NEDA Regional Director Luis G. Banua provided an overview of the forum and delivered his presentation on mainstreaming migration and development in planning and governance.

The Committee on Migration and Development (CMD) of the Regional Development Council, in partnership with the Laguna State Polytechnic University, the Commission on Overseas Filipinos (CFO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region IV-A, conducted the Calabarzon Migration and Development Forum on December 4 at the LSPU San Pablo Campus, San Pablo City, Laguna. The forum’s topics revolved around the theme “Strengthening Initiatives on Mainstreaming Migration and Development in Calabarzon”.

Director Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A and the CMD Chairperson highlighted in his presentation past and current initiatives of the region on institutionalizing migration and development (M&D) in planning, governance or service delivery, training and research through the regional, provincial and local M&D councils and the One-Stop Shop Migration Resource Centers (OSMRCs). Dir. Banua also shared ways to further strengthen M&D initiatives through regular and systematic data collection on migration, identifying and providing funds for M&D programs and projects in local plans, establishing local migration desks or resource centers, and directing Overseas Filipinos (OF) resources to strategic investments.

Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik of the Commission on Overseas Filipinos highlighted the goal of empowering Overseas Filipinos and was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Dir. Luis G. Banua and RDC Co-Chairperson Engr. Ladislao L. Andal.

Undersecretary Astravel Pimentel-Naik of the Commission of Filipinos Overseas also served as resource person and emphasized the goal of empowering OF towards inclusive and sustainable development. This can be done through protecting OF rights and improving their well-being, strengthening engagement of OFs and their families and facilitating their participation in the country’s development and reintegration in the Philippine society. Usec. Naik also shared the results of the 2018 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas which included five OF awardees from Calabarzon who will be awarded for their exemplary achievements on health, design, music and law that brought prestige to the country and helped Filipino communities abroad.

The forum ended with a commitment signing of the participants from local government units, state universities and colleges, migrant organizations, non-government organizations (NGO), and the private sector.

Resource persons from different government agencies, NGO, and the private sector discussed topics on International Migration Issues, Policies and Government Reintegration Program (Ms. Ma. Cynthia DM. Erum of OWWA Region IV-A), Internal Migration Issues and Policies (Ms. Rolagenia G. Reyes of the Commission on Population), Gender and Migration and Atikha’s Reintegration Experience (Ms. Aileen Constantino-Peñas of Atikha, Inc.) and Private Sector Partnership for Migrant Investments (Mr. Bon Ian Dela Roca of the Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative). The M&D focal persons of the provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Quezon and President Marita Canapi of the University of Rizal System also shared their experiences and accomplishments on their provincial M&D council and OSMRC.

Participants from the local government, academe, NGOs and private sector sign as a show of support to promote migration and development initiatives

Theresa Jane G. Cajarte, NEDA Region IV-A | December 07, 2018