Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Legazpi LGU, JICA ready community projects in 4 villages
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, March 30 (PNA) —- The local government of Legazpi City and Japan International Cooperation Authority (JICA) are now “fine-tuning” all documents so another set of community development projects could be put up in four southern barangays (villages) of this city.

This was disclosed Thursday by city Mayor Noel E. Rosal during the so-called “Participatory Local Social Development Projects” or PLSD training for community workers held at Alvis restaurant here.

The city administration has agreed to provide a counterpart fund to the projects funded by JICA through Furusato Minamishinsu Green Foundation Inc. (FMGF) that will be implemented in Barangays Lamba, Maslog, Mabinit and Matanag, according to Yorinaga Oribe, PLSD project manager and chief secretary of FMGF.

Oribe said the proposed projects will constitute phase 3 of PLSD being undertaken in the city.

He said Legazpi City is the only local government unit in the entire country that has benefited from PLSD projects funded by JICA through FMGF.

Rosal said the training includes building the capability of community organizers so the projects could be properly implemented for the benefit of the villagers.

He said “institutional building” was also discussed during today’s training to give added inputs to the community workers on how the projects could become sustainable.

Rosal said the community workers will conduct house- to-house visits, create people’s organizations and also hold capability trainings among the villagers in the four villages.

“These will be done to know the possible projects that could be established in their own respective areas,” he said.

After the projects have been identified, these will be processed as part of the Barangay Development Plan before their inclusion during the final planning in the Legazpi City Development Plan.

Oribe said based on the study prepared by Jocelyn M. Cordonez, project evaluator of the City Planning Office and member of the Technical Working Group of PLSD projects, JICA and the city administration will establish different infrastructure projects in 24 barangays of this city from 2017 until 2019.

He said during this period, JICA will provide PHp16 million for technical assistance that will cover organizing and training costs; exchange training program; administration costs; and labor costs while Legazpi LGU will pour PHp29 million for civil works of the projects.

Oribe added the study for the proposed projects was approved by JICA as part of the city administration’s plan to expand PLSD to all the rural villages of this city.

He said the experience of Iida city of Japan will be used as a governance model in expanding PLSD to all rural villages.

This means “development planning will be formalized from the purok (sub-village) level to the village level,” said Oribe.

He cited how JICA has already ensured continuous supply of potable water through a water supply project set up in Purok San Isidro, Barangay Puro in 2005 as part of PLSD.

Another PLSD was the multi-purpose community center called “Kominkan” that was set up in Barangay Taysan in 2013 to serve as a venue for meetings and other forms of gatherings by the villagers.

Both Puro and Taysan are upland villages in the southern part of Legazpi City. (PNA)