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Siquijor DILG orients LCE, SMEDCs on OCOV

by Elvie S. Gaudan, DILG

Province of Siquijor (13 August) -- The long been postponed One-Cluster, One Vision (OCOV) Project Re-orientation Seminar for Local Chief Executives and SMED Council Members was finally conducted recently at Dapdap Sunset Grill, Pangi, Siquijor, Siquijor.

The activity was originally scheduled late last year but deferred due to the series of Barangay Newly Elected Officials (BNEO) Enhancement Trainings.

OCOV Re-orientation seminar primarily seeks to give the participants bird's eye view of what the OCOV Project really is. Key topics discussed by main speaker LGOO V Crespo Vios, Jr. were the salient features of the Project, its rationale and legal basis, the Strategies of Clustering the LGUs in the implementation of the Project.

The activity has been an end result of the OCOV assessment conducted two years ago with Regional Planning Officer Leah Abines, findings of which clearly explain that the OCOV Project which is Coastal Resource Management (CRM), launched in 2002 in this province has been inert for quite a time. Since 2005, after the granting of Level 1 Certification by the Regional CRM LGU Certification Committee to the six (6) municipalities of the Province, the Project lost its course and direction.

After 3 years of sluggish development, the DILG provincial office imperatively decided to hold this activity to consult the local functionaries whether the province should carry on with CRM as its OCOV or take a paradigm shift that coherently align with the Provincial OTOP and the Provincial thrust which is Tourism.

Highlighted the activity was the very inspiring testimony of Lazi Mayor Orpheus A. Fua on his OCOV related trip to Japan last year. Mayor "Stag" never gave much emphasis on how the OVOP (One Village One Product, where the OCOV is patterned) operates in Japan but underscored the twenty fundamental principles behind the success of the project in Japan. Best among those principles he mentioned are: "Never Give Up if You Fail", "Try Again and Analyze What Went Wrong", "Start with What You Have", and Never Duplicate". These according to Mayor Stag were the principles of Gov. Morihiro Hiramatsu which gave birth to OVOP that gained success after 60 years of endeavor. The mayor also hoped to experience the OCOV success in 10 years time.

In addition to the main topics regarding OCOV, the SMED Council members are reminded of their duties and functions through a swiping discussion given by SMED and OCOV Provincial Coordinator LGOO II Elvie Samson-Gaudan, while, Tourism Thrust of the province was lengthily discussed by Provincial Tourism Officer Jossette Armirola.

SP Committee Chair on Tourism, Hon. Arthur M. Chan also talked about the common tourism issues identified during the Tourism Council exe-com visit in all LGUs.(PIA) [top]

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