PROGRAM THRUST 2: Capability-building on regional development and autonomy

Program Thrust Objectives:

  • To develop and strengthen the capacities of the RDC and its partners in the RLAs, LGUs, SUCs, private sector to assume the functions and responsibilities embodied in the 8-plus to-be-devolved areas of regional autonomous governance per Section 20, Article 10 of the Constitution.

  • To mainstream to-be-devolved functions and responsibilities per Section 20, Article 10 in CAR RLAs, LGUs and RDC private sector partners as appropriately practicable.

1.0 Key Result Area (KRA) on Direct Beneficiary Capability Building

a. Jump-starting and Capability Building of Coffee Farmers as an Intervention for Poverty Alleviation

Lead Agency(s): OPA

Cost: P250,000 (2007)

In support of arabica coffee farming as a viable program to help alleviate poverty, this project sought to advance the arabica coffee industry in the region leading to the formation of regional and 10 Municipal Coffee Councils in Benguet. A two-day provincial assembly of arabica coffee farmers in Mt. Province was the last activity conducted for the project held in Sagada in February 2009 attended by 35 representatives from seven municipalities.

Coffee planting material propagation nurseries were established in Benguet and trainings on facilitating skills development and coffee quality standards continue to be undertaken.

b. Conduct of the following trainings:

Lead Agency(s): RDC Secretariat (NEDA-CAR)

b.1 Enhancing Fiscal Administration Using GIS

Cost: P724,000 (2007)

Premised on the belief that sound resource management, especially that of ably raising sufficient incomes and revenues is one basic foundation of regional autonomy, the rationale of the GIS trainings is to encourage LGUs to invest in capability building of their staff and the computerization of their real property tax administration so as to increase their revenues. Seven training sessions were conducted where 19 municipalities have started to create digital real estate property tax maps.

b.2 Capacity Program on Economic Diplomacy

Cost: P750,000 (2007)

The rationale of the three trainings on International Protocol and Social Graces conducted is that enhancing the capability of local chief executives (LCEs) and their staff on economic diplomacy is expected to improve the chances of LGUs in funds access. One training for technical staff was conducted with 53 participants in October 2007, another training for LCEs in April 2008, and another for LCEs and technical staff combined in July 2008.

b.3 Institutional Capacity on Project Development

Cost: P592,000 (2007)

The targeted outcome of the three trainings conducted is to access funds for the region through well prepared project proposals. A total of 134 regional and local staff were trained where a total of 59 project proposals were generated as part of the training outputs of which 32 proposals were submitted to NEDA-CAR for evaluation. Of the 32 proposals, 17 projects received funding amounting to PhP17.4 million with the region able to access PhP12.65 million or 73% in grants.

b.4 Institutional Capacity for Product Packaging in CAR

Cost: P741,000 (2007)

The RDC effort to promote the improvement of product packaging in CAR to increase production, competitiveness and eventually sales of CAR MSME products is the rationale behind the trainings and other activities conducted. The following activities were undertaken: (1) two trainings on packaging for MSMEs and government service providers; (2) a business clinic for 14 entrepreneurs engaged in food packaging; and (3) conduct of a study on “Packaging Needs of the Agriculture and Food Processing Industry”.

b.5 Preparation of Investment Promotion Materials

Cost: P1,409,000 (2007)

The RDC effort to attract more investments to the region resulted to this project with 5,000 DVDs and 5,000 brochures of investment promotion materials produced.