In picture (L-R): Ms. Liza D. Hora; Mr. Ronan Eugene C. Garcia, and Dr. Rolando S. Doria, Private Sector Representatives to Regional Development Council (RDC) XII attended the 2019 EFLW Forum at Maya Pavilion, Paraiso Verde Resort, Koronadal City on November 13, 2019.

City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – About 59 students from seven schools in Koronadal City actively participated in the forum focused on SDG 12: Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), along with representatives from line agencies, private sector representatives, and the local government units in the region. All in all, the forum registered a total of 115 attendees. The forum was conducted on November 13, 2019 at Maya Pavilion, Paraiso Verde Resort, Koronadal City.

The annual celebration of the Economic and Financial Literacy Week (EFLW) is pursuant to Republic Act No.10922. It is celebrated every second week of November and led by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

This year’s theme, “Our planet’s health, the future’s wealth” calls for the concerted efforts towards building an inclusive and sustainable future for our planet through harmonizing environmental protection, social inclusion, and economic growth. In relation to the theme, Ms. Ma. Lulu E. Valencia of NEDA XII presented the Philippines Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework and Action Plan. The SCP was linked to various strategies and/or chapters of the SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Plan (RDP, 2017-2022) as presented by Ms. Gwyneth Grace B. Collado, also from NEDA XII.

Additional inputs relative to the theme were presented as follows: Overview of the Sustainable Development Goals and Report on SDG Watch Goal 12 by the Philippine Statistics Authority XII; Regulatory Tools in Promoting SCP by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) XII; Best Practices on Solid Waste Management by the City of Koronadal; and, Sustainable Tourism Strategies and Policies by the Department of Tourism XII.

BSP distributed commemorative coins to some students who were able to answer trivia questions.

Likewise the forum included a topic on the National Retail Payment by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which envisions to empower every Juan and Maria by having easy access to financial services.

In his welcome message, Hon. Rolando S. Doria, Private Sector Representative for Economic Sector, said “through this forum, we hope to strengthen our collaboration, as student, as government workers and members of the private sector. We need to learn more, and continue to keep ourselves abreast with the relevant socio-economic issues and conditions, gain new insights, nurture new ideas to ensure sustainable practices in everything we do and help in the attainment of SDGs as a whole. (Evie A. Cabulanan, NEDA XII-DRD)