Cebu City UN SDGs Council approved

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THE Cebu City Council approved the measure creating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Council of Cebu City on Nov. 4, 2020.

The ordinance titled “Cebu City UN SDGs Council” was authored by Councilor Alvin Dizon, with the aim to ensure that the SDGs are being implemented on the city level.

The SDGs refers to the global goals over the next decade including ending poverty and hunger and achieving food security; ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being; ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education; achieving gender equality; ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation; promoting sustainable economic growth; building sustainable industrialization; reducing inequality within and among countries; making cities and human settlements safe; ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns; combating climate change; sustainable use of marine resources and terrestrial ecosystems; promoting peaceful and inclusive societies; and strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development.

The SDGs Council will be composed of the mayor as the chairperson and civil society organization representative as the co-chairperson.

The members of the SDGs Council should include two members of the Cebu City Council from each legislative district; the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president; the Department of the Social Welfare and Services (DSWS) head; the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) head; the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provincial office head; the Management Information and Communication System (MICS) head; the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO); the City Health Office (CHO) head; the Division for the Welfare and Urban Poor (DWUP) head; a Cebu City Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) representative; two representatives of the civil society groups that are actively monitoring the SDGs; and representatives from the academe, business and religious sectors.

The mayor is the one to appoint the representatives from the academe, business, religious and civil society groups.

The CPDO official shall be designated as the secretariat who will prepare the agenda, keep all the records, submit an annual report to the City Council and oversee the implementation of the policies and programs.

The term of the members of the SDGs Council shall be coterminous with the appointing authority.

The functions of the council include monitoring and evaluation of progress of SDGs implementation on the city level; facilitating the establishment of city-level SDG indicators and annual targets; preparing an indicative Annual Plan of Action to ensure there is an appropriated budget for the programs and projects for the SDGs; monitoring the City’s expenditures in SDG-related activities; and reporting and monitoring the City’s contribution to the attainment of the SDGs.

The council will also initiate public discussions and consultations on SDGs; recommend to the Executive and Legislative departments to align executive-legislative agenda with the SDGs; undertake research in collaboration with the academe, CSOs, private sector barangays and other institutions related to SDG implementation; and capacitate barangays on the SDGs to translate the goals into their local development plans and strategies.

The SDGs Council shall meet every month and may call for a special meeting as the need arises.

The members of the SDGs Council are entitled to receive an honorarium for every meeting they will be attending.

An amount of P5 million shall be appropriated for the operation and implementation of the SDGs Council’s programs and activities.

The ordinance shall take effect right after it is approved by the Council.

Dizon said given that the Philippines is one of the countries to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is only right to formulate a mechanism on the local level as a platform to concretize the SDGs implementation. (JJL)