BARKING AT THE RIGHT TREE
Three weeks ago, i attended a forum organized by a party-list group, which I will not mention to protect the interests of its representation, cause and advocacy, and the sector it is representing.
It was attended by representatives of selected local government officials from different parts of Mindanao.
One segment of the event was the facilitator asking the participants to identify programs, projects and activities (PPAs) for their respective LGUs, and defend these PPAs, before the participants attending, to the facilitator. After the defense, which in my personal observation was not really a defense in its true sense because all were considered and taken by the facilitator, the PPAs identified and defended were consolidated as proposal to the representation of the party-list for funding.
In my view, the process was pure and simple random thoughts by random participants proposing for random PPAs. In my personal understanding, these proposals only if by accident or by instance of luck randomly selected by agencies concern will be randomly implemented to random people and communities.
Lesson of the day, for LGUs, never propose to be luckily selected. Instead, do it purposely to win approval.
Hopefully, the following TIPS can help:
- Do the homework. Learn, understand and specifically ask national government front line agencies (DOH, DPWH, DA, DENR, DSWD, DepEd, among others) what are their development directions and priority PPAs.
- Do the day’s work. Align local development plans and priorities with the national agenda. This is not to say that LGUs must deviate from their own local development direction. Because the subject here is accessing funds from the national government, which different from local revenue, alignment and consistency is a must.
- Do the report. A letter or a resolution is just a cover page. A concept note is just summaries. While the two are indispensable, a full blown proposal says it all. And it must be backed up with necessary, relevant, practical and timely data and information.
- Do find feedback. Just waiting for reply is static. Deliberately asking for reply is dynamic.
- Do ask for the grade. The LGUs shall make sure whether or not the work done passes or failed. If passed, press on to make more. If failed, learn from mistakes and press on again.
These are some of the things I know, based on my experiences and experiences of other people, that will surely hit the mark, purposely (not randomly).