UNMC ASIA PACIFIC AND AFRICA VISIT TABACO CITY'S TINGOG 2015
Tabaco City has always been an advocate of localizing the millennium development goals (MDGs) of the United Nations. Just recently, the ‘Tingog 2015' implementation phase was launched in the City, pushing forward MDGs 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
On Friday, 23 November 2012, UNMC Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Minar Pimple and UNMC Regional Director for Africa Charles Abugre personally visited Tabaco City to gauge the success of the project after barely two weeks of project implementation.
Pimple and Abugre both expressed their delight at the LGU's commitment in realizing the goals of its people through this initiative, most especially in the field of child, neonatal and maternal health.
“Citizen feedback is key to ensuring transparency and accountability in the achievement of the MDGs,” said Minar Pimple, in a published statement of the organization’s website: endpoverty2015.org.
"Tingog 2015" is the newest citizen feedback initiative (CFI) piloted in Kenya, Africa, the tool has been launched in Sehore and Koraput, India in 2011. This localized version, wherein the design phase was commenced in Tabaco City last 17 October 2011, is the fastest way to deliver basic services to the community through the use of text messaging and the internet.
“TINGOG 2015 is a mechanism that empowers citizens to hold their governments to account for the delivery of basic social services,” continued Pimple.
This initiative is a product of the combined efforts of United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), Social Watch Philippines, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and the local government of Tabaco.
"We must bear in mind that MDG commitments can be fulfilled only when goods and services are translated on the ground, when they reach the poorest and those most in need," he further emphasized.
The day before the visit a media launch was held at Romulo Café in Bel-Air, Makati City wherein the big telecommunication players- Globe, Smart and Sun - also showed its unwavering support in this endeavor.