One of the break out groups discusses the action plan of their assigned SDGs.

The Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and CALABARZON Special Regional Committee on SDG (SRC-SDG) conducted a regional SDG progress and planning workshop on June 28 in NEDA Region IV-A, Calamba City, Laguna. The workshop was participated by representatives from the regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, local government units and private sector representatives. It aimed to identify the gaps in achieving SDG targets and prepare an action plan for the remaining years to 2030. The workshop focused on the SDGs under the education, health, gender and environment sectors.

In her opening message, NEDA Region IV-A Assistant Regional Director Susana S. Santiago emphasized the importance of the achievement of the SDGs as this will bring to the realization of a better life for all Filipinos.

During the workshop, the participants assessed the latest data and trends, and recommended programs, projects and activities to address the gaps in achieving the SDGs. A workshop tool was used for ease of documentation. The workshop outputs will be sent to the concerned agencies for additional inputs.

The Secretariat also visited the UP Los Baños Waste to Energy Facility and the Batangas Egg Producers Multipurpose Cooperative (BEPCO) in San Jose, Batangas on June 29. The energy facility and cooperative are among the notable initiatives that support the sustainable development in the Region.

These are some of the egg products being produced and marketed by the members of Batangas Egg Producers Cooperative in San Jose, Batangas.

The SRC-SDG looks forward to the creation of Stakeholders’ Chamber in the Region which will serve as venue for the private sector to partner with the government in the achievement of SDGs. SRC-SDG plans to continue to strengthen their efforts in the achievement of the SDGs through the planned establishment of the Regional Stakeholder’s Chamber that will further encourage the private sector to engage in the achievement of SDGs.

Ray Michael Kevin H. Abuso, NEDA Region IV-A | July 1, 2022