Bayanihan sa Kaunlaran sa CSJDM, Bulacan:Barangay Development Planning through Participatory Learning and Action
The Center for Popular Empowerment, together with the Sangguniang Barangay of Graceville and the local chapter of Akbayan! Citizens’ Action Party in the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, conduct BDP-PLA which will facilitate the formulation of the 5 years comprehensive and multi-sectoral development program of Barangay Graceville. It will start on August 27-30, 2009. CPE acts as the capacity building partner and facilitator for the BDP-PLA process.
Punong Barangay Len Garcia, who is also a member of Akbayan, initiates a participatory process in development planning. “ We should involve people in identifying priority programs that will be funded by the local development fund. It is only through people’s participation that genuine development will be achieved, “ said the multi-awarded Punong Barangay.
The planning process will be participated in by not less than 50 community members, wherein issues , vision, goals and objectives, as well as projects, programs and activities will be slated for the barangay. The community will plan for the economic,
Unlike before, where annual investment plans are focused only on infrastructure projects, the BDP-PLA process will address and promote holistic and sustainable approach to local development. It will have an integrated and comprehensive plan on economic, environmental, physical/land use, social and institutional development sectors,” said Ed Chavez, Executive Director of CPE. He also added that the process to be done will be aligned with the Rationalized Local Planning System (RLPS)—the planning process being encouraged by the DILG, DBM and NEDA through the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) that facilitates a simpler but participatory and rationalized process of local development planning in the country.
Akbayan Citizens Action Party also took part in the process because according to their local party leaders, participatory local planning and budgeting is part of their vision in pursuing participatory democracy. Gerry Bautista, local Chair of Akbayan in the city said that in progressive countries being ran by progressive political parties, participatory budget process helps in building alternatives and institutionalizing people’s participation in the development process.
The process can also facilitate the process of empowering citizenry because it will give them opportunities that may increase their self confidence in engaging the state by airing their views and ideas on how to pursue development and change in their situation