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Integrating good governance, and traditional management systems and practices for peoples organizations of Abra

 

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ne of the Targets of the Social Mobilization Participatory Investment Planning of CHARMP2 is the Strengthening of POs. The strategy applied for the Capability Building Training for the POs of the CHARMP2 covered municipalities of Abra was the integration of the good governance and traditional management systems that were practiced by our ancestors to the existing government systems being practiced today.

 

Mr. Philip Tignonong, a retired Provincial Planning and Development Officer and Provincial Action Officer for CHARMP2 in Abra was been invited to be a Resource Person for the eight batches of Capability Building trainings held in Sallapadan, Bucloc, Boliney, Luba, Tubo, Licuan-Baay, Malibcong and Lacub for August to October 2013 . His lectures centered on discovering the seeds of good governance, effective leadership and source management which are hidden in the given culture and living traditions of Indigenous Cultural Communities of Abra. He stated that such discoveries will lead to the enrichment and enhancement of their capability to govern their ancestral domains and lead their indigenous organizations. This concentrates with the engagement of the good indigenous and modern systems for good governance and engagement of indigenous and modern leadership management systems as to purify and transform the former and present management systems.

 

Some of the traditional governance and management systems identified that are still best to be applied by the leaders of POs in running their Organizations were; Bodong (Relation of tribes), LAPAT (Management of Forest), Respect to Women, Traditional Justice System and Conflict Management. Mr. Tingonong emphasized that the Governance System of the IP is still 100% effective and still best to be applied to the IPOs. He further depicted that the Indigenous Peoples Governance Systems are still effective and has also the basic elements of Good Governance such as; Participation, Accountability, Consistency and Transparency.// Jojo Dicksen

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