The Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) conducted a training on lobbying and alliance building on July 22, 2016 at the Burnham Suites, Baguio City.

The activity was participated by IEC Speakers from the provinces of Abra, Kalinga, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, and Baguio City, representatives from the different line agencies (DOH, DFA, DAR, DPWH, TESDA, CDA, CHED, DOLE, DSWD, DepEd, NEDA, NCIP, DILG, DBM), non-government organizations (Tebtebba Foundation and iPEACE), and other alliance building partners from the LGUs.

Mr. Narciso “Archie” Inlong, a renowned international trainer to both the government and the private sector, and who has served as adviser to legislators and local government leaders, presented to the participants the paramount importance of alliance building in the advocacy on autonomy being pursued by the RDC. His module consists of in-depth and pragmatic discussion of various frameworks and the processes and principles indispensable for alliance building. One is the crucial process of identifying the authentic stakeholders, the allies, the nemesis, and other players involved and how their needs and importance can be utilized in the campaign. Another worthy of application is the IFER Framework, – Introduction, Familiarity, Engagement, and Reciprocity and Recognition – a process necessary in alliance building.

At the end of the workshop, Mr. Inlong conveyed his willingness and interest to serve as a consultant to the RDC in the implementation of its SPCAR program.