, and the Senate Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises shall undertake a yearly review of the performance of the body.

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