Author: Teresita Tanhuenco-Tumapon
Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Philippine Statistics Authority.
MULTI-TASKING aptly describes the daily lives of academic managers. Besides those responsibilities on internal matters (instructional supervision, curriculum design and development, strategic planning, etc.), there are those addressed to various publics. Universities are not ivory towers, and as I have often remarked to our academic constituents, “there should be no wall between the gown and the town.” So, it has always been. One of such tasks is to give either the opening or closing remarks, a message, a welcome to an audience. The event could be co-hosted with an external entity. I share some thoughts from the closing remarks after a two-day presentation of research studies on food security by the Northern Mindanao Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (NOMCAARRD) co-hosted with the university. Though half a decade ago, the same issues persist, such as price increases in basic goods, gasoline, light and water included.
In retrospect – the millennium goals and SDGs for 2030. The millennium goals of 2015 continue to preoccupy the far corners of the world. They have spawned the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for Agenda 2030 exhorting governments to focus on each of these SDGs – “a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations.”
These broad goals “are interrelated though each has its own targets to achieve.