PCSD holds 4th Quarter Meeting
NEDA Deputy Director-General Margarita R. Songco chaired the 4th Quarter Meeting last 19 December 2014 at the NEDA Board Room in Pasig City. The Council agreed to prepare the workplan to jumpstart the process of formulating the Philippine Long-Term Sustainable Development Plan. The meeting was participated by officials from the NEDA, DENR, DA and representatives from the civil society organizations (CSOs), labor and business sectors.
Updates on the Post-2015 Development Agenda /Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Assistant Director Myrna Asuncion of the NEDA Social Development Staff (SDS) updated the PCSD on the activities for post-2015 development agenda. During the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2014, the country put forward the importance of exploring innovative ways to effectively work with stakeholders, establishing global monitoring and accountability framework for SD, localizing SDGs, accounting the lessons learned from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) implementation, and reflecting the migrant worker concerns, among others. These country inputs were based from the Philippines 5th Progress Report on the MDGs launched in August 2014 and National Report on the Localization of the Post-2015 Agenda that was submitted to UN Headquarters in July 2014.
Asst. Director Asuncion also informed the Council of the release of the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet last 04 December 2014. The report can serve as one of the documents that will guide subsequent negotiations for the new development agenda.
Status of the Rehabilitation of Abandoned/ Inactive Mines
Engr. Rodolfo L. Velasco Jr. of the DENR Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) apprised the Council on the different steps for rehabilitating abandoned/inactive mines such as: a) reconnaissance survey/ocular inspection for pre-selection; b) semi-detailed risk assessment and mine structure evaluation; c) preparation of Final Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning Plan; d) implementation of environmental management plan; and e) project monitoring turn-over to Local Government Units. He shared that assessment of selected abandoned/inactive mines was conducted in 2001. It was found out that these mines need urgent remediation and mitigation measures as it may pose significant risk on the mine site, community and surrounding environment.
In line with this, the MGB is implementing the Mine Rehabilitation Program and as of December 2014, it has accomplished the following: a) reconnaissance survey conducted in 17 sites; b) full rehabilitation measures in Bagacay Mines implemented; c) geo-environmental risk assessment and Environmental Management Plan of mining sites in Benguet, Zambales, Marinduque and Negros Oriental completed; d) interim rehabilitation measures in Benguet Black Mountain Inc. and Palawan Quicksilver Mining; and e) on-going Hydrological Study in Marcopper Mining Corporation.
Updates on the Formulation of the Long-Term Sustainable Development (SD) Plan
Director Mercedita A. Sombilla, Head of the PCSD Coordinating Secretariat, updated the Council on the preparations for the formulation of the long-term SD plan. She informed that the stocktaking phase has been completed and the overall vision and key elements of the SD framework have been initially drafted. In preparation for the formulation of long-term development plan, she also shared that a projection SD model will be developed. The model aims to help determine and assess the appropriate development policies and strategies that have to be embarked by the government to ensure the achievement of the country’s long-term SD vision.