2nd JICA Knowledge Sharing Workshop for Community Development in Mindanao
As a follow-up activity to last year's workshop held in Cotabato City, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted its 2nd Knowledge Sharing Workshop for Community Development in Mindanao last February 27-29, 2012 at the VIP Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. It was participated by ARMM Social Fund Project (ASFP), Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Davao Integrated Development Program (DIDP). Purposely, the event was organized to be able to share the knowledge and experiences among the various community development projects in Mindanao and to establish linkages with the other project implementers/agencies which participated in the workshop.
The workshop showcased the following good practices of the participating projects:
a. The ASFP presented their Community-Driven Development Approach (CDA) through the 7-step process, sustainability through institutionalization and Grievance and Redress System (GRS);
b. BDA's presentation was focused on their roles in program implementation as implementer of Community-Driven Development (CDD), as development plan facilitator, as program contract administrator, as monitor and evaluator and as trainer of partners, as well as the 6-step MTF-RDP CDD project cycle;
c. Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental with its project Enhancement of Local Governance and Community Empowerment in Micro- Watersheds in Misamis Oriental (ELCEMM) presented their good practices in proposal making, implementation of Natural Resource Management (NRM)-Based Enterprises Development, field exposure and practical trainings, project's “in-kind” assistance given through People's Organizations (POs), PO loan policy which includes tree planting and contour farming as requirements, PO policy on collection and repayment, linkages among LGU-NGO-Community and monitoring scheme from farmer to farmer and LGU to farmers;
d. DAR showcased the good practices of the Mindanao Sustainable Development Area Project (MINSSAD) such as community involvement in all phases of the project cycle, tapping beneficiaries as laborers during construction, farmers as para-technicians, cost-sharing and counterparting, and installation of sustainability mechanism; and
e. DIDP focused on the good practices of the livelihood components of its Integrated Food Security Program (IFSP) funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA). Presented were: formulation of project loan agreement and Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) prior to transfer of funds to POs, implementation of “roll-over” scheme of project funds (project replication using repayments), conduct of regular monitoring and evaluation of ongoing/completed livelihood projects, continuous coaching to POs when necessary and tapping of Community Organizing (CO) group trained under Local Governance and Rural Empowerment Project (LGREP) for capacitating the POs of the IFSP.
A site visit was also conducted in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, one of the project areas of ELCEMM, wherein the group interviewed the members of the Tugasnon Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Brgy. Tugasnon. The participants were also able to view the Rehabilitation and Protection of Alubijid River Project (REPRAP) in Brgy. Benigwayan.
The inputs and learnings from the workshop were processed through an activity called “The Sustainability Tree.” Lastly, the participants called for the conduct of a 3rd workshop to be held in Davao City. Field visits will be in the project sites of the DIDP. Ms. Mayuko Shimakage, JICA's Project Adviser in Mindanao, responded that she will work on making this possible; however, the topics to be tackled will be more specialized and specific.