December 13, 2019

The inter-agency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) approved the creation of the Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during a meeting held on December 11, 2019.

As part of the country’s commitment to support the SDGs, the sub-committee will monitor progress on the SDGs in the Philippines, review SDG-related programs and policies, and submit recommendations to the cabinet level of the DBCC.

Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon said that the creation of the Sub-Committee on SDGs under the DBCC is a strong move, strengthening the linkage of development priorities to resource allocation.

“The budgetary process presents a good mechanism to support integration of the SDGs. Strong policy integration and alignment of resource allocation with the country priorities on the SDGs will help create an enabling environment for sustainable development,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said.

Two Undersecretaries from the Department of Budget and Management and the National Economic and Development Authority will co-chair the sub-committee, with members from different key government agencies.

Major outputs of the sub-committee include advice on the policy integration and resource allocation, SDG-related reports such as the Voluntary National Review, monitoring of programs for the SDGs, and stakeholder engagements.

Pernia said that this support to the SDGs is part of the government’s goal to gear all development plans towards the realization of AmBisyon Natin 2040.

“We are committed to the SDGs because it is the key to ensure that current and future generations of Filipinos achieve their AmBisyon (ambition),” he said.

The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice.