Village Eco-Governance Development Framework (VEGDF)

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Project Concept

November 20, 2013

Kaisahan sa Kaunlarang Pambaranggay/Unity for Village Governance and Development (KABALANGAY) and Partido Kalikasan (PK) believes that Social Change is not as easy as electing new leaders alone. It requires the need to develop and later implement an alternative system which summarizes people’s aspiration and experiences. Partido Kalikasan (PK) being the primary party’ of interest will learn from the lesson of the past and other experiences from other parts of the region with common geographical and political setting and develop its own version of Green Governance Model. It will take time and effort to realize this.

On the other hand, KABALANGAY and PK believe that the most challenging situation after winning a Village Council seat is to concretize the Greens philosophy and ideology. PK and KABALANGAY further believes that, one among the many approaches that been identified is to develop a program in the thirteen (13) villages that Partido Kalikasan (PK) leaders have won and secured seats at the Village Council. The element that will transpire in the implementation of program will contribute in developing a theoretical and philosophical component of the Village model of governance. The design is the big bold step to begin on what Greens is all about.

In the SWOT (Strength, Weakness , Opportunities and Threat) analysis conducted by the leaders of PK Provincial Directorate of Laguna, three (3) significant points were made apparent during the implementation the program: (1) the party must develop a community base enterprise development project that will deviate from loan driven motivation; (2) ensure the greater number of constituents participation; and (3) ecological base platform in exercising the role of PK elected leaders in the Village Council.

Village Eco-Governance Development Framework (VEGDF) is primarily intended to develop a governance platform that will serve as the party’s template for Socio-Economic/Political model. For PK leadership, our organizational interest to the project is for us to understand on a micro level, how our vision of governance is reflected at the village level.  Sooner or later since we aspire to be in power, PK leaders and members must understand and learn how to manage the government in its own volition and guided by its own summary of learning and experiences - not borrowed or codified from the other part of the region.

Imperative to the success of the program is the role of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation (APGF) in developing networks of likeminded groups and individuals who can shares knowledge, information and other technical expertise that is deemed required to achieve the intended results of the program. APGF represents various of experiences from the member organization and other likeminded networks in the region which represents the same level of organizational status with PK. APGF maintains a catalogue of theory and best practices in the government in power or the emerging party that can be a big help for developing PK to achieve the same level that some other party are enjoying.

Let’s walk the talk!

KIKO C. LABRO, 

National Chairman, 

Partido Kalikasan/Greens PH

 

RATIONALE

The National Council of Partido Kalikasan in its resolution determined the province of Laguna as its pilot area to implement the Village level Eco-Governance development intervention. The lessons derived from the implementation of the strategy will contribute in developing a Governance strategy that will be its basis in challenging an inept political system that put’s the country in its impoverished condition. One among the many approaches that been identified to implement the determined strategy is to participate in the electoral exercise and hoping to secure a seat at the Village Council. Among the 367 Village in the province, the last election secured a seat to twenty eight (28) local leaders of Partido Kalikasan (PK) for thirteen (13) villages.

While PK believes that the most challenging situation after winning a Village Council seat is to concretize the Greens philosophy, among the many approaches which were identified is to develop a program in the thirteen (13) villages that Partido Kalikasan (PK) leaders have won and secured seat at the Village Council.

The “Two (2) Legged Strategy” is the basic strategy of the project concept which defines the existence of the two inter-related element that will influence to the success of the project, i.e. (1) strong political party and (2) elected leaders at different level of governance. The pre-determined element is the basis in identifying the thirteen (13) village of Laguna as its pilot area in the implementation of the Village Eco-Governance Development Framework. For the purposes of developing the framework in the pilot communities of Laguna, Partido Kalikasan and Kaisahan sa Kaunlarang Pambaranggay (KABALANGAY/Village Unity for Governance and Development), Inc. consider two existing laws with significant value for the implementation of the program, the Local Government Code which exercises authority of the Village Councils and Sectoral/Community participation; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act which summarize our advocacy for ecological adaptation framework at the community level. This is made more apparent in the result of the SWOT analysis discussed in the earlier discussion of this paper.

ASSUMPTION/HYPOTHESIS

Partido Kalikasan explicitly articulated in its documents the philosophy and strategy about the needs of Green governance in the country and its explicit relationship to the region. While PK was inspired by the development of Green Party’s in other part of the region, the absence of a template or governance model base on the countries characteristic remains a challenge to develop with. The long road to achieve Green governance in the country will start in developing an alternative socio-political/economic model that will become its basis in challenging the existing inept political system in the country.

PK should deviate itself in too much engaging in thematic issues and propaganda. It is in a man’s character that defines his role in the society in general. On the assumption that PK is working towards building a political party that will challenge every single position in the political arena, PK should introduce an eco-governance model that is based on the uniqueness of the country.

Social Change is not as easy as electing new leaders alone, but introducing an alternative system that is a product of people’s aspiration and experiences. It must be studied at the grassroots level and a common output that derived from the people’s initiative to achieve change.

