Thirteen sites in six provinces and two cities were recipients of development grants–amounting to P280 million–from the United States government projects through the United States Agency for International Development (USAid).
The grants aim to expand livelihood opportunities, increase food security and other community developments as the need arises. The locations of the sites for the projects are in Sorsogon, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Misamis Oriental and Sultan Kudarat; Tublay, Benguet; and Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City.
On May 7, these projects were inaugurated together with the government civil society, private sector and the academe at a virtual event, said Patrick Wesner, USAid Philippines deputy mission director.
There will be 10 sites for the “Coalescing Organizations Toward Locally Led Actions to Boost Development” project that will employ data and evidence to advance development in Sorsogon, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Misamis Oriental and Sultan Kudarat for two and a half years.
Whereas in Tublay, Benguet, the two-year (2021-2023) “Facilitating Local Access to Water” project will help local partners to achieve reliable access to safe drinking water. A two-year action-research project titled “Assets, Agency and Trust” will use consultations and networking activities to mobilize local resources and drive development activities across the country.
In Iloilo City and Cagayan de Oro City, the three-year (2021-2024) “Capacitating Strategic Organizations to Strengthen the Civil Society Organization Sector” project will empower civil society organizations to effectively deliver services and sustain development results.
According to Wesner, these projects join the Generating Rural Opportunities by Working with Cooperatives program launched in 2020 to expand rural livelihood opportunities and increase food security as part of Local Works.
Local Works is USAid’s flagship locally-led development effort that utilizes the creativity and resourcefulness of local communities and enables them to drive their development, he said.