Monday, January 7, 2019

WBA conducts 3rd training, focuses on refining operations manual and proposal concepts

Mayor Hans Bud of Maluso, one of the WBA champions, inspires the participants
on the 4th day of the Training Series 3.
Zamboanga City (January 7, 2019) - Selected WBA legislative and executive officers convenes today up to January 12, 2019, for a week-long refinement workshop. According to Noor Saada, MILAB Project Manager, the focus is on refining the draft operations manual and proposal concepts.

Executive director Adolfo "Totoy" Badiola Jr of the Metro Naga Development Council (MNDC) shares the beginning, evolution, gains and lessons learned. and current initiatives of their council. MNDC is celebrating her silver (25th) anniversary this year.

Executive director Johan "Dada" dela Rosa of the Naga City Peoples Council (NCPC) shares the story of people's participation in local governance through the NCPC, a network of people's organizations and non-government organizations from among the urban poor, transport, education, youth, persons with disabilities, women, labor, cooperatives, business, NGOs, peasant; civic, professionals and enthusiast sectors.

Executive director Marilou Penafiel of the Central Negros Council for Coastal Resource Development (CENECCORD) captures the 14-year journey of the council by emphasizing the trigger issues that gave birth to the council, the different partners and initiatives they have undertaken, how they weather through elections and change of leadership and where they are now.

Shaykh Salman Sakili of the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula (UCZP) takes concepts from the Islamic heritage on the values of working together and protecting the environment.

Participants revisited and refined the inputs for the operations manual and proposal concepts.

Mayor Hani Bud of Maluso, one of the alliance champions, visits the participants on the 4th day of the training and inspires them by emphasizing how the collective regional, provincial and local leadership in the area resulted to current gains such as security improvement to infrastructure development to bagging the seal of good local governance.

Western Basilan Alliance is the first interlocal cooperation in Basilan and is being capacitated by the AECID-funded MILAB Project, implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) with the Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) as CSO partner.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

WBA conducts 2nd training, focuses on advocacy, operations manual and conceptualizing proposals

Provincial administrator Manny Muarip relating to the participants
the evolution of the "alliance" idea, and how it transform from working and success
in the security sector towards the development platform under WBA.
Zamboanga City (December 12, 2018) - Western Basilan Alliance (WBA) conducts its 2nd training series from December 10 to 14, 2018, at the Cecille's Hotel, Tumaga Porcentro, Zamboanga City. The training focus includes generating inputs for the WBA's Operations Manual, Advocacy and Proposal Concepts.

Modeling Inter-LGU Alliance Building (MILAB) Project manager Noor Saada said, this is a capacity building initiative to expose WBA's change agents and advocates on the different dimensions of alliance building.

Palawan-based Kareen "Kakay" Oloroso is the inter-local cooperation specialist and training consultant. She emphasized that more than the joint initiatives is the need for shared vision on why WBA should be pursued, what it can achieved and how this shared vision can be pursued.

Miriam Suacito, Executive Director of Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc., in her presentation drives down the essence of CSO participation in local development, tracing its roots and evolution, the laws that promotes it and models and lessons learned over the years.

Zamboanga City-based PDI correspondent Julie Alipala shares with the participants ways on how to do creative messaging through different media.

DILG Provincial Director Mr. Abou Mohammad E. Asmawil discussed "Building Inter-LGU Alliance" on the 4th day from the perspective of it being a mandate under the Local Government Code.

Provincial administrator Manny Muarip relates the unwritten story of inter-LGU alliance that has started to take form in combating local manifestations of violent extremism; and how this cooperation evolve into Western Basilan Alliance. In his message, he emphasizes that alliance should embrace the different sectors and work on the alliance building has just started. "Walang ibang Basilan, iisa lang ang Basilan natin, kaya kailangan natin ito itaguyod at pagbutihin."

Western Basilan Alliance is the first interlocal cooperation in Basilan and is being capacitated by the AECID-funded MILAB Project, implemented by the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) with the Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) as CSO partner.