Rapid Field Appraisal of Decentralization: Caraga Region 13; Decentralization Gains Still Haunted by Challenges

Eleazar, Alma A (2011) Rapid Field Appraisal of Decentralization: Caraga Region 13; Decentralization Gains Still Haunted by Challenges. Technical Report. Asia Foundation.

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The Caraga Region in Northeastern Mindanao is a region of contrast. It is a contrast seen in the face of poverty amid plenty – of natural bounty and rich cultural diversity, yet with a high incidence of poor families. This picture of contrasting attributes sets the backdrop of local governance in the region, where this study endeavored to profile the initiatives of local government units (LGUs) in the areas of governance and administration and its results on the economic, social, and environmental development of the region and its people. This study covered 12 LGUs, composed of three provinces, three cities, and six municipalities selected across income classification. Generally, local governance in Caraga gained headway in simplifying and improving systems and procedures, bringing people’s participation in governance processes, providing public access to information on LGU services and transactions, localizing national laws, crafting responsive legislation, enhancing participatory planning and processes, and working toward transparent and accountable fiscal management. The LGUs of Caraga, however, are challenged to explore other sources of local revenues; further build capacities to make better use of technology in planning, legislative tracking, and project management and monitoring. The need to professionalize processes and management systems that ensure the retention, motivation, and best use of the skilled human resource; balance the focus and budget emphasis between operational expenses and those for social services, economic and environmental management; and strengthen administrative capacity and widen people participation in monitoring the implementation of plans and projects remain a challenge, as does institutionalizing mechanisms for a more transparent and accountable governance. Furthermore, LGUs are challenged on how they can give more to the public in terms of health and sanitation, social welfare, housing, livelihood, economic development, and safe, healthy environment, among others. While they have initiated the operations of local economic enterprises and focused development assistance in infrastructure projects, they also need to widen partnerships and strengthen coordination and collaboration to meet the region’s infrastructure requirements, including those that provide vital links to agriculture, industries and major tourism areas. LGUs need to invest their effort and resources to Caraga’s high potential for ecotourism and agroindustrial development. A strong link between the public and the private sectors is needed to ensure a shared vision and understanding of the government’s development plans and programs. The initiatives and focus of LGUs at organizing and strengthening the cooperatives have been shown to have helped promote economic development. LGUs benefit from, and need to strengthen further inter-government agency cooperation as much as inter-LGU cooperation or alliances for desired results in environmental management.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
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Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 02:24
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2017 00:05
URI: http://lib.mainit.org/id/eprint/378

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