Thursday, December 10, 2015

Legazpi among best performing LGUs, says UNDP-run initiative
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 9 (PNA) -- After a three-phase training conducted by the Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) and participated in by local government units in Bicol, the JMDI has chosen the City Government of Legazpi as one of the best performing cities in the entire Bicol region.

The measures of selection are migration and development in local governance, Mayor Noel Rosal said in an interview Wednesday.

Rosal said the training focused on the mainstreaming migration and development (M&D) plans as well as building and strengthening local M&D institutions and developing, implementing and sustaining M&D services.

The JMDI is an inter-agency initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the International Training Center-International Labor Organization and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

It aims to maximize the potential of migration for local development through local authorities and non-state actors by upscaling locally-led M&D initiatives through financial and technical assistance and capacity building.

Rosal said Bicol University and the Social Action Center have already organized an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Association to include them in a representation to the city’s local development planning.

The city already has a desk for OFW families and other information campaign to prevent city workers from illegal recruitment and other forms of human trafficking.

"We will also localize the Balikbayan website to pave the way for information needed by the migrant families," Rosal said.

He said his office has conducted training for OFW families regarding financial literacy, capacity building and investment.

The city chief executive disclosed that his administration will hold an entrepreneurial skills training and implement a pre-migration orientation seminar for those who are interested to work abroad in order for them to make themselves ready for any job opportunities.

Rosal said this will familiarize themselves with the culture of other nationalities in order to prevent any culture shock.

The City Government of Legazpi and the Department of Education will also implement a school-based program for the children of migrants to inform them of the situation of workers in other countries and educate them on how to spend their money properly.

He said his administration, together with the Department of Labor and Employment and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs, will implement the reintegration program for displace OFW by providing them a jobs and other forms of livelihood activities. (PNA) JMC/FGS/EPS/CBD/EDS