Philippines - Mainstreaming migration and development in the governance of local authorities in Bicol Region (JMDI Bicol)
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Brief description of the initiative
The proposed project seeks to localize, mainstream and actualize migration and development (M&D) issues and projects among key provinces, cities and municipalities in the Bicol Region.
Results and lessons learned
Conduct of Bicol Regional Forum on Migration and Development resulting to the signing of covenant by Bicol local government units in supporting the project and M&D initiatives; advocating to the Regional Development Council's Social Development Committee in creating a regional committee on M&D and including a more comprehensive M&D provisions in the Regional Development Plan
Main thematic areas
• Raise awareness of key Bicol local governments on the strategic value of M&D issues • Develop the capacity of selected Bicol local governments units (LGUs) in mainstreaming M&D in their local plans • Establish and institutionalize local structures and mechanisms promoting M&D in the selected Bicol LGUs, and • Develop local projects and services for the overseas Filipino sector in the selected Bicol LGUs.
Advocacy Capacity Building of LGUs and other stakeholders Mainstreaming of M&D through the preparation of local development and investment plans Establishing, maintaining and sustaining M&D councils, resource centers, one-stop shop for migrants Provision of social and economic services for migrants and their families
local government units within the Bicol region migrants and families academe, CSO, private sector, people's council
This presentation enumerates and explains the various policies, laws, regulations, etc. in the Philippines on migration that can be used as reference or legal bases in mainstreaming migration and development at the local level.
Foremost of these legal bases is the Migrant Workers Act of 1995 (amended in 2010) which requires the establishment of an OFW desk in localities as well as the conduct of pre-employment orientation seminar in various local governments. Another major legal basis is the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2002 (amended in 2012) which requires the establishment of the Migrants' Advisory and Information Network in provinces, cities or municipalities.
In addition, the Philippine Development Plan contains at least 60 statements related to migration in 7 out of 9 chapters that can be replicated in the regional or local development plans.
Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino celebrated the 116th anniversary of the Philippine independence in Naga City on 12 June 2014. In his speech, he cited major projects that his administration is currently implementing or are in the pipeline, including the setting-up of the Migration Resource Center in Naga City "to bolster the qualifications of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in different parts of the world".
This presentation details the experience of Naga City in mainstreaming migration in local development starting in 2010 when the MAPID project encouraged local government units to incorporate migration issues in their Comprehensive Development Plan. From 2011-2012, IOM assisted Naga City in piloting the mainstreaming process.
At the end of 2012, Naga City already organized its City Advisory Council on Overseas Filipinos and integrated migration in its CDP for 2011-2020. The paper was presented by Mayor John Bongat during the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden.
Naga City Mayor John Bongat was invited to speak at the 7th Global Forum on Migration and Development in Stockholm, Sweden on May 12-16, 2014.
The GMFD side event , where Mayor Bongat presented together with other local officials from Spain, Eduador and The Netherlands, was hosted by the Joint Migration and Development Initiative. This event took place under the theme "Local authorities: the missing link to harness the potential of migration for development" with the aim of, among others, discusings and showing through concrete examples, the added value of having a multi-stakeholder participative approach to locally led M&D initiatives whereby migrant associations and other civil society and public institutions are involved.
In his speech, Mayor Bongat related what Naga City did in addressing the issues about migration and sustaining the welfare and interests of overseas Filipino workers and their families.
As part of the capacity building component of the JMDI Bicol project entitled "Mainstreaming Migration and Development in the Governance of Local Authorities in Bicol Region" for local government units within the region, the City Government of Naga conducted the first training in Sorsogon City on September 29-October 1, 2014. The main theme is mainstreaming migration and development in local planning and investment programming. Ateneo de Naga University Center for Local Governance led the conduct of training with speakers coming from various sectors.
The topics covered are: 1. Relevance of M&D in local planning 2. Addressing the local data gap on M&D 3. The "how-to's" of mainstreaming as experienced from a regional, provincial and local level 4. The rationalized planning system, and financial and legal framework.
The Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland in Manila, Raoul Imbach, graced the opening of and delivered remarks during the first training under the JMDI Bicol project entitled" Mainstreaming migration and development in the governance of local authorities in Bicol Region".
The training, the first among three capacity building initiatives, was held in Sorsogon City from September 29-October 1, 2014.
In his speech, he acknowledged the various cities and municipalities in Bicol region who were recently included in the 2014 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index such as Naga City which topped the government efficiency category in the city level and Daet which is the over-all top-ranked in the municipal level. He also challenged the participants "to unpack the manifestations of capacity development" so that it will translate to the needs of the LGUs and to the benefit of migrants and their families."
