PSA 11 to conduct census on PWD

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 11 will conduct a first-ever survey on persons with disabilities in Davao Region to serve as basis for policies related to their needs.

Rosendo M. Aya-ay, PSA 11 acting regional director said in an interview on Wednesday that the data will be used to devise programs that will help achieve the targets on PWD welfare in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

He said they are currently conducting a two-week training for the enumerators and planning to start the survey in the region’s five provinces (Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental) and Davao City by next month.

He said the 17 SDGs have 169 targets and 230 indicators and have replaced the 15-year eight Millennium Development Goals that lapsed in September 2015.

“The planning is useless if there is no basis,” he said.

In the SDG website, it says the goal is “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

It covers, among others, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, climate action, peace, justice and strong institutions.

On January 1, 2016, the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.

Over the next 15 years, all countries “will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.” (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)