Next UNDAF to reflect new MTPDP priorities

August 29, 2010 1:47 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 29 — Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga Jr. has said the next United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2012 to 2016 would closely align with the administration’s development priorities.

At the recent consultations on the UNDAF, he noted that the UN Country Team (UNCT) had earlier committed to President Benigno S. Aquino III that the UNDAF would mirror the priorities of the new Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).

The UNDAF outlines the UNCT’s strategic responses to the development priorities of a country for a specified period of time.

Paderanga, who is also the director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), said the MTPDP’s overall direction is anchored on an inclusive growth framework or growth that is shared by the poor and vulnerable, which aims to create decent and adequate employment opportunities for many more Filipinos in order to significantly reduce poverty.

The socioeconomic planning secretary, meanwhile, assured the UNCT that the MTPDP 2010-2016 would also integrate current and emerging concerns, such as achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopting a human rights based approach in development planning, and responding to climate change, which are also concerns advocated by the UN.

Under the new MTPDP, priority shall be given on meeting the targets on poverty reduction, nutrition, dietary energy requirement, primary education, maternal mortality and access to reproductive health services.

"The Plan shall also consider regional dimensions and dynamics so that the successor Regional Development Plans shall contain localized targets and strategies that will address specific concerns in the regions, and at the same time enable us to collectively achieve national goals,” Paderanga said.

The NEDA chief noted the importance of the development partners’ support to the MTPDP, including the strengthening of results monitoring and evaluation systems.

“We are also instituting reforms in the Philippine Statistical System, for it to be more reliable and responsive, not just to development planners but also to the general public. The UN has expertise in this field, and we may need you along the way,” Paderanga added.

The UNCT is currently conducting consultations with the government, civil society and development partners in crafting the third UNDAF for the Philippines. The last UNDAF, crafted for the period 2005 to 2009, was extended up to 2011. (PNA)

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