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PH seen missing Millennium Development Goals

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The Asian Development Bank said Asia-Pacific countries, including the Philippines, are expected to miss several of 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In a report, ADB said the Philippines and its neighbors had succeeded in leading global growth through robust expansion of their economies, but this was not enough for them to stay on track to meeting all eight MDGs by the 2015 deadline.

“In Asia Pacific, several MDGs will not be met, and others will require significant commitment and effort to come close to attainment,” ADB said in a report titled “ADB’s Support for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”

The Philippines, ADB said, was not on the way to meeting the second goal, which is “universal access to primary education.”

Based on ADB’s assessment, the Philippines has a score of nearly 4 out of a scale of 1 to 5, which means “no progress.”

A score of 1 indicates “early achievement” of the goal, 2 means “on track” to meeting the goal, 3 means “slow pace of progress” toward the goal, 4 reflects “no progress,” and 5 means “regression.”

According to government data, net enrolment ratio among primary-school aged children in the Philippines was relatively decent at over 94 percent in 2004, but there was little indication that the level would increase soon.

The Philippines is said to have the “poorest capability” to meet the MDG goal on primary education together with Nepal and Pakistan, which also have a score of nearly 4 points.

The Philippines also scored poorly on the first MDG, which is to reduce poverty.

According to the first MDG, poverty incidence should be halved by 2015 from the level in the 1990s and that extreme poverty should be eradicated. In the case of the Philippines, poverty incidence should fall to about 18 percent two years from now.

However, latest official estimate showed that poverty rate stood at 27.9 percent as of the first semester of 2012. Moreover, about 10 percent of Filipinos were estimated to be living in extreme poverty (in the Philippines, people living in extreme poverty are defined as those belonging to households with less than P5,458 a month).


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  • sigena

    ano pa expect nila sa noynoying president

  • artz555

    1. Again, one of the best ways to meet the Millennium Goals is for PH to maintain a sustainable population growth rate. This sustainable population (as opposed to over-population) will help reduce the incidence of poverty and hunger in the country

    2. The implementation of the RH law is the biggest step, PH can do to get a handle of the country’s population growth rate.The recent moves of the ultra-conservative Filipinos, the Catholic church and other domestic and foreign interests to de-rail the RH implementation,.can only be considered very counter productive, and will only move the country backwards a few years and of course ensure the country’s failure to meet it’s Millennium goals.

    3. The debate on the RH law is over, and everybody (ultra conservatives or otherwise) should help in it’s implementation. The recent veto of Pres. Aquino of the Mag Carta for the Poor is indeed the governments logical rejection of the ultra-conservatives and the Catholic Church’s assumption that uncontrolled population growth needs can always be financed by the government with more ‘Pantawid’ welfare payments, more schools, more jobs etc., and that the government has bountiful, unlimited financial resources to meet these objectives. On the contrary, it will bankrupt the PH government (or any government for that matter), as proven by PH recent low ratings to meet it’s millennium obligations.

    4. The RH law effective implementation in PH will help the country’s objectives in meeting the Millennium goals, reduce the incidence of high unemployment, high poverty and hunger in PH, and eventually raise the living standards of every Filipino.

    • Windtalker

      yes. CCT should be continued so that those poor can produce Graduates to help their families…

  • dan4321

    With the CULTURE of NEEDING to have more than 3 children,in an already Overpopulated and Poor Country,of course,no amount of Development will solve the POVERTY ISSUES.Look around the WORLD who are indeed RICH NATION with LESSER POOR FAMILIES.

    • http://www.facebook.com/flip1sba Jayo Flipone Santiago

      The Philippines is classified as a lower middle income country. Definitely not poor in the ranks of Cambodia, Rwanda, Haiti, etc.

      • Windtalker

        but the number of living below poverty line exceeds all the middle and rich incomes combined and they are the ones having 4 or more children…

  • pitingkapuya

    With Erap and GMA as past presidents, this news is unsurprising.