In summary, developing an alternative political system does not necessarily means to follow on the dictum that society dictates. Green Politics does not necessarily follow that PK must adhere in every letters of how the Western people introduce Green politics in the region or debunk on how the Capitalist word manipulate democracy or the Chinese model of society.  PK will try to reverse that dictum and will develop its own Green Governance Model that inspires from the Village level experiences base on its socio-cultural experiences.

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Village Eco-Governance Development Framework (VEGDF) is primarily intended to develop a governance platform that will serve as the party’s template for Socio-Political/Economic model at the Village level.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE

Acknowledging the latitude of the general objective sought to be achieved through VEGDF, narrower objectives are as follow:

1. To develop the Savings mobilization program at the community (Kabalangay Savings Program) Level;

2. To develop the Community base Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program as an entry Point in developing party’s influence at the village level; and

3. To develop a capability and capacity building program for the elected officials at the Village level.

4. It is a must that there be adequate preparation and consolidation of the respective summary of experiences in to a manuscript i.e. Entrepreneurial Development Program vis-à-vis KABALANGAY Savings Program; Community Base Disaster Risk Reduction and Development Strategy and Effective Delivery of Service and Managing Village Council’s Affair.

STRATEGY

KABALANGAY, local party Institute of Partido Kalikasan Provincial Directorate of Laguna is primarily responsible to implement the VILLAGE ECO-GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (VEGDF). The Partido Kalikasan Village Chapter is the lead organization and will act as the project holder and beneficiaries of the program, likewise the local elected officials of the party will be its lead person. The program will be implemented in Baranggay (1) Majada Out (2) Sirang Lupa and (3) Palo Alto of Calamba City; (4) Sn. Isidro (5) Masaya (6) Tagumpay and (7) San Antonio for Bay; (8) Baranggay Masiit and (9) Hanggan for Calauan; (10) Baranggay Pagalangan, Victoria; (11) Baranggay Del Remedio and (12) San Lorenzo for San Pablo City and (13) Baranggay Pinagbayanan, Pila.

The communities vary from Fishers Community, Agricultural Communities and Urban Village.

For the purposes of implementing the program, a Project Coordinator will be designated to supervise the program and Three Development Specialist will be designated to handle the Enterprise Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Local Government will also be designated.

TIMEFRAME

The elected members of the Village Council will assume its authority and mandated to exercise its power for only Three (3) Years. This is the primary consideration in setting the VILLAGE ECO-GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK (VEGDF) in a three (3) years development phase, i.e. Social Preparation, Resource Mobilization and Soft Implementation and Implementation Phase.

Technically, the assumption of the authority of the newly elected members of the Village Council will start on December 1, 2013 and commence on November 30, 2016.

TIMEFRAME ACTIVITY ASSUMPTION
I. January-December 2014

A) Social Preparation Phase

A.1) Village level SWOT process

A.2) Community Planning-Exercise

A.3) Village Chapter Assembly

A.4) Training Needs and Assessment process

A.5) Resource Mobilization Plan and Project Matching (local and international donors)

B) Pre-Implementation Phase

B.1) Savings Mobilization Scheme

B.2) Village Eco-Governance Training Design: Managing Government Affairs

1.1) Strategic Action Planning in respective village is done with significant considerations on:

a) Capacity and Capability Building Plan

b) Enterprise Development Plan

c) Ecological base policy Legislative agenda is determined

e) Resource Mobilization Plan

 

1.2) Soft Implementation

 
2) January-December 2015

A) Implementation Phase

A.1) Project Implementation in 13 Baranggays/Village

2.1) Local/International Greens commitment on specific KRA

2.2) Internal implementation and monitoring system is in place per Village

3) January-December 2016 A) Exit Phase 3.1) Project Turn-Over to Village Chapter

PHASING

1st Phase: Social Preparation and Mobilization which refers to orientation, planning-workshop, group discussion and sectoral assembly.

2nd Phase: Resource Mobilization which refers to project development, networking of donor agency (local and International) and pre-implementation phase in the second half of the phase.

3rd Phase: Implementation which refers to full implementation of the project.

KEY RESULTS AREA (KRA)

I. KABALANGAY Savings Program (KSP): a community base enterprise development Approaches that will primarily intend to motivate and educate the community against “loan mindset” and develop a Trading system for the basic requirements of the members of the party and the community in general.

II. Community Base Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program (Advocacy, Training and Technical/Logistic Support): primary to its purpose is to develop a community base Disaster Risk Reduction and Management plan that is led by the community; provisions for technical and logistical requirements is one among the many identified intervention of the project.

III. Baranggay Affairs and Governance Training Program: Capability and Capacity building which focuses on the Skills and Knowledge requirements as support system to the listed project.


Stage 2 report: EVALUATION RESULTS OF THE “TESTING PERIOD” FOR GREEN VILLAGE/VEGDF FRAMEWORK