LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 2 (PNA) -- Officials of the Furusato Minami-Shinshu Green Foundation (FMGF), a non-government organization in Iida City, Japan, visited Legazpi City over the weekend as part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA’s Participatory Local Social Development (PLSD) Exchange Learning Program, Mayor Noel E. Rosal said in an interview on Monday.
The eight-man team headed by Project Manager Oribe Yorinaga and other members of the FMGF has for its main purpose the sharing of knowledge and maintaining good relationship with the Legazpeños as well as validating and inspecting the projects established by the FMGF in the southern barangays Puro, Taysan and Estanza.
The projects were constructed by the FMGF in this city to help develop the whole community of Legazpi so that the constituents will have their own livelihood activities for the uplift of their daily living condition, Rosal quoted Yoringa as saying.
Rosal said the PLSD program materialized seven years ago through a memorandum of agreement signed by both cities on the exchange program and on how the FMGF can participate in the implementation of the programs and projects of the local government unit.
For the past years, Legazpi City has been a recipient of the PLSD special projects of Iida City through JICA’s Official Development Assistance, he added.
Rosal pointed out that the JICA and the FMGF have already constructed the Kominkal model of a multi-purpose building at the Taysan Resettlement Site and now being used in the conduct of skill training, meetings, planning, educational program of the students and other livelihood activities by the residents of the Taysan Resettlement Site Community Development Association Inc. (TRSCDAI).
The Kominkan model is a social educational program in Japan and has proven to be efficient in addressing development problems and the sharing of participatory governance with Legazpi City.
It aims to foster stronger LGU-community collaboration to address poverty incidence in the community.
Another water system established by the FMGF at Sitio San Isidro, Barangay Puro is now a water resource management model through participatory governance being managed by the villagers, Rosal said.
He commended the Japanese team for the continuous support it is giving to the city government for the benefit of the Legazpeños.
He said city department heads, employees and NGO officials have been sent to Japan every year and have attended in training on community development in Iida City, all expenses paid by the FMGF.(PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD