Millenium Development Goals
In September 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Millennium Declaration, renewing global commitment to peace and human rights, through the adoption of specific goals and targets for alleviating extreme poverty worldwide. The Philippines was a signatory to the said declaration and crafted its Medium Term Development Plan taking into consideration the MDGs.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is tasked as the lead agency in the localization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In its initial localization efforts, the DILG developed a framework for MDG localization identifying a set of desired outcomes for an MDG responsive local government unit (LGU). The Department issued policy guidelines particularly DILG MC 2004-152: “Guide to Local Government Units in the Localization of the MDGs” dated 10 November 2004 which provides: a) menu of programs, projects and activities (P/P/A per MDG goal and target to guide LGUs in responding to MDG; b) diagnosis of local situation using local indicators and monitoring system; and c) call for documentation and replication of good practices. Related DILG policies were also issued on prioritization of budget and operationalization of MDG responsive P/P/As.
LGUs were expected to step-up efforts to implement a poverty-focused plan with concomitant increase in budgetary allocation for social services responsive to the MDGs.
In view of this, there is a need to track the responses of LGUs on the extent of their implementation of MDG Localization and to monitor LGU contribution to the attainment of the MDGs. The MDG local tracking instrument is designed to capture LGU initiatives and progress on MDG localization and will monitor extent of contributions to the desired outcomes under the MDG localization framework :
Integration of MDG targets into the local plans/investment programs
> Increase in budget allocation for MDG responsive P/P/As;
> Institutionalization of structures and mechanisms to support MDG localization
> Establishment of poverty benchmarking/monitoring tool for local MDG progress.