The last batch of 50 barangay leaders who trained in community good governance has completed the final 2-day session today, January 22. They belong to picturesque Barangay Pasonanca, and they form the 20th barangay-based group to have undergone the program provided by the Zamboanga-Basilan Development Alliance, Inc. (ZABIDA).
Through the program, ZABIDA aims to partner with selected city barangays to improve the living and security conditions of their respective residents. Local leaders are oriented in the elements of good governance, taught how to gather and process baseline data, conducted social-economic analysis, and then developed a five-year barangay development.
The local non-government organization works closely with the Department of Interior and Local, city government and concerned barangay councils and sectoral groups. A major plank of the program is women empowerment, by which an equitable number of women are enrolled in the preparation and implementation of their community’s development roadmap.
Pasonanca’s leaders on Thursday and Friday this week first assessed their baseline data using methodology the program had taught them. On the second day, they conducted a final situational analysis and completed their barangay development plan. The plan has three components each of which a group was assigned to work on. The components are poverty alleviation or socio-economic development, peace and security, and good governance/administrative development. The host barangay provided a counterpart of snacks, transportation and venue to the participants.
ZABIDA is headed by Fr. Angel Calvo, CMF; the good governance program is one of several the consortium implements in the city and Basilan to promote comprehensive human security and communal peace. Efforts cover environmental preservation and disaster risk management, sustainable agriculture, housing, delivery of social services, security and policing, interreligious dialogue, youth welfare, livelihood assistance, etc. The program is funded by the Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para Desarollo, which is Spain’s international development assistance agency.