Manila, Philippines – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently reported that the Philippines continues to rank higher in human development than other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and is also making progress in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The 2013 Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme ranked the Philippines 114th among 187 countries. HDI is a composite index of health (i.e., life expectancy), education (i.e., mean years of schooling), and income (i.e., Gross National Income [GNI] per capita).
The Philippines has also achieved three of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 target. The country is an early achiever in the attainment of the MDGs in the areas of gender equality, disease control, and environmental sustainability. It has succeeded in realizing gender equality in primary, secondary, and tertiary education. The government has been successful in reducing the prevalence of malaria and tuberculosis.
The country is also reported to have achieved the targets on forest cover, protected areas, carbon-dioxide emissions, and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. Official statistics show that we are likely to meet the targets on food poverty, child mortality, and access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities by 2015. The government is doubling its efforts to ensure human development in the country through such programs as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the National Health Insurance Program (Philhealth), and other pro-poor initiatives of the Aquino administration.
The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, Officers and Employees, congratulate the government of the Republic of the Philippines headed by H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III and the National Economic and Development Authority headed by its Director-General and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan, in their continuing efforts to ensure human development in the Republic of the Philippines and achieve the objectives of sustainable economic growth. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!