Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bohol Governor Aumentado Speaks at the MDG Forum in Tagbilaran City

The Philippine Business for Social Progress conducted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and CEO Forum - Phase 2 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on July 4, 2007, at the Bohol Tropics Resort Hotel in Tagbilaran City.

There were 27 participants from various business enterprises, 11 participants from the government, and 6 participants from PBSP's partners, for a total of 44 participants. The guest of honor on this affair was Governor Erico Aumentado of the Province of Bohol.

On his speech, Governor Aumentado said: "...from 52.9% poverty incidence in the Province of Bohol, we have reduced it to 29%. Thanks to all the forces helping us including PBSP... its Area Resource Management Projects in Bohol has been ongoing in the hinterlands in some areas where we have high incidence of poverty. I wish to report to PBSP that in those area, we have liberated our people from the clutches and fears of insurgency. Thanks to you and thanks to PBSP. A big hand for PBSP..."

The Philippines is a member-estate of the MDGs, which has been initiated by the United Nations. The aim of the MDG is to eradicate poverty by 2015. In doing so, PBSP takes the lead in the business sector's response for the MDGs. Thus the business sector has pledged to support four clusters of MDGs: Environment, Education, Health and Poverty.

For Bohol, the Governor encouraged the business sector to support the projects on potable water system in the Municipality of Sevilla and the Caruod Watershed in northern Bohol. PBSP on the other hand, encouraged the companies present to support the projects of the Bohol ARM.