On March 13, 2018, POPCOM-CAR spearheaded an orientation on Population and Development Integration for 22 participants in Baguio City. Another orientation followed on March 22, 2018 for 30 participants from all the municipalities of Kalinga Province and Tabuk City.
The reintroduction of the activity necessitated the discussion of basic concepts to allow the participants to refresh their knowledge and to find appreciation for the numerous indicators involved in the planning and decision-making process.
Concerted Efforts of POPCOM-CAR and Partner Agencies
Ms. Anabelle L. Camacho and Mr. Kliene P. Chunanon, Local Government Operations Officer V of Baguio City and Kalinga Province respectively, discussed the local planning structure and processes. They discussed the essentials (who, why, what, when, and how) of planning. Ms. Camacho emphasized Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, series of 2007, which states that the national government agencies like POPCOM can provide technical inputs and guidance for the purpose of dovetailing national thrusts in local plans. Mr. Chunanon revealed the current realities of planning in the province and presented some tools in planning.
The situational analyses were presented by Ms. George Ngolab of the Baguio City Planning Development Office, and Engr. Cynthia V. Imperial of the Kalinga Provincial Planning Development Office. The Baguio City Socio-Economic Profile for 2017 was presented by Ms. Nellie Dela Cerna. Ms. Araceli Abaya discussed the local development indicators for profiling and the tools to determine vision-reality gap, and priority performance and service areas when planning for an area.
Ms. Cecile A. Basawil, PO IV and ARD Designate of POPCOM-CAR, presented in Baguio City POPCOM’s legal mandate, the three program components, and the activities under the three program components undertaken to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Annie D. Calimquim, Technical Section Chief and POPDEV Coordinator of POPCOM-CAR, presented the same topics in Tabuk City.
Ms. Annie D. Calimquim, discussed in detail the basic concepts of Population and Development Integration and demographic dividend. Demographic transitions, population outcomes, interconnections of population and development, and integration of population strategies in existing development frameworks became the center for discussion during the orientation.
Challenges and Responses
The orientation requires careful deliberation from the participants due to the intricacy of some of the concepts involved. However, the participants expressed appreciation on the increased knowledge on POPDEV Integration gained, and expressed openness to further trainings and technical assistance to utilize the RAPID Spectrum Software as an aid in local development planning. Despite having encountered some difficult concepts, the importance of integration of population and development in planning was reaffirmed by the participants. It was also found out that POPDEV Integration is being done to some extent in LGUs.
As part of the agreement in Baguio City, the City Planning Office will provide a copy of their approved City Development Plan and Comprehensive Land Use Plan in hard and soft copies. After election, the trained participants will assist the barangays in Baguio during their local barangay planning to integrate population development dynamics in their future barangay plans. Kalinga Province and Tabuk City, on the other hand vowed to assist Municipal LGUs in their local planning process to integrate the planning approach learned.