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PIA Press Release
2009/06/12

DTI launches people-based planning in Kalinga

by L. Lopez

Tabuk, Kalinga (12 June) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here is set to launch this month the Local Regional Economic Development Program (LREDP) designed to strengthen the grass-root planning approach of local government units (LGUs).

DTI-Kalinga Provincial Dir. Grace Baluyan said the new planning design is patterned after the system of developed countries like Europe and America. It is now being introduced to developing countries like the Philippines.

This planning pattern is based on two crucial contexts coming from pressing needs of a dominant sector and that of identified target area. It serves as a toll where government could work efficiently with the private sector, who is usually at the using end of programs and projects.

Explaining how this will strengthen the process of planning, Baluyan said community-based surveys are conducted to identify burning issues confronting that specific sector or specific place. The survey intends to gather a more qualitative data, reflecting the actual and pressing needs of stakeholders that are supposed to be addressed in the plans.

After the identification of pressing issues, stakeholders take part in the formulation of the plan through the point persons trained by the DTI to sit with planners of LGUs.

The plan, which has an implementation life of six months to one year, passes through an evaluation before it lapses, giving time to check whether the issues have been addressed or they remain as issues to that particular sector or place.

To assure sustainability, the plan is reviewed and revised and is re-implemented and is transferred to other sectors and places within the municipality or province.

For it to work effectively, recipient LGUs should assimilate its process and provide the necessary support, being the lead in its implementation, Baluyan stressed. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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