2.0 KRA on Autonomy Strategizing and PPA Formulation and Implementation

a. KFA on DevAd and Good Governance (Advancing Cordillera Fiscal and Administrative Capability)

Lead Agency(s): DILG-CAR with the RDC SeCom on DevAd and Good Governance

Cost: P1,000,000 (2008)

The project is an inter-agency undertaking among the DILG, DBM, BLGF and NEDA which aims to enable the LGU components of the region to demonstrate capacity to create sources of and raise revenues to finance their development agenda. This will help prepare the region for fiscal self-sufficiency in aid to regional autonomy.

The outputs of the project include a Compendium of LGU Best Practices and an LGU Income and Revenue Sourcing Handbook, both of which will be customized to CAR LGUs of varying levels of income classification and development/administrative capabilities. The Income and Revenue Sourcing Handbook is now out. The compendium and selection of applicable best practices is work-in-progress expected to be completed by year-end. Utilization workshops will subsequently be undertaken within the year.

Position paper on Domogan Bill pertaining to direct remittance of national wealth shares to host LGUs has been finalized w/ proposed lobby group members identified & actual lobbying to be done in 2010; Handbook on LGU Sources of Income & Revenue finalized & reproduced w/ training for pilot LGUs to follow; validation workshop for LGU Best Practices conducted w/ packaging & reproduction of Handbook yet to be done in 2010

b. KFA on Social Development (Preparation of Poverty Maps: Towards Poverty Alleviation in the Cordillera)

Lead Agency(s): CHD-CAR with the RDC Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC)

Cost: P1,000,000 (2008)

The project is an undertaking of the RDC Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) led by CHD-CAR that aims to promote/advocate the use of poverty maps for a more responsive and effective Poverty Alleviation planning and implementation in three pilot poor municipalities in CAR, namely Natonin, Kapangan and Kibungan, which shall later serve as the models for regionwide replication. The project helps the three pilot municipalities determine the extent of the poverty problem in their areas, evaluate the nature of poverty across their respective barangays, identify and prioritize programs and projects to improve their poverty situation, and focus on interventions to target beneficiaries.

Poverty maps for the three pilot municipalities have been prepared and presented to the concerned LGUs during the Poverty Map Users’ Validation Forum conducted last July in Baguio City. A culminating part of the forum was the preparation of a Poverty Mapping Action Plan and the signing of a Covenant wherein all the LGU and RLA representatives committed to implement the formulated Action Plan. A Project Development Training was also conducted for the Mayors and technical staffs of the three pilot municipalities, the output of which were project proposal on poverty alleviation and local autonomy enhancement.

c. KFA on Indigenous Culture and Knowledge (Ancestral Lands and Domains Titling Project: Harmonizing Policy Differences on Lands)

Lead Agency(s): NCIP-CAR with the RDC Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concerns (CIPC)

Cost: P1,000 (2008)

Intended to assist the chronically budget-deficient NCIP-CAR, the project facilitates and fast tracks the harmonization of seemingly conflicting policies between DENR and NCIP for faster processing and issuance of land tenure instruments to the IPs/ICCs of the region. In line with project objectives, two consultation meetings/dialogues among NCIP, DENR, DAR, LRA and other concerned agencies have been conducted to harmonize projections of surveys and issues to resolve CADT/CALT registration as well as define the rules and regulations governing the implementation of Section 12 of IPRA.

Also, a handbook on Land Tenurial Instruments incorporating various institutional systems and procedures of DENR, DAR, NCIP and LRA-RODs on land titling has been prepared and launched. 1000 copies were produced and distributed and an initial IEC in Ifugao was conducted. The handbook is expected to be used in the conduct of IECs in other provinces on land tenure instrumentation/land titling.

d. KFA on Physical Integration (GIS Capability Building for Planning and Development of the Cordillera Roads Improvement Project (CRIP)

Lead Agency(s): DPWH-CAR with the RDC InfraCom

Cost: 1,000,000 (2008)

The project is designed to develop a CAR-customized Geographic Information System (GIS) application model or module that shall be used for more efficient road infrastructure planning development and management tool to guide decision-making, programming, monitoring and evaluation, and communication and advocacy for the multi-year Cordillera Roads Improvement Project (CRIP). In the long-term, the GIS facility shall provide a comprehensive spatial analysis of the CRIP roads vis-à-vis the economic, environment, social sectors and other infrastructure. The initial project phase will focus on national roads particularly the CRIP component roads, road/traffic benefits, and value-added contributions to tourism. The GIS facility is so designed to be transportable to other sectoral infrastructure planning, e.g., agricultural infrastructure planning.

