THE DEVELOPMENT Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) has approved the creation of a sub-committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is expected to help authorities align plans and projects for these targets.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon said the establishment of an SDG sub-committee under the DBCC serves as a “strong move” for the government in aligning its development programs for resource allocation.

“The budgetary process presents a good mechanism to support integration of the SDGs. Strong policy integration and alignment of resource allocation with the country priorities on the SDGs will help create an enabling environment for sustainable development,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia was quoted as saying in a statement on Friday.

The sub-committee will be co-chaired by two undersecretaries from the NEDA and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), along with members from other concerned government agencies.

The sub-committee will give their advice on policy integration and resource allocation, SDG-related reports such as the Voluntary National Review, the monitoring of programs for the SDGs and other stakeholder engagements.

“We are committed to the SDGs because it is the key to ensure that current and future generations of Filipinos achieve their AmBisyon (ambition),” Mr. Pernia said.

The SDGs serve as a blueprint for countries around the world to achieve 17 goals set to address poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice, among others. — B.M. Laforga