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Transfer Concept Development Workshop in Bacolod City

Ms Lluisma (right) in dicussion with participants at the Transfer Concept Development Workshop in Bacolod City
18/03/2011

Philippines

Bacolod City, one the pilots in the Philippines, conducted a workshop on February 17-18, 2011 on Best Practice Transfer Concept development. The workshop was attended by members of the Technical Working Group, respective governmental offices from each pilot area, DELGOSEA Team in Manila, and facilitated by DELGOSEA local coach, Ms Gilda Lluisma. A followed up meeting with potential civil society organization, academia, and private sector partners was further conducted on March 14, 2011.

Bacolod City will focus its replication effort by adapting the approach on public, private and people’s participation on community development of Toul Sangke Sangkat in Cambodia. In the workshop, the participants elaborated on replicating the Toul Sangke Sangkat’s approach on the construction of a youth home for the children in conflict with the law (CICL) as the existing one is no longer in adequate condition. At the workshop opening, Hon. Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City also gave his full support for the construction initiative and encouraged further consultation and involvement of private sector and other stakeholders at the planning stage.

Prior to the workshop, a Technical Working Group (project team) had been created by the City Mayor to deliberate on major issues/concerns currently faced by the City.  Based on its assessment and problems identification, the city experiences some concerns on these following areas: environment, women, children and family.

Construction of a youth home was listed as priority.  At present, it is one of the major programs of the City's Department of Social Services and Development.  The construction of a youth home fits the criteria of being a social problem that works best under a cooperative-collaborative scheme with the different sectors of society.

The city has experienced a significant increase in number of street working children and children in conflict with the law (CICL) which can be clearly manifested by the number of beggars and loitering around the city streets. These street children were also often involved in criminal cases of rape, robbery, pickpockets and drugs trade.
 
With the increase in CICL being handled by the Department of Social Services and Development, and given the limitations on space of the present center and limited budget, the team in Bacolod City believes that a project with the involvement of private-public sector participation will be able to build a new and more spacious center for the youth.  This is not going to be a mere infrastructure project but a project with a conscience that expresses social awareness and manifests social responsibility.