The RDC SAF allocation for the project serving as a catalytic fund has spurred the DPWH-CO to approve the request of DPWH-CAR to procure a P2 million GIS software for the project.

Conduct of preliminary planning activities and preparation of required project documents were accomplished. Due to lack of project-takers, the project was suspended. DPWH refunded released amount of 150k on February 10, 2010. DPWH expressed commitment to continue the undertaking utilizing DPWH funds.

e. KFA on Watershed Cradle and Balanced Ecosystem Model (Saving the Watersheds: Advancing the Cordillera as the Watershed of North Philippines)

Lead Agency(s): DENR-CAR with the RDC SeCom on EconDev

Cost: P300,000 (2007), P700,000 (2008)

The long-clamored Regional Watershed Conference was conducted in October 2008 as a project component: (1) to address concerns on deforestation and encroachment of farms and settlements into the region’s watersheds and (2) to respond to the issues raised by the RDC Region I on the pollution and siltation of the rivers providing their water requirements for irrigation, domestic and industrial use. This was attended by 251 participants from the RDC, key officials and representatives of the CAR provinces, NGOs and POs, private sector, academe and media.

The Regional Watershed Conference was undertaken for its purpose as well as to prepare for the North Luzon Inter-Regional Summit on Water Resources and Environment, a CAR initiative meant to coopt Regions I, II and part of Region III to partner with CAR to protect CAR’s watersheds. Again, the SAF serving as a catalytic fund, enticed the North Luzon Agri-Business Quadrangle (NLAQ) Commission to fund the Inter-Regional Summit graced by Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change Secretary Heherson Alvarez last October 29, 2008 held in Baguio City and participated in by delegates from Regions CAR, I and II.

The workshop resulted to the following recommendations and courses of actions: (1) a resolution proposing amendments to the provisions of the Local Government Code for an additional allocation of at least 10% of the LGU’s IRA for watershed protection and management; (2) re-definition of the term “host community” in the EPIRA to include LGUs or communities protecting the watersheds that are the sources of water for hydroelectric power generation; (3) support to the Domogan bill on the direct remittance of LGU shares from the national wealth tax; (4) increase the one centavo per kilowatt-hour of the electric sales provided for in Energy Regulations No. 1-94 for electrification, livelihood, and environmental projects of host communities; and (5) promote the Payment for Environmental Services (PES) concept.

Participation in North Luzon Interregional Summit on Water Resource in May where workshop outputs of CAR Regional Water Conference were presented with interregional TWG created to integrate watershed masterplans of Regions CAR, 1 & 2; draft report on water asset account of Agno River prepared; IEC & advocacy activities on watershed protection & management in Mt. Pulag conducted.

f. KFA on Major Hydro Power Producer (Mini-Hydro Power Development Extension Program: Establishment of a Pilot Local Power Corporation)

Lead Agency(s): DILG-CAR with RDC and Tabuk PMO

Cost: P1,000,000 (2008)

The project is a regional interagency (DILG, NCIP, DENR, NEDA in consultation with DOE) development intervention undertaking to operationalize the Cordillera Energy Producer Master Plan (CEPMP) by piloting in Tabuk, Kalinga a 4MW hydropower development project that is initially locally owned (by Tabuk MLGU, Kalinga PLGU, KAELCO, villagers at the project site and local private investors), assisted to acquire a mini-hydro franchise, then assisted to partner with a proven hydropower investor-operator, and finally guided to acquire project financing to implement and operate the project.

The major project activities conducted include the following: (1) Orientation-Seminar on Mini-Hydro Power Development as a Local Economic Enterprise; (2) Appreciation trips to LGU-owned mini-hydro plants in Bohol and private sector-owned mini-hydros in Bineng, La Trinidad, Benguet showcasing appropriate upland mini-hydro technology; (3) Consultations with the Tabuk Municipal Council, with the Kalinga Provincial Board, and with the KAELCO Board of Directors; (4) Writeshop on the drafting of the Memorandum of Agreement for the organization of the LPC in Kalinga; and (5) Writeshop on project proposal preparation for a CAR-wide Regional Mini-Hydropower Extension Program application. The local power corporation is expected to be organized before yearend 2009.

MOU between CLGU-Tabuk and prospective private sector partners has been executed; finalization of LPC corporate papers for SEC registration to follow. A Project Proposal was prepared and endorsed for DOE funding assistance.

g. KFA on Prime Eco-tourist Destination (Promotion of Tourism Circuits in CAR through International and Domestic Television)

Lead Agency(s): DOT-CAR with the RDC SeCom on EconDev

Cost: P1,000,000 (2008)

The output of the project is an Audio Visual Promotional (AVP) material on the Cordillera promoting the region as an adventure destination and a cultural and agricultural site. It also aims to increase advocacy and awareness on other tourist sites in the Cordillera (not just Baguio, Banaue and Sagada) but on the 8-anchor destinations in the region identified by the DOT. The AVPs were produced in DVD format and shall be aired in both domestic and international television. The project was awarded by negotiated contracts to two Channels, namely ABS-CBN and Living Asia CCI Asia Group considering the outlets/linkages and market reach or mileage of these channels.