    • leomar101

      The issue here is not Erap and Arroyo anymore. It is about the more than 350 millions loan given to the Philippines applied during Arroyos time to help the poor but the cash was handed to budoy d mongs government. It failed its goal, the money is gone. hahaha. Now, why on earth you need to connect still the past presidents with mongol’s failures to use the money where it was intended? 3 years had passed, and the result is a failure.Poverty and hunger increase to the maximum.Can you not connect the findings of the COA a year ago when more than 3 billions of CCT fund were unaccounted?When more than 100 billions were lost in corruption in 2011 alone? hahahahaha. Were there any senate investigations of all the corruptions now? Can you see the difference between the senate investigation of the 7 million pesos given to the bishops in the form of jeeps not pajero with all the yelos ganging up on the bishops. and the billions lost now without any yelo dogs barking?hahaha. Simply because the kawatans now are all absolve by mongol. bwahahahaha.

      • Windtalker

        your hatred is simply foolish. this started from the marcos time and too many lazy people we have…

      • leomar101

        It’s not hatred, it’s anger and frustration. If you do not have any idea on what I’m talking then it’s useless to elaborate.

      • Windtalker

        i know what your talking about. you hate this administration much you resort to name calling…

      • leomar101

        You think only yelo dogs can have the monopoly of evils? Name calling? baah it was given to all the enemies of mongol years back. and even now, anybody who does not belong to the yelos are always called with insulting names. So, you think the mongol fans club are the only ones who can say so? Aah by the way you are right, it is revolting to listen to daang matuwid, transparency hymn when reality tells the opposite. do I have to tell you all those pretentions and hypocricy which abound these days? hahaha. It’s okey if you are on the other side of the fence. It’s your right so do I. Pre, it just happened, we are not on the same boat. We have different convictions. I stand by my own mind and you too on your own.

      • Windtalker

        so the 70% satisfied with this admin and the international community who acknowledge the strides of it’s making, can you call them yellow dogs? i tell you, those who says this admin is vengeful only means that they benefited directly or indirectly from the previous admin or just plain communists…but i respect you opinion, not your hatred :)

  • murtson

    Expected. After saying that the CCT is good for the country, here comes the ADB barking on the missed goal. Learning the kind of wayward, wracked priorities the administration have like dole outs, this country can never attain real economic development.

  • leomar101

    The millennium truth about the millennium fund which was being granted to the Philippines when mongol was just few months in Pasig was all gone. Of course that was more than 350 million dollars which was applied by the arroyo government before. It just happened that the released of that loaned money was done during the early part of mongols time. How come the government of mongol is making no progress at all in implementing those goals in the area spicified by ADB and WB?. Where is the money? where did it go? In fact poverty and hunger are almost doubled now compared to the previous administration. So for the yelo doggies double your time to refute these statics and defend your idol. tsk tsk tsk.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    The Philippines is said to have the “poorest capability” to meet the MDG
    goal on primary education together with Nepal and Pakistan, which also
    have a score of nearly 4 points.
    :
    Now, that is the TROOTH and nothing but the TRUTH.
    Capisce ?

  • Marlou Wang

    Yung 5,500 pesos pang sampung araw lang yung baka hindi pa, e, kung sampu ang anak baka dalawang araw lang yun. Sana ang simbahan ang magbigay ng solution kung papaano masosolb ito.

    • JOHNCeneza

      Tama..

    • CmdrAdobo

      blame the government, not the church. government is ruling in this country not the church.

      • Marlou Wang

        but the church is trying to rule also, they don’t occupy the spiritual side only… they promote “…go forth and multiply…”

      • Windtalker

        the church should also be blamed for not informing the faithful regarding responsible parenting and how they protected the arroyos during her time thru the pajero bishops… and by the way, they have 17B pesos investments on Ayala companies… church for the poor? really?

      • CmdrAdobo

        you’re saying church is more capable than our govt?

        inutil ang gobyerno natin then.

      • Windtalker

        i’m saying they should help the government not criticize it’s every move. and they have the money to help also…



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