This article is written by :
Communications Officer, PIPES Project, NCIP
with the help and cooperation of the PIPES Team*
TAGAYTAY City, PH — To begin the year in the right footing, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is holding a 3-day Strategic Planning in this Second Summer Capital of the Philippines.
Supported by GIZ-COSERAM, the Strategic Planning is one of the most important events for the Year 2018 at NCIP as the activity is designed to equip and capacitate every staff and personnel of the Commission to do their jobs and responsibilities better, efficiently and effectively: in the delivery of services, project implementation, and empowerment of the indigenous peoples (IPs)/indigenous cultural communities (ICCs).
Spearheaded by the Office of the Executive Director and Project Management Office (PMO), the Strategic Planning which began Wednesday (February 7) is being graced by the presence of the chairperson, commissioners, executive director, bureau directors, regional directors and field personnel.
The activity’s main facilitators are consultants and experts in public administration, namely Mr. Cesar Cuyugan and lawyer Franklin Quijano, administrator and chief executive officer of the Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corporation (PHIVIDEC) Industrial Authority (PIA).
They were specifically requested by the Commission because of their skills and proficiency and their presence is assured to put an affirmative impact to the participants and their work ethics and capacities.
On the first day, the participants were tasked to group themselves and list down the factors which are essential to their being as NCIP employees and their objectives for the stakeholders, the IPs. This activity was for the participants to present “Life Giving Forces” which they consider as key elements to their work and daily motivation as NCIP employees.
Four elements were stated—Strength, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results. After the presentations, similar answers were grouped together and sided to their objective of empowering the IPs through (1) successful approvals of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles (CADTs); (2) capacitating the NCIP manpower in more wholesome and high-spirited way; and (3) the use and maximization of available resources within the Commission in the most efficient and effective way to effectively serve the IPs.
After the Life Giving Forces activity, the “Open Space Technology” activity followed. In this activity, the participants were tasked to set new goals through a method of a mock agenda-setting.
The Open Space Technology enabled the participants to think of headlines or topics which they believe are ideal and essential to the future of the Commission. From the marketplace of ideas, they then were able to set doable projects/programs for the coming years.
The outputs were leaned towards the fulfillment of their stated goals and aspirations from the previous activity such as the empowerment of the IPs, establishment of a stronger institution and efficient work ethics.
Facilitator Cuyugan then analyzed the presentations through connecting the empathic outputs of the participants to the very meaning of the activity and its significance.
“The most important thing seen during the activity was the giving space to the participants to move and speak up on the matters they aim to achieve,” he said. And addressing the participants, Mr. Cuyugan added: “You have the passion, use it. You have to take the risk to be able to win your chance and you make that change happen if you really want to.”
The two activities during the first day of the Strategic Planning enabled the participants to advocate, discuss and criticize (new) ideas, issues and concerns as well as learn from each another, thus enabling their inner core and enthusiasm to work effectively as a unified workforce.
The PIPES Team is composed of Bricks Sintaon, coordination and facilitation officer; Rachel Sitcharon, anthropologist; Belen Olganinon, administrative and operations officer; Gemmarie Dizon, administrative staff under the Executive Director’s Office; and Philip Anghag, senior advisor for the COSERAM core process Titling and Natural Resources Management in Ancestral Domain, who is also PIPES Project Management Office head.