Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) representatives met with seven local government unit (LGU) stakeholders in Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao and two local partners during the Project EMPOWERing visit last May 10 to 12, 2012.
The visit was conducted to collect and document initial data and information for the case studies covering different LGUs in Misamis Oriental: Cagayan de Oro City, Laguindingan, El Salvador, Opol, Togolan, Jasaan, and Medina.
On May 10, ASSIST held a luncheon meeting with the CDO Project Team, Xavier University, Department of Interior and Local Government Region 10, and STEAG, one of the funders of the project.
The next two days featured the visit to the LGUs, who were provided information on the following areas: brief socio-economic profile of their localities, project composition team; status of the project implementation; initial benefits of the project; challenges encountered and initial lessons learned; and plan to sustain the project after the PPP project.
ASSIST Partnership and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson, Services Manager Matthias Wichmann and Projects and Grants Management Associate Marivic Mamaradlo joined the visit.
Project EMPOWERing: or Project Enhanced Monitoring System on Poverty Watch for a more Effective and Responsive Approach in Governance is a PPP project jointly funded by DEG and STEAG and implemented by Xavier University, Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Network Coordinating Team, DILG and ASSIST. The project has been running since October 2011.
EMPOWERing focuses on updating the database and information system of the Planning Offices of Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental.
The remaining 6 municipalities served as pilot communities for the implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), a tool of strategic importance to the industrialization and eco-tourism potential of Northern Mindanao. #