Dir. Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A presents the basic concepts and practices on Migration and Development.

The NEDA Region IV-A assisted the Cavite Province in planning for addressing issues on migration and development (M&D) during an Orientation and Planning Workshop on M&D held on April 15, 2019 at the Provincial Capitol Building, Trece Martires City, Cavite. The activity was attended by 101 officials, M&D focal persons of component cities and municipalities of Cavite Province, staff from the various Provincial Offices, migrant associations, and DTI.

Discussions on basic concepts and practices, reintegration program, and mainstreaming of M&D in local development planning and governance increased the awareness and understanding of participants on M&D.

Staffs from various provincial government offices actively participate in the planning workshop.

The planning workshop identified the priorities of the Province on M&D. Included in the priority activities are establishment of M&D databank, capacity building of M&D focals and LGU staff to respond to M&D concerns, and advocacy and information campaign for M&D mainstreaming in local development planning at the provincial and municipal levels. The Provincial Government committed to address the identified priority concerns and ensured that enabling mechanisms will be developed to assist component cities, and municipalities in mainstreaming M&D and respond to the needs of migrants.

A help desk for M&D in every local government unit in Cavite will also be established along with the rebranding of the Provincial Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office as the One Stop Migration and Economic Resource Center. The strengthened partnership between the Provincial Government and the Department of Trade and Industry – Cavite, through its Negosyo Centers, will be used to assist migrants in their economic activities. The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority – Cavite, on the other hand, will provide technical trainings to interested migrants.

Jennylyn P. Jucutan, NEDA Region IV-A | April 23, 2019