As part of the commitment of the Philippines to monitor the SDGs, the PSA Board enjoined all concerned government instrumentalities to provide the necessary data support to monitor the country’s performance vis-à-vis the SDGs based on the indicator framework that shall be determined by the NEDA, PSA and other government agencies through the PSA Resolution No. 04 Series of 2016, Enjoining Government Agencies to Provide Data Support to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Further, in this resolution the PSA was designated as the official repository of the SDG indicators in the Philippines. The PSRTI, on the other hand, was tasked to undertake capacity building activities to help PSA and other agencies generate the indicators to monitor the country’s/region’s performance vis-à-vis the SDGs; and conduct methodological researches to address issues in generating the SDG indicators in line with the mainstreaming of the SDGs in regional, national and subnational/local development planning and policy formulation and to provide information support for the monitoring of the country’s progress in attaining the SDGs.
The Philippines came up with technical workshops on the SDG assessment in cooperation with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and funding support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP). As early as September 2013, the review and discussion of the initial global post-2015 development agenda goals and targets already started. A follow-up technical workshop was conducted in September 2014 to identify the data needs for the monitoring of the SDGs.
In 2015, series of technical workshops were also conducted, the biggest of which were participated by around 300 participants from various government agencies, academe, CSOs and private sector. The review and discussion on the zero-draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit was done in June 2015. To initially identify relevant SDG indicators and to provide inputs to the global indicator framework, a workshop in October 9-12, 2015 was conducted. Immediately after this workshop, a multi-sectoral workshop was conducted to identify the relevant SDG indicators to be monitored in the Philippines.
In May 2016, a follow-up multi-sectoral workshop was conducted after the adoption of the SDG indicators in March 2016. During the said workshop, participants were grouped into different sectoral concerns. The primary output of the workshop was the SDG Assessment Matrix.
The PSA also conducted series of bilateral meetings to fine tune the metadata for each of the tier 1 SDG indicators as well as proxy and supplemental indicators identified starting December 2016 to May 2017 with the following key data source agencies:
- Department of Education
- Commission on Higher Education
- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
- Department of Health
- National Economic Development Authority
- Department of Agriculture
The results of these workshops were considered in the approval of the PSA Board Resolution No. 9, Series of 2017- Approving and Adopting the Initial List of Sustainable Development Goals for Monitoring in the Philippines, which approved the initial list of Philippine SDG indicators for adoption by the Philippine Statistical System.