Comval, Albay launch dev’t exchange program-A A +A
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
THE local government units (LGUs) of Compostela Valley in Davao Region and Albay in Bicol Region yesterday kicked off a learning exchange program on community development with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.
The governors of the two provinces signed the MoU, along with representatives from respective Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional offices and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, along with DSWD-Davao director Priscilla Razon DSWD-Bicol director Arnel Garcia, Assistant Secretary for Operations and Programs Group and Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) deputy national project director Camilo Gudmalin and Joel Mangahas of ADB signed the MoU to officially launch the learning program that will span for six months.
"The learning exchange will be an opportunity for each provincial governors to share their knowledge and experience in the implementation of the community-driven development (CDD) strategy," Razon told reporters.
Gudmalin said there is a need for the LGUs to engage in the learning program as it leads to the strengthening of partnerships, broadening capacities of LGUs and improvement of the CDD systems.
Uy, on the other hand, said he is interested to learn the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) methods of Albay which has been among the country's model in implementing DRRM plans.
"It was the first time that we were hit by that magnitude of typhoon that is why we struggled. So we will look up to the province of Albay who have experienced and survived so many typhoons and other disasters. They will be our model," Uy said.
But despite the strong implementation of the DRRM plan in Albay, Salceda said there are still rooms for improvement and the experience of the Comvalenos when Typhoon Pablo hit the province may shed some light on how to improve disaster-resiliency.
"Among the important factors of DRRM is resiliency. That is why we need to know what the Comvaleños do to adapt because despite the hazard profile in the province, they are still surviving. If the hazard profile of Comval is that bad then why are they still surviving? This just means that the people in Comval have a skill in adapting and that is what we need to learn," Salceda said.
Gudmalin, however, stressed that the learning exchange will not be limited to the DRRM plans but rather it should also cover other topics that will target poverty alleviation on both provinces.
Mangahas, for his part, said ADB will provide technical support to the DSWD. He added that ADB is also co-financing the whole PLGU engagement and Learning Exchange as they are set to shell out some $1 million or some P43 million for the entire program.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 06, 2013.