The Philippines is one of the one hundred eighty-nine (189) United Nations member-countries that adopted the Millennium Development Goals at the 2000 UN Millennium Summit in Paris. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are specific targets aimed at mitigating, if not totally eradicating poverty, by year 2015. In the National Progress Level, these goals are: (1) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; (2) to achieve universal primary education; (3) to promote gender equality and empowerment of women; (4) to reduce child mortality; (5) to improve maternal health; (6) to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; (7) to ensure environmental sustainability; and (8) to establish a global partnership for development.
The country faces a herculean task in successfully implementing these MDGs and in fulfilling its international obligations as responsible member of the UN. In order to comply with the commitments to the MDG, we filed Senate Bill No. 2533 proposing the enactment of the “Philippine Millennium Development Goals Fund Law”. It seeks to create the Philippine Millennium Development Fund, which shall be a body corporate tasked to manage public funds for the sole and primary purpose of meeting the MDGs.