The Central Luzon Special Regional Committee on the SDGs (CL-SRCS) conducted a Refresher Session on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and PSA’s Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS).  The refresher session entitled, “Localizing the SDGs: Learning and Practising Opportunities”, held last  31 March 2022 via Zoom had 94 participants from the provincial planning and development offices, capital cities and municipalities, state and local universities and colleges.

RDC III Vice-Chairperson and NEDA 3 Regional Director Gina T. Gacusan welcomed the attendees and underscored the timely conduct of a refresher with only eight years remaining towards achieving the 2030 SDGs Agenda. 

“It has become more urgent that we need to ingrain sustainable habits which is shown through the numbers. However, some SDG indicators are available only on a national or regional level. Fortunately with CBMS, we are now able to collect information on a provincial, city, or even barangay-level. I strongly encourage LGUs to adopt CBMS,” RD Gacusan said.

Ms. Rocelle Angel M. Vallente from the NEDA Subcommittee on the SDGs and Mr. Jun Dave T. Patricio from PSA Regional Statistical Services Office 3 served as resource speakers on the SDGs for the Youth and CBMS overview and updates respectively.

Following the theme, Mr. Andres R. Avorque from the Municipality of Orion in Bataan and Mr. Richard T. Guevara from PSA Bataan shared their accomplishments and learning experiences on CBMS.

“CBMS has been a huge help to us local planners. With the data and statistics derived from CBMS, it was easier to design and present PPAs and have them approved,” Mr. Avorque revealed.

Newly-instated NEDA 3 Assistant Regional Director Evelyn Nacario-Castro expressed her appreciation to the speakers and participants, especially for their active participation in the open forum. She also stated that the webinar successfully transitioned into a dialogue for the stakeholders and marked the beginning of more collaborative discussions to strengthen the localization and achievement of the SDGs.

(Liezl Joyce V. Mangalindan, NEDA 3–PFPD)