Expanding the Philippine Indicator System for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Monitoring through Research
The current indicator system for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Philippines includes 155 indicators spread over 17 goals and monitoring 97 targets. Of the current indicators, 102 are in accordance with the United Nations (UN) standards, 28 are proxy indicators and 25 are supplemental. The data needed to operationalize the 155 indicators are regularly produced by institutions comprising the country’s statistical system. In 2017, the Philippines, through the Philippine Statistical Research and Training Institute (PSRTI), the research and training arm of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS), engaged the services of some retired government statisticians to conduct researches with the objective of further expanding the existing indictor system for SDG monitoring. These personnel were taken in as researchers by the PSRTI mainly because of their familiarity of the country’s data system and vast experience in developing and updating various indicator systems maintained by the statistical system. As the researchers of PSRTI, the main focus of their studies was on SDG indicators currently under Tiers 2 and 3 classifications. Based on the results of the studies, additional indicators were identified for possible inclusion in the current indicator system for SDG monitoring. The paper will highlight the findings of these recent researches conducted by the PSS to expand its SDG indicator system, the role of PSRTI in the conduct of these researches, the list of indicators proposed for inclusion in the current indicator system as a result of the researches, and the distribution and classification of proposed indicators by goals and targets monitored.