Child actor Zaijian Jaranilla who portrayed the role of miraculous boy "Santino" from the hit series May Bukas Pa of ABS-CBN pleads to everyone, candidates and voters alike, to support MDG No. 4 which is to reduce child mortality.
Millennium Development Goal No. 4 aims to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the mortality rate of children, under-five years old.
Infant mortality rate (IMR) has also been decreasing from 57 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990, to 35 in 1998, to 30 in 2003 (see Figure 6) and in 2006, it declined further to 24 deaths. The decline from 1990 to 2006 in infant mortality rate was about 58 percent. Similarly, the likelihood of attaining the MDG target for IMR is high. It should be further noted that the MTPDP 2004-2010 aims to reduce the IMR to 17 per 1,000 live births by 2010, a much greater decline than the 2015 MDG target.
Still, there were regions that in 2006 had infant mortality rates exceeding the national average of 24 deaths per 1,000 live births. These were Cordillera (29), MIMAROPA (32), Bicol (26), Eastern Visayas (29), Zamboanga (38), Davao (28), CARAGA (28), and the ARMM (31).