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  • 1Philippines Fourth Progress Report on the Millennium Development Goals using CBMS Data - Province of Province of Marinduque

    Province of SIQUIJOR

  • Status Report on the Millennium Development Goals

    (MDGs)Using CBMS Data

    Province of Siquijor

  • 2Status Report on the Millennium Development Goals Using CBMS Data Province of Siquijor

    The Provincial Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report was prepared with the inten-tion of providing a true and correct picture of the status of the province of Siquijors efforts to help the national government meet its global commitments to eradicate poverty. Knowing that more than anyone else, the Local Government Units (LGUs) are the primary institutions that deal directly with the communities who are being threatened by problems of poverty, hunger, unemployment and so many other social, economic and political problems, it would be logical to say that the LGUs take care of their peoples needs.

    This report will show the accomplishments of the province, in so far as its extent of helping achieve the targets of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In doing this, we acknowl-edge/appreciate the contributions of all Siquijodnons who worked in close partnership with the government. The national government agencies, peoples organizations, and civil society have equally supported the local government in achieving the goals of reducing poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and, lastly, developing a global partnership for development.

    The MDG Team of the province is very grateful to the administrative support of the six LGU municipalities headed by their respective Mayors and the technical support of the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs) and the Municipal Local Government Operations Offi cers (MLGOOs). Without them, it would have been very diffi cult to produce this MDG Report.

    The good thing about the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), especially for us in the Planning and Development Offi ce, is that we are able to locate where the people who need specifi c government interventions are, who they are, and what they really need in order to live a decent and improved quality of life. It is also very helpful to our offi ce in our planning activities.

    For us in the Planning Division, we now have baseline data to guide us in our decision- mak-ing because our Chief Executive would want correct data and information to help him decide what programs and projects need to be prioritized. This Report will also be submitted to the Local Chief Executive, to the Local Development Councils of the six municipalities and their respective Sanggunians to guide them in their respective roles and functions.


  • 3Status Report on the Millennium Development Goals Using CBMS Data Province of Siquijor

    To the entire staff of the Provincial Planning and Development Offi ce, for their unwaver-ing support even up to going many hours of overtime work in order to beat deadlines, our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

    To the constituents and the civil society/private sector representatives, we extend our sincer-est thanks for their involvement in making this report a reality.

    We especially extend our warm gratitude to the PEP-CBMS Network Team headed by Dr. Celia M. Reyes, PEP Co-Director and CBMS Network Leader, the United Nations Develop-ment Programme (UNDP) Philippines and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for their invaluable support.

    With all Siquijodnons cooperating and supporting our local offi cials, the province of Siquijor will truly become a progressive island.

    God Bless Siquijor!

    The Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator

  • 4Status Report on the Millennium Development Goals Using CBMS Data Province of Siquijor


    The preparation of provincial MDGs reports is a critical step that Local Govern-ment Units (LGUs) have taken in the overall effort to localize the MDGs. As it is often said, the MDGs will be won or lost at the local level given the conditions of uneven progress and disparities across regions and provinces in the country.

    Beyond the national averages, one can see wide disparities on the gains in poverty reduction, universal education, child mortality and maternal health. This situation reinforces the notion that the progress of each province is just as important as the achievements of the country as a whole. After all, the Philippines progress towards the MDGs, is the sum of the efforts and gains of all LGUs.

    By preparing provincial reports, LGUs are provided vital information on the status of the MDGs in their areas of infl uence. These reports are important

    sources of information for planning, resource allocation and priority setting that LGUs are tasked under their mandate of effective local governance. Likewise, in the course of the preparation of the reports, the capacity of LGUs to collect, monitor and use data for decision making has been greatly enhanced. The reports also show how far the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) that UNDP has supported can go in terms of its use.

    Against the backdrop of renewed optimism emanating from the new political leadership, this fi rst set of nine Provincial Reports on the MDGs is a timely and important milestone. The reports provide crucial insights on how to overcome the constraints in achieving the MDGs locally as the country gears towards the last stretch to attain the eight goals by 2015. They also emphasize the important role of active collaboration of political leaders, stakeholders, and donors in achieving the MDGs.

    I wish to commend the nine Provincial Governments that prepared their reports the Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Biliran, Camarines Norte, Eastern Samar, Marinduque, Romblon, Sa-rangani and Siquijor Province the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for working together in bringing about this important accomplishment.

    With this initiative, it is hoped that other provinces will follow suit to attain nationwide support for the need to accelerate the pace of the achievement of the MDGs by 2015.

    Dr. Jacqueline BadcockUN Resident Coordinator and

    UNDP Resident Representative

    s by 2015.

    Dr Jacqueline Badcock

  • 5Status Report on the Millennium Development Goals Using CBMS Data Province of Siquijor

    The conduct of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) survey in the province of Siquijor provides the local leaders with a good picture of what the government under my present administra-tion had done to improve the living conditions of my constituents in addressing their problems and in providing their basic needs.

    The results were commendable and gratifying because we know our efforts did not go to waste but were properly put to good use.

    Though the province of Siquijor is small in terms of land area and population, and therefore would only get a meager share from the national government in the form of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), we are proud to say that Siquijor was never in the list of the 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines. This only proves that development of a place is not solely dependent on how much money there is in the government coffers but on how the money is being spent for the delivery of basic services and how these services are prioritized.

    All efforts of my administration are focused on the reduction of poverty and increase of income of my constituents. Right now, we are implementing very critical programs and projects in order to realize these immediate twin goals of government. These goals are in fact at the very heart of our nations thrust and we have committed to achieve these goals together with the rest of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

    Governance is at the center of all our efforts to improve the quality of life of our people. The people of my province understood that Governance is a collective responsibility where everyone -- the governed and the elective officials is a stakeholder. This proved to be an effective scheme for Siquijor which resulted in yielding more than average re-sults, even with meager resources at the disposal of government.


    Republic of the PhilippinesPROVINCE OF SIQUIJOR


  • 6Status Report on the Millennium Development Goals Using CBMS Data Province of Siquijor

    We consider good governance as the forefront of development. In our own lingo, we call it strong political will.

    The Philippines will only be as strong as its weakest local government unit and so we recognize the very important role we have in charting our nations destiny.

    God Bless Siquijor! ORLANDO A. FUA, JR.


  • 7Status Report on the Millennium Development Goals Using CBMS Data Province of Siquijor

    Table of Contents

    Foreword ........................................................................................................

    Messages UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Jacqueline Badcock ...............................

    Siquijor Governor Orlando Fua, Jr. .......................................................

    Table of Contents .................................................................................................List of Acronyms ..................................................................................................List of Tables .......................................................