This suggests a high likelihood of meeting the target of 26.7 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2015.

The slow decline in MMR may be traced to inadequate access to integrated reproductive health services by women, as well as poor adolescents and men.

MATERNAL MORTALITY RATIO Since the first reported HIV and AIDS case in 1984, the Department of Health (DOH) has been tracking HIV and AIDS cases.

Eight regions are needing substantial attention: CALABARZON, Bicol Region (Region 5), Central Visayas (Region 7), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao (Region 10), SOCSARGEN (Region 12), and the ARMM.

The prevalence of underweight preschoolers declined from 30.6% in 2001 to 26.9% in 2003 and 24.6% in 2005, the target is 17.25% by 2015.

In 2006, based on the Family Planning Survey, it was down to 162 deaths.

But the target MMR is 52 deaths per 100,00 live births in 2015, which is least likely to be achieved by the Philippines.However, the ADB praised the Philippines for being an early achiever in the following MDG criteria: primary completion rate, gender primary, gender secondary, gender tertiary, tuberculosis prevalence rate, turbeculosis death rate, increasing the number of its protected areas, and ozone-depleting CFCs consumption.It also lauded the country for making progress in reducing under-5 mortality, infant mortality, people with HIV, and improving urban sanitation.Even with the decline, wide disparities exist between regions.Proper nutrition for pregnant and lactating women is also critical.The remaining 14 regions had poverty rates higher than the national figures.