After a rigorous and broad-based consultative process, Malimono, Surigao del Norte received two awards on May 15, 2014, during the celebration of the 113th Foundation Anniversary of the Province, for:
“Best Practices in Effective Development Planning” and “Best Practices in Maintenance of Peace and Order”.
It is an outstanding recognition with expectations to spread it’s learnings throughout the Philippines.
Handing over of the awards by Provincial Governor Sol Matugas to Municipal Mayor Teodoro Sinaca
Malimono is a pilot municipality in NE-Mindanao which aims – with the support of COSERAM – at establishing initiatives that will achieve a sustainable, ecosystem-based and peaceful developments from upland (ridge) to the coastal zones (reef).
The “Best Practices in Effective Development Planning Award” gives recognition to LGUs for trail-blazing unique planning processes where other municipal governments can learn in order to improve economic, social and environmental governance. These replicable local development planning practices are taking account the integration of gender responsiveness, conflict- and culture sensitivity, aided by the use of tools and technologies of participation ensuring active and meaningful engagement of all concerned stakeholders.
The “Best Practices in Maintenance of Peace and Order Award” acknowledges the municipal LGU’s unique contribution towards peace and order both at the local and provincial level. A notable characteristic of LGU Malimono is the strengthened multi-stakeholder participation in addressing peace and development issues – thereby demonstrating resilience to violence, wherein leaders of both the government and civil society are more and more able to address conflict issues constructively through non-violent ways.
In a number of separate occasions after the awarding, the Municipality of Malimono through Hon. Mayor Teodoro F. Sinaca, Jr. and Engr. Arnel Amalla – MPDC (Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator) have been tapped for the sharing of their experiences. One of which was the province-wide workshop on “Mainstreaming Peace and Development in Local Governance (MPDLG)” held in Butuan City on July 29 – 31, 2014. It was the venue where all Municipalities and Surigao City gathered to reflect, discuss and plan for the alignment of their respective mandated local plans with identified Peace Building and Development Needs (PBDNs).
It is worth-noting that the Municipal Development Council (MDC) of Malimono was the first to adopt the PBDNs to make sure that development initiatives in the Municipality are conflict-sensitive and that they are aligned with the Peace and Development Framework of the Province. Coming up very soon shall be the Municipal Peace and Order Council’s (MPOC) adoption of the same PBDNs so to make sure the discussion and monitoring of local peace and order issues go beyond crime.
By Arthur P. Casiño, Senior Advisor Conflict Transformation to the GIZ-COSERAM Program