- Written by LGOO II Dexter E. Monserate
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- Published: 18 November 2018
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Ten municipalities of Antique shall be capacitated on the sustainability planning, monitoring, and implementation of local government projects on November 13-15, 2018 in Iloilo City as an offshoot of the Local Government Unit Competency Assessment Tool (LGU CAT) conducted in July this year. The LGU CAT determined the identified LGUs current capacities in the fields of Project Identification and Development, Project Procurement and Contract Management, Project Implementation and Management, and Sustainability Planning.
The target LGUs for the training, “Focused Interventions in Enhancing Local Government Units’ Capacity on Planning and Implementation of Local Development Projects” are composed of Anini-y, Barbaza, Belison, Laua-an, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Tibiao, Tobias Fornier, and Valderrama, all belonging to the 4th-5th class municipalities.
As partner agencies, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Antique Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Antique Provincial Government and the University of Antique (UA) in order to formalize arrangements in the conduct of the training. A pool of experts from both the Provincial Government and UA shall serve as resource persons during the training, which was designed by the DILG’s training arm, the Local Government Academy (LGA).
Among the topics to be discussed are project development, feasibility analysis, resource mobilization, project proposal preparation and negotiation, and developing and managing local projects that directly address the basic needs of the LGUs’ constituents.
“We are doing this to help Antiquenos have a better quality of life,” said Provincial Director Tacda. “We can do this by helping the LGUs to determine which exactly are their needs, and how to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of their projects.”
The training is considered timely as most municipalities in Antique had rather low rating along the area of fund utilization in the latest round of the Seal of Good Local Governance.
“Knowing which projects they could spend their local resources on most effectively, and how these can be sustained is important in raising their LGU’s performance in the SGLG,” PD Tacda said. “We call upon LGUs to do evidence-based planning as well as the localization of Sustainable Development Goals.
UA President Dr. Pablo S. Crespo, Jr. expressed interest in presenting the results of the study as a possible subject for thesis writing. According to the LGU CAT results, most LGUs have not considered sustainability as a factor in their plans. They also expressed their need for a standard monitoring tool for projects.
The training is the first in a series of capacity building activities on project management by the DILG. According to PD Tacda, other municipalities have also expressed interest in undergoing this training but at the moment only ten pilot municipalities can be accommodated.
“We will assess the results of this first volley, then perhaps the Department can consider expanding to other LGUs so that they, too, can benefit from the knowledge.” explained PD Tacda. (LGOO II Dexter E. Monserate, DILg6-Antique)