The UNFPA 6th Country Programme of Assistance for the Province of Bohol is a five-year program expected to run from 2005-2009, in the pilot municipalities of Carmen, Talibon, and Ubay, Bohol.
The Provincial Government and Municipal LGUS of the abovementioned municipalities will be the lead project partners, assisted by LIKHAAN (the lead local NGO), the Commission of Population (POPCOM), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
To contribute to the overarching goal of the 6th Country Programme of Assistance to improve the reproductive health status of the Filipinos through better population management and human development, Bohol and three project municipalities plan to follow the proposed three-fold approach of the UNFPA 6th Country Programme of Assistance. These approaches, also called the program components, are made up of Reproductive Health, Population, and Development Strategies and Gender.
The underlying assumption is that gender-sensitive reproductive health strategies can be operationalized in a population and development strategies framework. Proposed strategies will focus on reducing fertility, improving maternal health, promoting adolescent reproductive health, and addressing and preventing STDs including HIV/AIDS, especially for the poor and vulnerable sectors. Each component has specific outcomes and outputs align with the UNDAP\ framework of results, interpreted as they are needed in the province, and in the three municipalities in particular.
The BPFPR, a framework created by the Provincial Government of Bohol to respond to the alarming poverty situation from a few years ago, continues to guide all of its programs and projects. The above illustration shows how these programs and projects work together to achieve the ultimate goal of poverty reduction.
The BPFPR provides both strategic direction and tactical maneuvers for the crucial war against poverty in Bohol.
This is to ensure a well-coordinated and effective all-out attack against poverty, and to concentrate available expertise and resources, combined with the latent creativity and inventiveness of local communities. It provides guidelines in creating poverty-responsive policies, plans, programs and projects. The Local Government Poverty Database and Monitoring System (LGPDMS) has been developed by the Provincial Government under this framework, in cooperation with a local NGO, the Bohol Local Development Foundation (BLDF).
The BPFPR adopts a two-fold strategy: to assist as many people as possible through projects and development interventions; and to stimulate economic growth in order to make poverty reduction sustainable.
The BIWRMP is a project of the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and the Provincial Government of Bohol, effectively the third phase of the GTZ support to the DILG Water Supply and Sanitation Management Office, which has been expanded to assist the Provincial Government in planning water supply and wastewater disposal in accordance with the principles of integrated water resource management.
Projects Key Outputs
- The Provincial Water Supply, Sewerage and Sanitation Sector Plan (PW4SP) will be used as a guide for the monitoring, coordination and implementation of projects;
- Participatory approaches will be formulated and applied with LGUs and local communities in the use of the PW4SP as basis for projects identification and development towards integrated water resource development;
- Policies and strategies will be promoted to support the targets outlined in the National Master Plan for Water Supply, Sewerage and Sanitation for the various sectors;
- Solutions to address water-related problems will be tested and demonstrated;
- Monitoring information on integrated water resources management (IWRM) will be made available at all levels;
- Appropriate action for IWRM will be recommended and its implementation assured
LandCare is an Australian-initiated methodology advocating partnership among the community, government and business to ‘do something practical’ about protecting and repairing the environment, especially in the area of land degradation.
LandCare in gaining momentum across the world with Australia playing a key role in assisting other countries through to develop landcare programs. Landcare is now underway in the USA, Philippines, South Africa and New Zealand.
In the Philippines, the project is implemented via a partnership of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and the International Centre for Research in AgroForestry (ICRAF), and is officially known as the “ACIAR-AusAID Philippines-Australia Landcare Project”. Its pilot sites in Bohol are located at the Carood and Inabanga watersheds.
PATSARRD is a tri-partite project of the Philippine National Government (through the Department of Agrarian Reform, the implementing agency), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations ( the executing agency), and the Australian Government (through AusAID, the funding institution). The project covers Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in five priority provinces, one which is Bohol.
Projects aim to:
- Increase the ability of agrarian reform beneficiary families (ARBs) to influence their own wellbeing by incorporating cost-effective, sustained and participatory planning processes into regular DAR and LGU operations:
- Strengthen and establish mechanisms for cooperation between departments, LGUs, universities, private firms, donors and others working to improve ARBs’ economic and social conditions;
- Develop innovate approaches to beneficiary economic development (farm and non-farm) including marketing and micro-finance services, with emphasis in private sector involvement; and
- Pay particular attention to gender and equity issues and to the institutionalization of activities and processes within DAR and other agencies.
It was launch in March 21, 2003 in Bohol, to give technical support to the government in implementing the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Major types of assistance include planning, beneficiaries’ economic development, monitoring and evaluation and support services coordination and integration, which includes the operationalization of the KALAHI Farmer’s Center (KFC). The KFC was launch on August 11, 2003, primarily to provide required services and facilities to increase income in priority areas of development, namely ARCs and KALAHI Agrarian Reform Zones.