Five Metro Manila Cities to Undergo Ateneo’s Project Design Course on Inclusive Local Development

Speed Read:

· Ateneo is working with the City of Manila, Quezon City, Makati, Mandaluyong, and Pasig to support the government’s efforts towards inclusive development

· LGUs are undergoing training to ensure that growth and development are experienced by the people



Multi-stakeholder representatives, comprised of Metro Manila’s local government officials, together with representatives from the private sector, NGOs, community members will take part in the Project Design Course on Inclusive Local Development (PDC-ILD) on October 1-3, and October 8 to 10, 2014 at Hotel Dominique in Tagaytay City. The course aims to establish “multi-stakeholder development partnerships” which will regularly generate inclusive development initiatives that will benefit local poor communities.

The PDC-ILD was initially carried out last August, to local government officials in the 4th District of Northern Cebu, representing the City of Bogo, and municipalities of San Remigio, Daanbantayan, Sta. Fe, and Bantayan.

The multi-stakeholder representatives from the five cities in Metro Manila, City of Manila, Quezon City, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, and one municipality in San Mateo, Rizal will take part in PDC-ILD. The six-day course will form Inclusive Development Project Teams that will jointly diagnose, design, plan for, and present a project plan, to the mayors and policy makers.

Community Engagement and Project Design

The two-part course will provide valuable skill sets on Community Engagement and Project Design to the Inclusive Development Project Teams. Part one will cover lectures, workshop, simulation, and actual conduct of community engagemenet, facilitated by distinguished practitioners from the Ateneo School of Government, UP National College of Public Administration and Governance, and the National Research Council of the Philippines. The topics covered are:

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Community Transformability for the LGUs by Dr. Segundo E. Romero, Jr., Project Director-UNIID-SEA, Ateneo School of Government

  • Community Transformability Score Card (CTSC) Focus Group Discussion Process by Ms. Creselda O. Doble, Course Manager - UNIID-SEA, Ateneo School of Government

  • Fundamentals of Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) by Ms. Mary Grace P. Santos, Project Manager - UNIID-SEA, Ateneo School of Government

  • Fundamentals of Social Innovation by Ma. Lourdes Cruz, Immediate Past President, National Research Council of the Philippines

  • IID-Oriented Local Governance by Prof. Wilhelmina Cabo, Assoc. Professor, UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG)

  • Workshop on Best Practice Cases of Inclusive Development

  • Fundamentals and Key Learnings on Community Engagement by Ms. Creselda O. Doble, Course Manager - UNIID-SEA, Ateneo School of Government

  • Community Engagement Simulation

  • Actual Conduct of Community Engagement

Community engagement is embedded in the course. Grouped per city, the Inclusive Development Project Teams will perform data gathering and problem analysis by facilitating a multi-sector (community leaders, menfolk, women, youth, elders, and PWD) focus group discussion in their pre-identified partner community, using the Community Transformability Scorecard (CTSC) developed by the Transformative Urban Resettlement in Metro Manila Project of the Ateneo School of Government. The participants will provide an opportunity for the community to contribute their perspectives on the current problems and their perceived solutions. The Inclusive Development Project Teams will hold a dialogue with the community representatives, to measure and assess social conditions according to six dimensions:

(1) Shelter and living space, (2) Mobility and Access, (3) Livelihood/Economic Opportunities, (4) Social Network and Security, (5) Community Governance, and (6) Integration with local political systems.


Phase two of the course involves a lecture on Project Management, hands on use of project design software (i.e. Project Libre), and workshops on the following topics:

  • Community Profiling

  • Stating Social Problems for Project Design Activity

  • Symptoms, Causes, and Effect of the Problems

  • Stakeholder Analysis

  • Preparation of Project Designs/Plans

At the end of the course, the Inclusive Development Project Teams are expected to present project plans and proposals which their mayors can immediately implement. These proposals are designed to help address the communities’ identified local needs that may range from issues on health, water and sanitation, ICT and business, energy, agriculture and food, and climate change adaptation.

The course is developed and will be implemented by the Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia (UNIID-SEA), a project of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), and is supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

UNIID-SEA is extending the invitation to local NGOs. NGOs engaged in social development work in these cities may also join this course (free of charge). Interested groups may email Ms. Joan Domingo, our Training Course Associate, at joandomingo.uniid@gmail.com, on or before September 29, 2014, Monday, to apply.

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