The Regional Development Council is currently updating its Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP) to be more responsive to the realities of the Caraga region. To ensure the success of this endeavor, a series of training was lined-up to build the capacities of the land use planners of the region.
Commenced July this year (2014), a series of workshops and trainings had been and still being conducted that are participated by planning officers of the provincial- and city local government units in the region, private sector representatives and regional line agencies including technical staff of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Caraga Regional Office.
The Orientation on Land Administration and Management and Regional Physical Framework Planning Process in the Philippines was held in Butuan City on July 17-18, 2014. This activity aimed to orient the members of the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) and the RLUC Technical Working Group on land administration system, laws and policies, and familiarized them on the physical planning process.
The same participants attended the second training on Integrating Conflict Sensitivity in the RPFP Process conducted on August 4-6, 2014 in Butuan City. The training oriented them on conflict sensitivity concepts, principles and tools. They also learned how to identify entry points and parameters for integrating GAD concerns in the RPFP, and described the process for the preparation of GAD plan and budget after attending the third training on Integrating Gender and Development (GAD) in the RPFP on August 18-20, 2014.
From September 29 – October 03, 2014 a “Training workshop on the Application of Integrated Ecosystem Management (IEM) in Sub-national Physical Planning Processes cum Training on Map Generation” has been conducted on:
- the orientation of basic Integrated Ecosystem Management in sub-national- and the regional land use plan. With this participants became familiarized with the IEM framework of Ridge-to-Reef or Ecosystem-based Planning Framework, DRRM, CCA, NIPAS and LGU mandates and eCLUP.
- the technical review of Protected Areas/Watersheds (PA/WS) boundaries and Sub-watershed/LGU Jurisdiction coverages, based on their GIS-mapping output. Here participants got acquainted on how to delineate PA/WS boundaries and determine the area coverage.
- the land use and land cover analysis for Caraga region aimed to identify changes in land cover for Caraga region using 2003 and 2010 data of NAMRIA and its implications to regional development.
- the identification of strategies and interventions and their issues and possible solutions identified by the participants.
- the enhanced IEM sub-national management planning were participants got familiarized on the methodology to enhance their respective PA/WS Management Plan.
- the identification of priority strategies and areas for improvement and enhancement of the PA/WS management plan.
- the identification of key public land areas/easements and protection areas.
- the thematic map requirements for RPFP updating and consequently the process flow. Therefore different thematic maps and process flow had been explained and various thematic maps had been generated.
Examples of produced thematic maps, here on existing landuse and landuse 2010:
(please click on the maps for enlargement)
Several experts served as Resource Persons (RPs) during the before mentioned activities. NEDA 10 Regional Director Engr. Leon M. Dacanay and former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Dr. Elmer Mercado served as the primary RPs in the July and September/October training while independent consultant Cesar Villanueva provided the participants the Conflict Sensitive (CS) tools and concepts during the second activity. Meanwhile, former NEDA 8 Asst. Regional Director Ma. Purisima E. Sanopo was the facilitator and RP in the GAD training.
These trainings are part of the GIZ-NEDA project “Strengthening Capabilities in Mainstreaming Conflict Sensitivity and Gender and Development in Regional Physical Development Planning Process and in Engendering Support for the Revised Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016.”
NEDA-Caraga partnered with GIZ through the Philippine-German Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management (COSERAM) Program for the implementation of this project.
By Wilfried Gebhardt, GIZ-Technical Advisor to NEDA Caraga