First training for 12 Local Government Units on migration and development under JMDI's Bicol project, Philippines
Attended by 12 local government units in Bicol, the first training on mainstreaming migration and development (M&D) in local planning and investment programming was successfully conducted on September 29th October, 2014 at Sorsogon Paradise Resort, Sorsogon City.
The participating LGUs were represented by the Public Employment Service Office Managers, Provincial, City, and Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, and Local Social Welfare Officers from the Provincial Governments of Albay, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes; City Governments of Naga, Legazpi, Iriga, Sorsogon, Tabaco, and Ligao; and Municipal Governments of Pili and Daet.
The training is the first among a series of capacity building activities under the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) Project in the Bicol Region of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with funding support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the European Union.
The JMDI Bicol project entitled "Mainstreaming migration and development in the governance of local authorities in Bicol Region" led by the City Government of Naga (CGN), is in partnership with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) Center for Local Governance, Associates in Research and Community Education Services, and the regional offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and National Economic and Development Authority. The project aims to localize, mainstream and modernize M&D issues and projects among key privinces, cities and municipalities in the Bicol Region.
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The Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC), during its full council meeting held on December 12, 2014 at The Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City, approved the creation of the Committee on Migration and Development (CMD) as a special committee under the RDC.
Stemming from the proposal of the Development Administration and Social Development Committees of the RDC, the CMD is envisioned to sustain and institutionalize the accomplishments and initiatives in mainstreaming migration and development concerns at the regional level. One of the current initiatives in the region is the project under the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) Phase II.
On March 11-13, 2015, the Ateneo de Naga University-Center for Local Governance conducted the Training on Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining Local M&D Services at Panicuason Hot Spring Resort, Naga City. It was attended by the same participants who attended the previous trainings on M&D held at Sorsogon City and Masbate City with the addition of participants coming from different Overseas Filipino Workers Associations, Social Action Center-Diocese of Legazpi, and key government agencies.
This training event is the third and last one among the capacity building activities under the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) Phase II Project in the Bicol Region of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the European Union in partnership with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), City Government of Naga, and the Ateneo de Naga University.
Converging Initiatives in Engaging Overseas Filipinos and other Stakeholders on Migration and Development
The forum with Filipino community in Hong Kong took place on 27 September and gathered relevant migrants and migrants’ organizations for the purpose of:
- Converging initiatives of migrant groups, national and local governments, CSOs and private sector on local M&D policy dialogue, return and reintegration, and creating an enabling local business/economic environment for development.
- Updating and enhancing awareness of OFWs/OFs in HK of key migrant-related policies, laws, programs/services by relevant government agencies and CSOs to help protect, support, provide redress for OFWs in HK and/or their families in the Philippines; these services/policies aim to defend OFWs against abuses so that they can plan and build their savings, investment and reintegration plans/preparations.
- Building or enhancing the capacities of key migrants/migrant organizations as champions and advocates of the local-to-local dimension of M&D, which could potentially lead to more functional and productive twinning, territorial or sister-city partnerships and arrangements.
- Informing migrants on programs and good practices of national and local government, NGOs, cooperatives, financial institutions that help facilitate savings, investment and enterprise development.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, through its Advocacy and Communications Committee led by the CFO, provided additional support to the forum. The JMDI Bicol, SUMMID Calabarzon, and Migration and Development Initiative in Western Visayas and Region I projects participated. JMDI Bicol was represented by the cities of Naga, Legazpi, Tabaco, Sorsogon and Masbate, and the province of Camarines Norte. SUMMID Calabarzon was represented by Atikha; MDI-WV by NEDA Region VI; and MDI-1 by CFO.
The national government was represented by the Philippine Consulate General in HK (which also represented the Office of the Labor Attache, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Workers Administration, Social Security System and Pag-IBIG under the one-country team approach), CFO and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs.
The private sector was represented by the Soro-soro Ibaba Development Cooperative through Congressman Rico Geron.
A total of 135 participants attended the forum from the following Filipino organizations in HK.
There also were attendees who were not affiliated with any organization. Media entities from HK News, HK Life, The Sun and DBC5 also attended.
A mini-forum was conducted on September 28 at the PLU-DW office for OFWs who were not able to attend the September 27 forum. Fourteen PLU members participated. The issues/recommendations raised during the forum were on expanding the local M&D coverage to include regions beyond those under JMDI; migration and health especially on membership and benefits with PhilHealth; and savings for their eventual return.