Location shoots in the different CAR provinces for the AVP material requirements have been completed by both channels. The AVP package produced by ABS-CBN started being featured in MagTV Atin Ito! Program in July, featuring initially two provinces: Mountain Province (Sagada-Besao) and Abra. The AVPs will be completed and aired by October in channels Living Asia and ABS-CBN.

ABS-CBN tourism promotion video finalized; Living Asia promotion video subject to final approval before airing.

h. KFA on Greens and Ornamental Grocer (Advancing the Coffee Industry in CAR)

Lead Agency(s): DA-CAR with RDC SeCom on EconDev

Cost: P1,000,000 (2008)

The project shall help sustain the capacities of the watershed areas through organic coffee production thereby advancing the coffee industry of the region.

Among the major accomplishments of the project are: (1) conduct of the Regional Arabica Congress in May 2009 where the Regional Arabica Coffee Growers Federation (RACGF) and the Cordillera Regional Arabica Coffee Council (CRACC) were organized; (2) intensification of coffee seeding propagation in 18 CAR municipalities with the procurement and distribution of nursery materials like coffee seeds, nursery nets and seedling bags; (3) conduct of training on organic fertilizer, compost and botanical pesticide preparation in June 2009 for coffee growers and municipal nursery aides, and trainors’ training on facilitating skills development and quality standards in December 2008 for coffee-based farmer leaders; and (4) development and distribution of IEC materials, which were distributed during trainings/Congress, and preparation of a booklet on organic-based coffee production and processing.

Two groups of regional arabica coffee growers (Regional Arabica Coffee Growers Federation & Cordillera Regional Arabica Coffee Council) organized; heightened awareness, interest & propagation of organic coffee production & processing w/ provision of nursery materials to selected nurseries in Benguet, Mt. Province & Kalinga & completion of Beckel Techno-demo Project .

i. KFA on Prime Education Center (Development of the BLIST University Community)

Lead Agency(s): CHED-CAR with public and private HEIs, Benguet PGO and BLISTT LGUS

Cost: P600 (2008)

The project is still in the conceptualization stage with consultations on-going with major BLISTT stakeholders.

500k project allocation realigned to TESDA TechVoc Course Materials but not implemented due to delayed release of funds

j. KFA on Prime Education Center (Factors Causing the Low Performance of Pupils and Students in English, Science and Math)

Lead Agency(s): DepEd-CAR with RDC Sub-committiee on Education and Manpower Development

Cost: P400,000 (2008)

The project is a study on the factors causing low performance of pupils and students in English, Science and Math (ESM) in the elementary and secondary public schools in the region. A major output of the project is an Action Agenda to be implemented by DepEd-CAR to improve the performance of pupils and students in ESM.

The project operationalizes the Cordillera Prime Education Center Master Plan and contributes to the strengthening of the Cordillera Region as the prime educational center in North Philippines.

A first draft on the results of the research in terms of findings and recommended actions to improve pupil performance has been prepared and is undergoing critiquing and validation prior to presentation in a research utilization forum with RDC members and school officials from the Regional and Division Offices.

k. KFA on Knowledge-Based Industries and Agri-Industrial Activities (Cordillera Souvenirs Product Development and Promotion Program)

Lead Agency(s): DTI-CAR with RDC SeCom on EconDev

Cost: P1,000 (2008)

The project aims to fast track the promotion of CAR as an investment area for appropriate investors, and develop/enhance souvenir products for tourism and economic development.

Accomplishments of the project to date include: (1) a Product Development Seminar for Loomweaving conducted in the first quarter of 2009 for eight loomweavers coming from different provinces of the region; (2) LGU Trade and Investment Promotions Training for trade and investment promotion officers completed in May 2009 where draft investment promotion plans per province were the major outputs of the training. A consultant has been engaged to develop prototype souvenir products as well as train MSMEs and the local pool of designers for assorted souvenir products. 295 designes were generated so far an d 267 product designeds were developed and prototypes executed. 60 SMEs were assisted in these fields.

Prototypes of new souvenir products resulting from various trainings conducted & other assistance extended were launched during the IMPAKABSAT on Dec 2-8, 2009 at SM Megamall.