Mobilizing Investments and Community Participation in SDGs through GeoMapping in the Philippines

About the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each the Goal and targets by 2030.

Philippines’ commitment to achieving the SDGs

The Philippines is committed to achieving the SDGs by 2030. With 17 targets and 244 indicators, the SDGs require the concerted effort of several government agencies in tandem with the local government units (LGUs).

The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, the country’s socio-economic development blueprint under the Duterte Administration, serves as the implementation mechanism for the SDGs in the Philippines. The 17 goals are integrated into the different chapters of the PDP.

2030 Agenda Transformation Fund commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports the efforts of partner countries to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with innovative activities creating new impetus for the required transformation. In 2018, they issued a global call for proposals for projects and activities to foster the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Over 200 proponents from 63 countries submitted their application to the 2030 Agenda Transformation Fund. Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.‘s (JVOFI) proposal was one of the twelve (12) that were approved. Since 1980, JVOFI has been implementing programs geared towards uplifting marginalized communities, and through this one-year project, “Mobilizing Investments and Community Participation in SDGs through GeoMapping in the Philippines,” (GIZ Project), JVOFI together with its project partners, aimed to contribute to achieving the Philippines’ commitment to the SDGs.

JVOFI partnered with the Benguet Provincial Government, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)- Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) – CAR, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – CAR, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – CAR and the academe namely, Benguet State University (BSU) and the University of the Philippines Baguio (UP Baguio)

The goal of the project is to mobilize domestic resources and private investments for sustainable development through partnerships between academic institutions, private sector networks and the government for the implementation of pilot development programs in specific communities.

The project aimed to instigate discussion among stakeholders and galvanize them to address the SDGs by harnessing technology and visualization tools to communicate statistics for development planning.

Anticipated benefits of the project are:

  • It will facilitate clear targeting and direct government spending where it is needed most.
  • It will encourage participation and collaboration among stakeholders consistent with the integrated approach needed to reduce extreme poverty and build prosperity sustainably.
  • Stakeholder involvement will secure ownership and commitment to align their programs to the SDGs.

The project used open-source mapping software (QGIS) and existing data generated by agencies and local government units.