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Bucloc IPO's attend capability building seminar



t is people empowered as you are, more than any government initiative or scientific breakthrough that can overcome the obstacles for a better world."




This was a statement by the former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. This same statement bespirited the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) -- particularly its Social Mobilization, Participatory Investment Planning and Land Titling (SMPIPLT) Component -- to conduct a Capability Building Seminar for Indigenous People's Organizations. In Bucloc, Abra, this event became a trailblazer.


Officers of Farmers' Associations (FA's) and Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC's) from all the four CHARMP-covered barangays of Bucloc, Abra actively participated in the Capability Building Seminar for Indigenous People's Organizations last August 21 to 22, 2013 at the Lubuangen Hall in Lamao, Bucloc.


The resource persons were retired Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator of Abra, Mr. Philip Tinggonong; Community Development Officer Julio Earl Dicksen; the Provincial Coordination Officer for CHARMP2-Abra, Dr. Rosemarie B. Tesoro; and the Provincial Supervisor, Mr. Jovito P. Testado.


"Although the role of each of the officers and members of an organization is important, the role of the leader is the most important," emphasized Mr. Philip Tinggonong in his lecture on Managerial and Organizational Development. He also encouraged the participants to "think out of the box" in leadership, as this could encourage them to become more proactive and critical-thinking.


There were 35 women and 14 men who attended during the seminar.

"Finally, we expect that even when the CHARMP2 will no longer be existing as a special project, your organizations will still exist," said Dr. Rosemarie B. Tesoro in her closing speech.

//Hope Lulet A. Lomioan

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