The IAs are the Eastern Visayas Partnership for Rural Development (EVPRD), Sacred Heart Institute for Transformative Education Foundation, Inc. (SHIFT), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), and the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP).
Each IA has its own project focus: EVPRD on education-related interventions, the PSWDO on psycho-social interventions, the SHIFT on the Child Labor Monitoring-Integrated Service Delivery System (CLM-ISDS), and UEP on mass media campaign, whose action project proposal is still in the pipeline. All the projects will work towards prevention and elimination of the worst forms of child labor in the province.
A total of 22 officers/coordinators of the four IAs were trained by the ILO-IPEC team composed of: Mr. Giovanni Soledad, Project Manager; Ms. Jodelyn Mitra, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer; Ednalyn Gulane, Finance Assistant; and Mr. Pepe Nebril, Program Coordinator for Northern Samar.
The participants were very grateful for the opportunity of this unique experience of how a project should be managed; from work breakdown structure, identification of indicators, risk management, detailed work plan, to technical and financial reporting. All of the topics were given practical exercises/workshops, which made the training very fruitful. One of the highlights of the training was the clarification of the role of each IA and how their work should be integrated and coordinated. Many of the participants look forward to more mentoring/training for a better funding agency-implementing agency relationship in furtherance of the success of the anti-child labor program in Northern Samar.# (nimfa c. de la cruz & romula a. obleopas, NSCLC members)