“Itong program na pinagsamahan ng INCITEGov, EVNET, and Plan International, isa itong paraan para ma-monitor o makita ang mga proyekto ng gobyerno na kung saan dapat nga ba ito. Nakakarating ba ito sa dapat na pag-serbisyuhan? Sana [sa proyektong ito] mapakinggan na kami, sana hindi kami naisasantabi lang, sana matulungan kami sa mga pangagailangan namin,” said Ruby Alvarez, LGBT champion and CSO leader.
Ruby is among the participants of the Training of Trainors held in Ciriaco Hotel, Calbayog City. From from April 1 to 4, 30 Community-Based Monitoring Groups (CBAMGs) and Community Development Facilitators (CDFs) from provinces in region 8 and Masbate gathered to be trained on the usage of the Social Protection Monitoring Tools and Guidebook.
The training, organized by INCITEGov (International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Governance), EVNET (Eastern Visayas Network of NGOs and POs), and PLAN International, aimed to validate the usability of the monitoring tool, develop monitoring skills and competencies , and harness the capacity of the trainers as Social Protection program monitors. INCITEGov member and coach, and former DSWD undersecretary Angelita Gregorio-Medel, and Adel Briones served as facilitators in the said training.
The four-day training delved into the technicalities of the monitoring guidebook, while allowing the participants to realize their role in strengthening social protection in the country. Several sessions included participatory monitoring discussions and workshops, which allowed the participants to engage and brainstorm with one another. Actual simulation exercises were also held that build their needed competencies as Facilitators, advocates and monitors.
Through the training, the Project Team hopes that the monitors would have the knowledge, the capacity, and the passion to fulfill their role in the project. As Medel have said to the monitors, “You [the monitors] are advocating for the marginalized, you are capacity-building all the partners and stakeholders involved…Ito yung buong buhay kung bakit may programa. May buhay ang ginagawa ninyo sa pamayanan sa labas ng period ng proyekto.”
The Training of Trainers (ToT) is the first among the series of trainings in the Monitoring Phase of the project. The participants in the ToT shall conduct a second training among the rest of CBAMGs monitoring specific Social Protection programs with special attention on the marginalized sectors. Afterwards, a third training will be conducted on data analysis and interpretation
“[Sumali kami rito] para makatulong kami sa ibang organisasyon na hindi nakasali sa programa sa Social Protection…Kung makakasali kami sa CBAMG, dito sa programa na ito, makikita namin yung mga tao na karapatdapat isama,” said Vangie, Women’s community leader and project monitor.