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1st DELGOSEA Philippines National Workshop…A Success!

1st DELGOSEA Philippines National Workshop…A Success!
05/05/2011

Philippines

Manila, Philippines. The first National Workshop of DELGOSEA Philippines held on 5 May 2011 at the Century Park Hotel, Manila was a success. With the goal of improving their own transfer concepts, pilot cities were able to share issues and challenges in replicating their chosen best practice and network with academic institutions, media, and representatives from the civil society. The national workshop has two parts; (1) each pilot area reported their progress on the transfer concept and (2) academe, members of the civil society and media were able to provide specific recommendations on how to address challenges experienced by the pilot sites.

The program started with a prayer lead by the Executive Director of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), Atty. Monina Camacho. It was followed by a welcome remarks and project introduction from DELGOSEA Project Manager, Ms. Susanne Stephan. Culminating the first part of the morning session was the introduction of workshop participants and explanation on the workshop objectives and methodology lead by DELGOSEA Philippines National Coordinator, Dr. Antonio Avila, Jr.

Experiences shared

Sharing of experience from the pilot areas, namely; Bacolod City, Misamis Oriental, One Pangasinan Alliance of Local Government Units (OPAL), took significant parts of the morning session. According to Ms. Gilda Lluisma, Human Resources IV of Bacolod City, public skepticism is a major concern in replicating the public-private-people participation of Cambodia in Bacolod City. To this end, the project team from Bacolod City recommended that they need to intensify consultations, conduct studies, ensure private sector support, and utilize the Cambodian framework to address this major concern.

In the case of Misamis Oriental, limited local government unit (LGU) capacity is one of the main issues shared by Mr. Salvador Almine the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator of the Municipality of Naawan in replicating the Phuket Thailand experience. In order to deal with this issue, the project team in Misamis Oriental recommended that there is a need to conduct joint capacity development trainings for the member municipalities, strengthen the role of tourism council in these areas, and mobilize the communities. On the other hand, Col. Wilmer Panabang of Alaminos City, speaking on behalf of OPAL shared that there are issues in replicating and implementing the project. For instance, on the implementation aspect, they recognize that the change in leadership may affect the project’s progress. They recommended the enactment of appropriate ordinances to address this point.

Issues addressed

The issues and concerns shared by pilot areas were addressed through the help of experts from the academe, civil society, and media. In the morning session, Dr. Gaudioso Sosmeňa, Key Senior Expert from DELGOSEA commented on the presentation of Misamis Oriental, Ms. Rebecca Malay, Director for Advocacy and Development Cooperation of Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement imparted her insights on Bacolod City experience and Mr. Ramon Padilla, Network Coordinator of Disaster Risk Reduction Network Philippines shared his insights on the experience of OPAL. These experts validated the pilot areas’ concerns and provided advice on how the pilot areas can addressed institutional as well as implementation concerns.

To concretize the experts’ recommendations and that of the pilot cities, the participants were divided into three groups, each representing the pilot areas. The trainers from the Pattaya Workshop served as facilitators for the break-out sessions. Mr. Patricio De Quiros from ULAP, Ms. Yvette Yap from the League of Cities (LCP), and Ms. Veron Hitosis (LCP), served as facilitators for Urban Environment, Fiscal Management, and People Participation, respectively. Each group provided details on the recommendations given by the pilot areas and the experts. Then, each group reported the results of the break-out session in a plenary.

The workshop was concluded with a synthesis from Mr. Avila and closing remarks from the Executive Director of Local Government Development Foundation, Prof. Edmund Tayao.

 The whole proceedings were made available on-line via live streaming through portgoodlog.org.

 With issues addressed, innovations introduced, and internet coming into play, the first DELGOSEA Philippines National Workshop was indeed a SUCCESS!

For further documents and presentations of the Workshop, see here.