“Tabuk City is an opportunity,” said POPCOM-CAR Information Officer III, Job Manalang on a “Deepening Session on Population Development (POPDEV) Integration” held at Las Vegas Hotel and Restaurant on June 16-18, 2021.
In the fulfillment of the Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia Ruling, POPCOM-CAR, in partnership with the City Population and Development Office (CPDO) took the first step to “capacitate local development planners and population workers on the basic concepts of POPDEV.”
“Especially that, majority ng pondo ng national government is matuturn over na sa LGU. Si LGU na ang mag-iimplement. Ang ginagawa na ngayon ng POPCOM, per province dito sa CAR, dina-download na namin ‘yong pera papunta sa kanila. So, ‘yong programs ng POPCOM na dati kami ‘yong nagpopondo, kami ‘yong gumagawa ng pondo itself, binaba namin sa Tabuk City.
Tabuk City na ngayon ang nagro-roll out with our technical assistance,” Manalang added.
As affirmed, this transition, to be fully implemented in 2022, is a development and Tabuk City is the first LGU in the region to be visited by the POPCOM-CAR to welcome this step.
The 3-day capacity building activity’s objectives is to introduce the relationships between population and other development sectors in terms of demographic impacts on community development; imbibe the idea of integrating population dynamics and data in consideration of planning development programs and policies; and implement POPDEV Integration in all sectors of development within the community to improve the delivery of programs and services in the long term.
Speakers in the said event are Information Officer, Job Manalang, Project Evaluation Officer Themogen Bosleng, and ARD-Designate Cecile Basawil of POPCOM-CAR.
Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero welcomes this development and encourages all concerned departments in the CLGU to come up with one data base for demographic and population indicators to be utilized by LGU policymakers, program planners, social welfare and development personnel, and population workers among others in their provision of technical assistance on the population development approach to planning.