2013 Here We Come

TO strengthen operational efficiency and effectiveness this 2013, the four NGO partners of Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc (ZABIDA) held an “Annual Operation Plan” conference last January 7-8 at its newly-built Peace and Development Resource Center in Suterville, Zamboanga City.

Office chiefs and program coordinators of Katilingban Para Sa Kalambuan, Inc., Nagdilaab Foundation, Inc., Reach Out to Others Foundation, Inc., and Peace Advocates Zamboanga, Inc., first held a general review of their past year’s accomplishments vis-a-vis approved plans. The review helped much to assess the strengths and weaknesses in terms of human and other resources, strategies and methods and to better understand external conditions and trends.

The analyses helped fine-tune earlier-designed plans and programs for implementation in 2013.

The consortium’s key thrusts will continue to be in livelihood micro-finance; sustainable agriculture cum environmental conservation; peace-building including culture of peace education, interfaith relations, good governance with a strong gender mobilization, and media advocacies; and community development through such interventions as water system, preventive health, paralegals, and sectoral organizing. For a civil society entity, planning is fairly well-detailed, to include number of target beneficiaries, barangays or schools, etc. Budgets also get a thorough tune-up.

External, special events like the coming May elections and peace process developments were anticipated and given interventional contingencies.

ZABIDA technical director Espie Hupida moderated the whole process, while chairman Fr. Angel Calvo and vice-chairperson Dr. Grace Rebollos led the evaluation and plans review.

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