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UNYPAD facilitates Joint Learning and Resources Mobilization Training Workshop in Parang, Maguindanao

By: Rahim M. Lasak

PARANG, MAGUINDANAO (October 27, 2020) – The United Youth for Peace and Development Inc. UNYPAD facilitated the four-day activity entitled Joint Learning and Resource Mobilization Training Workshop held at RP Linda, Barangay Magsaysay, Parang, Maguindanao on October 19 – 22, 2020.

The training was participated by three of the proponent and partner barangays of UNYPAD in the Municipality of Parang, Maguindanao namely Barangays Moropoint, Kampo Islam and Kabuan in the implementation of the project Public Empowerment and Community Engagement for Good Governance (PEACE for Good Governance).

The participants were comprised of representatives from the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU), Civil Security Working Group (CSWG) and selected members of the UNYPAD in the barangay representing the youth sector.

The activity was the continuation of the project for good governance on each partner municipality in the province of Maguindanao and North Cotabato.

This initiative is funded by European Union EU and implemented by Conciliation Resources (CR) – Philippines in partnership with UNYPAD.

CR Consultant Nery Ronatay facilitated the workshop via Zoom, an online platform for learning commonly used during this pandemic.

The facilitator introduced the Toolkit for Community Security Project, its objectives, framework and structure.

Ronatay also tackled learning and workshop on preparatory actions, identifying community security needs, planning community security actions, implementing community security action, monitoring and evaluating, learning and sustaining, and capacity-building.

Demonstrating their eagerness to learn, the participants actively engaged in the series of workshops.

The discussion on the resource mobilization was done by a long time practitioner Mrs Ma. Brenda Lee Nicolas-Drah. She tackled the institutions with potential resources that can be accessed which include the Local Government Unit (BLGU), Foreign Agencies, Line Agencies, Businesses, donor agencies and the members of the communities.

Nicolas-Drah also gave most of the essential tips and strategies on mobilizing the resources especially in the concept of writing project proposal.

“In mobilizing the resources specifically when the concern is writing project proposal, first thing first to consider is the issues and the problems you need to address in your community, so that whenever your proposal will be successfully granted it will be beneficial to the community,” she underscored

Yusoph Lumambas, Project Officer and at the same time UNYPAD Secretary-General said in his message, “I am very happy because I see that even for little you learn something despite the challenges considering the very minimal time and knowledge we have. You also try your best to make your version of a project proposal.”

Lumambas also emphasised, “What you learned in this four-day training workshop will surely be useful to you especially to your communities and when time comes that the team will no longer in you, the knowledge we leave to you for the couple of years will live forever.

“I have the saddest feeling for it might be the last time we will see each other since the project will end this coming December. Anyhow, I hope and wish that the objective of the project will remain unto you and that is helping the government especially the newly established BARMM government and reach out the far flung and less fortunate barangay in implementing the moral governance,” he stressed

Lumambas further said, “We are thanking for the good things that the project team gave to you.”

Madji Lazair, Barangay Kagawad of Moropoint, Parang, Maguindanao, said in his impression message, “We are here just for you, not just for us, anyway we learn somehow, you earn somewhat, tell us what to do and not how to do and we will show you our ingenuity,”

The training successfully concluded where the target workshop outputs were produced by the participants.

Both the organizers and the participants strictly observed minimum health standards to avoid transmission of the dreaded Covid-19.