21-22 January 2021 — UP-CIFAL Philippines launched the pilot run of the SDG GO: SDG Online Orientation and Workshop which aimed to capacitate the youth in communicating and reporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In collaboration with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region XI, Help Davao Network (HDN), 2030 Youth Force of the Philippines, West Visayas State University (WSVU), and the Junior Philippine Society for Public Administration (JPSPA), the two-day webinar-workshop focused on localizing SDGs, and monitoring and evaluating initiatives and projects related to the Global Goals using the Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) scorecard.
Mr. Michael Angelo Provido, chief economic development specialist from NEDA, provided the introduction of the SDGs and explained the process of funding and resource mobilization especially in data collection and monitoring of projects at subnational levels.
Dr. Reymund Flores, assistant professor of WVSU, gave some pointers in crafting communication plans for mainstreaming of the SDGs.
On the other hand, Dr. Anthony C. Sales, regional director of DOST Davao Region, presented the SETI scorecard and highlighted the need for multisectoral collaboration in what he called the “pentahelix” approach, engaging government, academia, civil society, private sector and media in strengthening efforts towards the attainment of the SDGs.
Engineer Cristeta “Cristy” G. Gallano, managing consultant of Davao River Initiatives, and Dr. Ruth Gamboa, associate professor from the University of the Philippines – Mindanao further explained the mechanics of using the scorecard for project/program evaluation.
Participants proposed projects that would address pressing issues in their communities in line with the SDGs, and measure the projects’ responsiveness using the SETI scorecard.
UP-CIFAL Philippines Director Dr. Edna reiterated the importance of the continuous training of young people on the SDGs in line with the collective mission of bringing the efforts to the ground. She urged the participants to also learn from the communities and help uplift the condition of the marginalized.
Ms. Eah Antonio from the 2030 Youth Force Philippines, served as the moderator of the event, which was attended by at least 60 participants from WVSU.