To cater to the needs of various municipal and city officials, LOGODEF organized an Executive Course on Strategic Development Planning for Bulacan local government officials from March 15-18, 2016 at Citylight Hotel in Baguio City.
The local government units in attendance were comprised of the provincial government of Bulacan, two cities, and eight municipalities, namely: Municipalities of Calumpit, Hagonoy, Plaridel, Sta. Maria, San Rafael, Pulilan, Balagtas, and Baliwag; and Cities of Malolos and San Jose del Monte.
To refresh the memory of the new members of the Bulacan inter-municipal team (IMT), LOGODEF Founding Executive Director Dr. Gaudioso C. Sosmeña oriented the seminar participants of the history of partnership between the existing Bulacan IMT and LOGODEF. The seminar-workshop was undertaken to reinvigorate the LGUs’ interest in interlocal cooperation and to identify the next steps in strengthening the existing IMT in the province of Bulacan.
To complement the background lecture given by Dr. Sosmeña, LOGODEF Executive Director Prof. Edmund S. Tayao made a presentation on the “Alternative Interlocal Cooperation Models and Success Stories” and on the “Use and Advantages of Spatial Planning” which are integral topics to be considered when discussing the concept of interlocal cooperation among contiguous LGUs.
After a short open forum and health break, LOGODEF’s long-time consultant and a retired official from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) Dr. Edwin S. Martin delivered a presentation on the “Fundamentals of the Management Process: POSDCORB.” POSDCORB stands for the different processes involved in strategic development planning, namely planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, reporting, and budgeting. The lecture aims to complement the hands-on knowledge of the participants of the management process at the local level.
The first activity for the second day of the seminar started with a workshop which focused on doing a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis of the five crucial areas in the formulation of programs & projects: social, economic, institutional, infrastructure and land use, and environmental. During the workshop, the LGUs were divided into four clusters according to contiguous locations: Pulilan, San Rafael, and Baliwag for Cluster A; Calumpit, Hagonoy, and Plaridel for Cluster B; Sta. Maria, San Jose del Monte City, and Balagtas for Cluster C; and Malolos City, Bulakan, and Provincial Government of Bulacan for Cluster D. Each of the four clusters were asked to assign a rapporteur that will discuss the group’s outputs during the presentation of workshop results.
After a short open forum, Dr. Nestor Pilar, Member of the LOGODEF Board of Trustees, proceeded with his lecture on the “Fundamentals of Planning” and discussed the different types of plans based on scope, the requirements for strategic management, the guidelines for effective strategic planning, goal-oriented project planning (GOPP), and action planning.
Shortly after lunch break, a long-time partner of LOGODEF from the Municipal Planning and Development Office of the Municipality of Tuba, Mrs. Dominga Walang, shared her LGU’s experience on establishing a municipal performance measurement useful in gauging the strengths and shortcomings of a local government unit in terms of service delivery. Her lecture was followed by a second workshop dedicated to “determining the way forward” by answering the following questions:
- Where are we right now?Where do we want to go?
- What are the things that we want or need to do?
- How are we going to do it?
- When are we going to do it?
- What are the milestones?
The participants were divided into three groups in a random manner and was given an hour to discuss and identify the answers to the guide questions. After the workshop, each group was asked again to nominate a rapporteur assigned in reporting the outputs of the group.
To formally close the seminar, Dr. Gaudioso Sosmeña, Jr. provided a synthesis of the discussion during the one and a half-day seminar by explaining the preconditions to achieving sustainability in interlocal cooperation. He emphasized on the need for each LGU to do their own housekeeping first before entering into interlocal collaboration with neighboring LGUs.