SDGs in the Philippines – The Progress and the Uniq Goals

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The Philippines is considered one of the most progressive countries in SouthEast Asia. Although it has improved in the Human Development Index rankings, it still lags far behind the rest of the world. The goal of this plan is to help the country progress towards the status of an advanced society, but while the Philippines has taken a few steps towards that goal, the country still has a very long way to go.

In September 2015, 192 other United Nations (UN) member states, including the Philippines, reaffirmed their commitment to the success of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also called Global Goals, are economical, social, environmental, and governance targets. They need to be accomplished in order for AmBisyon Natin 2040 to fulfill the long-term vision. 

AmBisyon Natin 2040 and the PDP

In AmBisyon Natin 2040, the Filipino people articulate long-term visions and aspirations for themselves and for the country. It describes the type of life people would like to live and how they would like the country to be by 2040.

The national development plan forms the basis for national unity and is meant to guide the planning efforts of at least four government administrations. In 2030, people should be able to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals, which are aligned with AmBisyon Natin 2040. 

The notion of intergenerational equity, which runs through the core principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), supports the notion of sustainable development and leaving no one untouched. Sustainable development requires long-term planning in which current development and future development should never be at the expense of current generations. This is a fundamental element for the Filipinos to have a life that is matatag (firmly rooted), maginhawa (comfortable), and panatag (safe).

The progress made towards the goals and targets

Governments are responsible for providing policy frameworks, relevant legislation, and legislation that enable the achievement of goals. Non-government actors also need to be engaged. With the need for greater cooperation from both federal and non-federal actors, we discuss best practices to support the achievement of the SDGs. 

Some of these efforts are the development of education and business practices for inclusiveness, as well as developing programs that specifically target the poor and marginalized. The Boracay Rehabilitation project is one example where this objective has been successfully integrated into making sure that economic progress does not come at the expense of environmental integrity.

In general, the work that has been done on the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan has illustrated the need for households and businesses to work together better to ensure sustainable consumption and production. 

Towards the end of the research, the last section provides a comprehensive assessment of the Philippines’ needs in relation to those of the focus goals, and it incorporates an assessment of the future and potential for collaboration with the international community. 

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Promote quality, inclusive, and equitable education and opportunities for lifelong learning for all.

SDG 4 articulates the commitment to social equity across generations. AmBisyon Natin 2040 is a long-term vision dedicated to achieving the aspirations of the Filipino people and is set in the Philippines Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, the pillar of Pagbabago (Change). When it comes to education and learning, this initiative is designed to address the current generational needs, and they will be able to unlock their potential and capitalize on their human capital (NEDA 2017; 2016). At the same time, SDG 4 promotes social inclusion to advance a better quality of life for everyone.

Status of Goal 4 Indicators: Philippines

Source: Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Sustainable Development Goal 8: Promote sustainable, inclusive, and productive economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent jobs for all

Inclusive business is, in part, how businesses can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, a measure that provides a secure foundation for building an economically resilient world. It is essential to be able to harmonize human and economic development by providing a business model that facilitates profitability, responsibility, and effectiveness. 

The Philippine government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) implemented Business+ with the support of the most prominent business associations in the country to understand the current levels of awareness, knowledge, and engagement of the private sector in Inclusive Business and to determine the challenges and possible policy interventions. 

The results of the research have indicated that the respondents believe the Inclusive Business ecosystem should be strengthened based on raising awareness, building capacity, promoting collaboration, and implementing certain policy interventions.

Status of Goal 8 Indicators: Philippines

Sources: National Income Accounts and Labor Force Survey, Philippine Statistics Authority

Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduce inequality within the country as well as between the countries

There has been a decline in inequality of income among Filipinos due to sustained robust economic growth, as well as policies and programs that have been adopted to empower marginalized individuals and communities. The persistence of spatial and sectoral inequalities calls for greater efforts in ensuring social inclusion.

Status of Goal 10 Indicators: Philippines

Sustainable Development Goal 13: Take immediate action to combat the effects of climate change

The Philippines has long been considered a high-risk area for natural disasters. Recent studies identify the country as the third most vulnerable to hazards and the fifth most affected by extreme weather phenomena such as tropical cyclones, prolonged monsoon rains, and El Niño. 

To address the growing risks, reforms have been institutionalized and preparatory measures undertaken, including:

  • Developing guidelines or frameworks for mainstreaming climate and disaster risks. 
  • Financing additional adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR)
  • Assessment of vulnerability and risk, development of tool and methodology, capacity development, and awareness-raising activities.

Status of Goal 10 Indicators: Philippines

Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promoting a peaceful and inclusive society for sustainable development, ensuring accessibility to justice for all, and building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A central component of sustainable development is constructing an atmosphere of peace and justice, where fundamental freedoms are protected and institutions are effective, accountable, and inclusive.

Violence and its many forms are one of the most dangerous obstacles to development. Violence is pervasive and has negative effects– from stunting economic growth, inducing a sense of insecurity in communities, and increasing health risks for both victims and their families. 

Institutions are important in the development of sustainable development because they help to establish and enforce rules that ensure peace, order, and human rights.

Status of Goal 16 Indicators: Philippines

Significantly reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

Factors associated with individuals who are bribed by public officials at least once or who have been asked for a bribe by public officials.

Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals (Strengthen the means of implementation for sustainable development and revitalize partnerships around the world).

In order to make optimal use of available resources, it requires effective and cohesive partnerships among various stakeholders, including national and local governments, the development community, civil society, the private sector, and other organizations.

 Collaborations in the development of data infrastructures (Sections V and VI) and supporting mechanisms are also necessary in order to implement SDG supporting initiatives at international, national, and local levels

Status of Goal 17 Indicators: Philippines


The Sustainable Development Goals present a bold pledge to reach a level of attainment that had been started by the Millennium Development Goals. Fulfilling the Global Goals requires an ambitious approach that gets all citizens behind the goal of leaving no one behind. The UN calls the Global Goals a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that people enjoy peace and prosperity. The involvement of the different stakeholders in a real and structured manner becomes crucial to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the remaining 11 years, and onward to 2040.

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