By Roi Anthoni Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, June 16 (PIA) – Silliman University linked with two other universities in Iloilo and Davao and with World Bank in setting up a pioneer course on “Localizing poverty reduction targets.”
According to Silliman University Information Officer Mark Raygan Garcia, the course draws on the experiences of Local Government Units (LGUs) and civil society on how they have been able to localize and achieve poverty reduction targets outlined in the national agenda.
Garcia said, it focuses on best practices, challenges and local initiatives driven towards improving quality of life in three Philippine cities namely Dumaguete, Davao and Iloilo.
The course opened on June 9 and will cover a span of three weeks. Participants of the course are representatives from LGUs, academe and civil society in the three mentioned cities.
Garcia said the first four development discussions will focus on the national perspective on poverty. Speakers for the first development session will come from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department and World Bank.
The succeeding discussions will center on national to local initiatives to address poverty.
Participants from the three cities will also present some initiative of their respective LGUs in pursuing local development agenda specifically in livelihood, employment, food sustainability, healthcare, climate resiliency and education areas.
By the end of the course, participants are expected to develop a concept paper explaining how LGUs can better engage community communities and achieve local targets aimed at poverty alleviation and shared prosperity.
The other schools that partnered with Silliman University in this endeavor are Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo City and University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) for Davao. Participants will be convened at their respective schools.
They will be connected via internet during the development discussions except during activities in their areas.
Silliman University, CPU and USEP are part of the Knowledge for Development Community, an organization composed of World Bank partner universities in the Philippines. (mbcn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Mark Garcia, Director/SU-OIP/This article was first published at PIA website on June 16, 2015)