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OPINION

The power that is powerless

 

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he CHARMP2 Project is now in its 4rth year of implementation since it was launch last March 2010. The project has four major components which are the Social Mobilization (SOCMOB) which deals with the social preparation aspect of the project, planning and Land Titling. Second component was the Community Watershed Conservation and Agro-forestry (CWCFMA) which is implementing reforestation and agro-forestry projects. Third component was the Agriculture, Agri-business and Income Generating Activities (AAIGA) that deals on livelihood activities which is accordingly the heart of the project and the forth was the Rural Infrastructure Development (RID).

 

The project hired contractual workers that are assigned at the Provincial Coordinating Office which is headed by an organic senior staff of the DA-RFU-CAR as the Provincial Coordinator. The hired workers are assigned to look into the implementation of the different components of the project in coordination with target Local Government Units.

 

There was an organized Provincial/Municipal Management Groups composed of the different National Line Agencies and Department Heads of the Provincial and Municipal Local Government Units and they have power to decide, make policy, they are also the overall project implementer and management. They have regular quarterly meetings and to conduct special meetings if necessary for them to determine the status of project implementation on the field and resolved issues hindering CHARMP2 project implementation. Based on records from the previous minutes of meetings the overall performance of the project is way below the target based on the Logical Framework targets and the Fiduciary IFAD Mission findings.

 

One of the common issue raised by the Municipal Management groups since 2nd quarter of 2011 until the 3rd quarter of 2013 Provincial Management Meeting was the delayed Training Materials resulted to the none or delayed implementation of the projects for Agro-forestry and the AAIGA livelihood projects. The PMG Members who in the CHARMP2 structure is tasked to oversee the project implementation was not able to resolve the issue. The PMG Members lift up the issue during the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) Meetings since it was first raised but until the August 20, 2013 latest PMG Meeting the same issue was being reported from the field.

 

The PMG recommended the downloading of funds to the LGUs to fast tract the disbursement of funds since procurement on various training materials, office supplies etc. is being done at the Regional Office covering the 5 target province but until now it was not granted.  The power of the PMG in this context is meaningless since even though how stiff their command to fast tract project implementation but they have no power to act for the fast releases of program funds for implementation since they have no control to the finance people at the CHARMP2 Regional Office. They are called the management group but have limited power to manage for decisions are the dictates of CHARMP2 top management.//By HBO

 

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