Synopsis: IPO’s and PARCCOM’s Regional Assembly — Reinforcing the Indigenous Peoples Organizations and PARCCOM’s as Community-based Program/Project Monitors, 2007-2010
This is a British government-assisted project supporting the advocacy on good governance. The CCAGG, in partnership with the Philippine Government through the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), trained the Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (IPO) and Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committees (PARCCOM) from the six provinces of the Cordillera Region on project monitoring and evaluation before they were deployed to actual site inspection.
The project launching in Baguio on August 7, 2007 was graced by the British Ambassador to the Philippines, Honorable Peter Beckingham. The CCAGG and PARCCOM members were joined by the heads of regional agencies, local government units (LGUs) and the Regional Development Council of the Cordillera Administrative Region (RDC-CAR).
For three years from August 2007 to August 2010, the PARCCOM members with the assistance from CCAGG, were involved as vigilant watchdogs in the implementation and monitoring of infrastructure projects for agrarian reform communities (ARCs) located in the indigenous villages. As a result, the PARCCOM helped regain and strengthen trust of the IPOs in government-implementing agencies.
During the Regional Assembly held in Bangued, Abra on August 25, 2010, the British Ambassador to the Philippines, Honorable Stephen Lillie was the guest of honor. The assembly was a venue for the 99 IPO and PARRCOM representatives to share their experiences in citizen-led participatory monitoring. The monitored projects included irrigation systems, water systems, post harvest facilities and farm-to- market roads.
The PARCCOM members were also encouraged to support advocacies shepherd by the DAR-CAR Regional Director Renato Navata on: (a) payment for environmental services in the Cordillera Region; (b) serious implementation of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA); (c) implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the region; and (d) revival of the movement for Cordillera Regional Autonomy as embodied in the 1987 Philippine Constitution.