Private sector needed to achieve MDGs – Imelda

Posted at 06/30/11 6:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The government should already tap the better-financed private sector if it wants to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos said.

In a statement, Marcos warned the government of being unable to achieve the deadline goals by 2015. She is the head of the House special committee on MDGs.

In particular, she cited the need to decrease the number of child deaths and improve maternal health.

“The country’s maternal mortality rate is still one of the highest in Asia.  In fact, several government and international agencies have identified this goal as the least likely to be achieved among the eight MDGs by 2015,” she said.

She stressed health-related industries should provide the needed assistance “because they have the resources and know-how to do so. This cannot solely be a government problem.”

She noted that private offices and companies are now starting to set up lactation centers and maternal health programs for their workers. They also provide nutrition education programs and other feeding projects.

Based on the latest survey of the National Statistics Office, one in over 30 Filipino babies born today will not reach his or her 5th birthday. The risk is higher for children born into poor families.