After the orientation-familiarization undergone by the forty beneficiaries of the Project PAGLAUM (Panata at Adhikain Gutom ay wakasan Lingap, edukasyon, kalusugan, Asal na mabuti ay isulong at Ugaling makamtan ay Malinis, matiwasay at maunlad na pamayanan), this MDG-FACES (Millennium Development Goals – Family-based Actions for Children and their Environs in the Slums) program took on the second and third phases of the implementation dubbed as Problems/Issues Identification and Prioritization & Strategy Formulation and Action Planning on January 21 and 22, 2014 at Edjin Pension House, Tacurong City.

The two-day activity were participated by the forty parents of the children beneficiaries of the United Nations program, together with the community officials of Purok 11 and Barangay Poblacion.

Mayor Lina O. Montilla, in her message, expressed her vision for the said project’s success, saying that the cooperation and active participation of the stakeholder families will determine the fate of Project PAGLAUM. Furthermore, she inspired them by saying that if this program pushes through fruitfully, they would serve as role models for other cities in making the society better through unity and hardwork.

The MDG FACES implementation team, with heads Hon. Psyche M. Sucaldito (Sangguniang Panlungsod), Mr. Alberto P. Sero, Jr. (CLGOO), Mr. Jaime D. Cedullo (CPDC) and Miss Eufemia D. Robles (CSWDO), conducted sessions that determined the main issues and problems encountered in the said community and further be resolved through the action plans.

There are three sessions included in the workshop: Current Reality Workshop, Issues/Problems Prioritization, and Quick Response Management. The first session presented the city profile, the current situation in the subject community of the MDG FACES program, and then addressed the needs, issues, and problems in the stakeholders’ community through group discussions and presentations. The second session dealt on the issues and problems to be focused on in the project. Based on the votes, peace and order, economy, and environment emerged as their main concern. Lastly, the third session targeted on the child beneficiaries of the program. Through a form with MDG FACES indicators as hunger, education, exposition to violence among others, parents were able to identify the needs of their children.

The program ended with pledges of commitment from Purok 11 President Giovanni Belgira and Barangay Poblacion Captain, Hon. Ma. Lorraine Llavore. After the said program, the MDG FACES Project PAGLAUM implementation team gathered to formulate strategies and plan actions that will answer the identified priority needs of the forty families. (Ariesha Faith M. Dimaano)