PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, PALAWAN–The Regional Training of Trainers (RToT) for participatory Barangay Development Plan (BDP) has successfully piloted its first batch of training from May 8 to 13, 2023, at Hue Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The Participatory Barangay Development Planning-Regional Training of Trainers Batch 1 Palawan Cluster participants, and training team.

The 5-day RToT is a joint collaboration among the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Local Government Academy (LGA) which aims to produce a sufficient number of trainers who can conduct training, coaching, and mentoring on the Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach in the formulation of BDPs in the KALAHI-CIDSS covered municipalities.

The training program covered various topics, including understanding group dynamics, promoting collaboration, teamwork skills, and leadership, as well as bases and principles for Barangay Development Planning and the 10-step BDP and Capacity Development Agenda Formulation Process. The participants were able to apply their learnings through different workshops where they presented their outputs and shared their knowledge.

The first day of training was graced by the Social Welfare and Development Team (SWADT) Leader of Palawan, Eric Aborot, who expressed his gratitude for the continuous collaboration between the DSWD and DILG in capacitating every barangay to implement KALAHI-CIDSS sub-projects in the community. According to Aborot, “ang atin po talagang pakay ay empowerment”.

Karl Caesar R. Rimando, CESO III, Regional Director of DILG MIMAROPA, through a recorded opening message, also emphasized the objective of the training, which is to mainstream CDD in the barangays and assist, coach and mentor KALAHI-CIDSS covered barangays in formulating or updating their BDPs in the 22 municipalities of Palawan.

Eric P. Aborot, SWADT Leader of Palawan, delivering his speech on Community-Driven Development.
EnP-Engr. Marvin Trillana, Capacity Building Training Specialist of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS Regional Program Management Office (RPMO) gave the overview of the training.
Evelyn Buna Cruz, Financial Analyst IV of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS National Program Management Office (NPMO) and Jessamine Penalosa, Unit Head of Community and Special Concerns of DSWD Program Management Bureau (PMB) discussed the importance of team and group dynamics for the first session of the training.
Participants engaged in a team workshop, constructing a tower using uncooked pasta and marshmallows as building materials.
During the second session, Ted Gulan, the Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) of Quezon, Palawan, delved into the fundamental bases and principles for barangay development planning.
For the third session, Social Development Unit Head of DSWD KALAHI-CIDSS RPMO Claire Panganiban, together with Reianne Mae Maranan of DILG MIMAROPA and Ted Gulan facilitated the 10-step process of participatory BDP and capacity development agenda formulation.
Participants showcased their workshop output on Participatory Situational Analysis, simulating the engagement process of the local community during the BDP formulation.
Participants shared their feedback and insights on the workshop outputs through appreciative inquiry.
Participants put their learning into practice during a facilitation workshop in the fourth session.

On the culminating day of the training, Ricardo Tungpalan, the Outcome Manager of DILG Palawan, gave his closing remarks and congratulated all the participants for successfully completing the training.

“Ako’y natutuwa because kanina pagpasok ko po dito, I can see napakaganda ng smile in each of you, of the participants. Ang saya-saya ‘yung ginawa ninyo dito na trainers’ training”, he said.

The Participatory BDP RToT will be implemented in three (3) batches, which cover 70 KALAHI-CIDSS Municipalities in the MIMAROPA Region. The DSWD, DILG, and LGA are confident that the participants will effectively carry out their roles in the KALAHI-CIDSS program and improve the lives of many communities in the MIMAROPA Region with a well-trained workforce.

The second batch for the Romblon and Marinduque Cluster; and the third batch for the Occidental and Oriental Mindoro Cluster will be held from May 15 to 20, 2023 at Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City.