Achieving the SDGs in the Philippines in the Times of COVID-19
“Achieving the SDGs in the Philippines in the Times of COVID-19” is a follow-up project of “Mobilizing Investments and Community Participation in SDGs through GeoMapping in the Philippines”. Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) of Germany also funded this project. The project aimed at strengthening multi-stakeholders participation in ensuring that COVID-19 recovery plans are responsive to their SDG priorities.
The project team gathered data in the past months, for mapping and for the website (https://benguetsdg.benguet.gov.ph). This involved government agencies, local government units, and civil society organizations which were at the frontline of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. These activities identified the most affected sectors, their location, and the corresponding help extended to them.
They also conducted assessment and planning workshops. They discussed the impacts of the COVID-19 and recovery plans using the SDG indicators. These workshops were a venue for sharing among stakeholders and ensuring that recovery plans are transparent and accountable, and leave no one behind.
As the project culminated in January 2021. The updated website with the data gathered was presented to the stakeholders, and the Report on Covid-19 Response of Benguet Municipalities was completed. Despite being a short-term project, JVOFI looks forwards that multi-stakeholder representatives, municipal and provincial councils and local chief executives, will adopt these measures in their local plans and .
Through the community validation workshops, the research, and the updated SDG website, the concerned LGUs and other interested stakeholders identified the following SDGs that were attended to: SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Growth and Economic Growth) and gaps that need to be addressed such as limited benefits/incentives for front liners, limited capacities of parents and guardians to monitor/assist their children studying from home, limited livelihood programs for the displaced employees, inadequate water and health services, and poor internet connectivity and communication infrastructure that hinder them from effectively responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The information generated by this project enables them to do evidence-based planning.