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YouthVote Philippines-Zamboanga Chapter in coordination with different

youth organizations in Zamboanga City had conducted a half-day Round Table
Discussion on Localizing Sustainable Development Goals. The event was attended
by twenty three youth leaders from different organizations in the city. The event was
intended to increase awareness, and get the commitment and idealism of the youth
in realizing the 17 Global Goals of the United Nations.

The preparation

The facilitator headed by Mr. Jerome Rabara had a one week preparation for
the event including venue reservation, preparation of the materials/kits, design and
printing of the certificates and designation of task for each member of the
secretariat among others.

The Delegates

The delegates come from multi-sectoral group including those from the
community or Out-of-School youth (OSY), LGBT Community, Students, Youth in
Politics, Working Youth and from religious youth group .Majority of the delegates are
leaders of their respective organization. Among the organizations present are the :
Rotaract Club of WMSU, Muslim Students Association, Zamboanga ALS Learners
association, Akbayan Youth, WMSU History Society, WMSU Debate Club and Youth
for Sustainable Change.

The event proper

The secretariat arrived at the venue two hours before the schedule to ensure
the smooth flow of the program. The first 30 minutes were allotted for the
registration of the participants. The event started with an ecumenical prayer and
the singing of the National Anthem. Then the facilitator informed every one of the
house rules or the DOs and DONTs while the discussion is ongoing. They then
proceeded with the discussion proper of the 17 Global Goals and despite the very
limited time the participants were able to make the discussion substantial and

In the beginning of the discussion the facilitator had a brief introduction and
history of the sustainable development goals.
The facilitators have documented and will outline below the issues and
concern with regards to each goal and the ways/recommendations on how they can
localize it.

1. No poverty by 2030
In this goal Mr. Abduhasad argued that it is doable to end poverty by
2030 if only the government shift its focus to fighting poverty seriously,
investing more on social services, promote and support small , medium and
social enterprise, and invest heavily on modernizing our agriculture sector. He
also cites that poverty as defined by the United Nations is the condition of
people living below $1.25/ day or 63php/day. Mr. Cabato on the other hand
argued that in order to achieve this goal locally, the local government should
have an accurate data of people living below poverty line, adopt a scientific
approach, and legislate effective policies to address the issue. The body
agreed that goal number one is doable only with the support of all sectors of
the community.

2. Zero Hunger
They then discussed how they as young people can help in achieving
zero hunger in Zamboanga city. Among the recommendations were lobbying
for policy that will significantly improve the production in the agriculture
sector to provide sufficient, healthy and inexpensive food to people. The
participants agreed that it is possible to achieve zero hunger by 2030 with
the help of all institutions and participation of the constituents. Mr.
Abduhasad further argued that there is enough food for everyone but the
only problem is the fair distribution of the food and the high volume of food
rotted to waste is also a factor to consider.

3. Good Health and Well being

Mr. Bryan, a working youth leader from the city health office
emphasized that for people to achieve good health and well being, the
government should focus on strengthening and improving public health
institutions to adapt to social changes and rising population of Filipinos. The
participants also recognized the importance of having empowered members
of the community where everyone is health conscious and knowledgeable
about health related information.

4. Quality Education
Mr. Canto an education student from Western Mindanao State
University recognized the current loopholes in the education system that we
have. He further emphasized the importance of K-12 system to align our
education system with international standard and improve quality of
education. Mr. Hatalan also expressed his sentiment as learner of the
Alternative Learning System (ALS) and said that there are still a lot of things
that needs to be done to ensure that no out-of-school youth will be left
behind. Other participants also recognized the lack of facilities like
laboratories in the current education set up. The participants recommend that
the education system be modernized by investing heavily on education
infrastructures and technologies to adapt to global changes and to ensure
that no Filipinos, particularly Zamboanguenos will be left behind.

5. Gender Equality
The participants recognized the plight of women and the LGBT sector.
They emphasized that as young leaders they should be in the forefront of
fighting for gender equality. Mr. Rabara said that to localize gender equality in
the city the advocates should be fearless in lobbying for policies to
institutionalize gender equality in all spectrum of society.

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

During the discussion of this goal, Mr. Abduhasad acknowledges the
work of Rotary and other nonprofit organizations in providing clean water to
remote communities. The participants believe that Zamboanga city will
achieve this goal since the city has vast water resources. Ms. Sotito
emphasize also the role of the water district in achieving this goal, she also
cite the ongoing effort of the Zamboanga City Water District particularly the
construction of a more than 10 Kilometers water pipeline to improve the
supply of water in the city. Mr. Hadjula also said that there should be a focus
on technologies that process clean water from the ocean desalination since
Zamboanga City has broad territorial water that can be utilized.

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

Mr. Jumlail, a parliamentarian of the National Youth Parliament
explained the importance of shifting from the current source of energy to an
affordable and clean energy such as solar, hydro and other renewable
sources. He also further explained the importance of young people in shaping
policies that would benefit the environment. Other participants recognized
the negative effect and consequences of the current source of energy. They
believe that they as young leaders can help in realizing this goal.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

The participants agreed that achieving decent work for all is only
possible if the government is serious in ending contractualization, recognizing
the real values of workers as the most important resources of the country and
the government should also focus on bringing in or creating sustainable jobs
for the people.

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

They also believe that innovation, the industry and sustainable
infrastructures is an essential component in sustainable development. They
however clarified that there should be a focus on building green and resilient
10.Reduced Inequalities
The participants also recognized the current inequalities in different
aspects especially on income/wealth inequalities where only a hundred or
thousand people controlled the vast majority of wealth in the world and even
in the city itself. They believed that they should really fight for fair income
and fair distribution of wealth.

11.Sustainable Cities and Communities

The participants see the possibility of achieving this goal locally. Mr.
Perez explained also the importance of building sustainable cities, a city that
does not damage the environment, a city with bike lanes, with a clean source
of energy and all institutions and social services are easily accessible,
transportation is easy and convenient.

12.Responsible Consumption and Production

They also discussed the importance of responsible consumption and
production. They identified food waste as major problem in the city.

13.Climate Action,
14.Life below water, and
15.Life on Land
The discussion was run by an environment advocate Al-nassef Jumlail,
he presented facts about the current climate situation, the life on land water
and how can they as young people help in preserving life and the

16.Peace, justice and strong institutions

The participants see this goal as very timely and extremely needed in
the city. They recognized the threats of terrorism and violent extremism in
achieving peace in the city. Mr. Cabato, president of the WMSU Peace
Mediators Club explained the role of religious leaders, non-government
organizations, and the government in peace building. The participants also
recognized the importance of peace promotion and peace education as a way
of achieving harmony.

17.Partnership for the goals

The participants all agreed that it is impossible to achieve the goals
without cooperation, support and partnership of different institutions such as
civil society organizations, the government, the academe, churches and the
community as a whole. They recognized the importance of building good
relationship with other nations as a means of achieving this goal.

The discussion ended at exactly 4:45 PM, the participants commit

themselves verbally to campaign and localize SDGs in their city. The
facilitator then synthesized the discussion, distributed the certificate of
attendance to each participant and thanked everyone for their active


The event run smoothly, participants were able to express their thoughts on
the subject matter, the venue and food is excellent. However the body recognizes
the limitations of time and they believe that with more time allocated for the
discussion they will learn more from their fellow youth leaders.