|Progress Toward Outcome
The TA has supported the required preparatory and analytical work for designing and implementing the KC-NCDDP, which included the following: (i) identification of appropriate funds flow mechanism given the collaborative co-financing arrangement with the WB, (ii) designing the required local counterpart contributions (LCC) of covered municipalities, (iii) provision of advice on decentralized setup of KC-NCDDP implementation. It also supported due diligence and preparatory work for the Project, including the linked documents to the Projects Report and Recommendation of the President. The TA assisted the EA in the start-up activities of KCNCDDP in Q1-Q3 2014, which included social awareness raising activities for KC-NCDDP as well as the enrolment of target municipalities in KC-NCDDP. The TA will come out with a knowledge product based on the experiences and lessons learnt from the pilot testing of provincial government engagement in nationwide implementation of CDD.
In Aug 2015, ADB has approved an additional financing of $750,000 from the Typhoon Yolanda Multi-Donor Trust Fund (TYMTF) to fund community livelihood projects under KC-NCDDP. The additional financing was provided to: (i) refine DSWDs policy and procedures to provide sustainable livelihood support under KC-NCDDP; (ii) enhance existing operational guidelines to improve the implementation of sustainable livelihood subprojects; (iii) enhance the capacity of stakeholders to undertake CDD; (iv) selectively fund innovative, sustainable livelihood initiatives under CDD such as enterprise training and surveys.
The TA implementation period is extended until 31 December 2016.
|Description of Project Outputs
1. Options for improved policy and institutional framework for implementing NCDDP identified
2. Options for strengthened resource allocation, funds flow, and accountability mechanisms identified
3. Enhanced capacities of stakeholders in the provinces
4. Supported pilot-testing of NCDDP design elements related to PLGU engagement
5. Increased uptake of NCDDP community livelihood subprojects
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Output 1 has supported the provision of technical inputs that defined the strategic roles of provinces in local development and their participation in the implementation of KC-NCDDP in light of the existing national government programs on improving governance performance. An issue paper was prepared and discussed with the EA, which contributed to the design of pilot testing of PLGU engagement, required capacity building for PLGUs, and initial identification of pilot provinces. This output supported the dialogues of the EA with local chief executives of pilot PLGUs, provincial consultations, and technical discussions with the EA on PLGU engagement process and implementing structure. As requested by the EA, this output supported knowledge sharing on good practices and lessons learnt for strengthening the implementation, convergence, and sustainability of key social development programs of the EA, namely, the KC-NCDDP, sustainable livelihood program (SLP), and conditional cash transfer program (Pantawid).
Output 2 generated options and advice for improving financial management arrangements under KC-NCDDP, including fiduciary arrangements for channeling Project grants to communities. It assisted the EA in identifying fund flow mechanism for KC-NCDDP by formulating fund flow options. It also provided options and advice on designing the required LCC of covered municipalities by examining the capacity of municipalities to mobilize LCC for KC-NCDDP and bottom-up budgeting program of national government. The output supported further due diligence on the Project, which produced financial management assessment and risk assessment and management plan. To support the institutionalization of participatory planning and budgeting processes and rationalize resource allocation, the Mission and the EA agreed to prepare brief policy notes on 4-5 topics related to integration and harmonization of CDD in local government processes and relevant national government programs. This output also supported the preparation of an article on CDD and resilience, which will be part of a publication to be launched during the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.
Output 3 aims to provide institutional support to establish mechanisms for facilitation and technical support to PLGUs and communities during the transition phase of KC-NCDDP implementation. Training of selected PLGUs (non-pilot) for KC-NCDDP was not carried out under the TA as it will require enrolment process. Nonetheless, the TA supported the capacity building of key technical staff of pilot PLGUs through trainings, workshops, and learning exchange on CDD processes. Related to this output, the TA supported regional advocacy activities which facilitated the enrolment of target municipalities in KC-NCDDP and generated awareness on the program among Yolanda-affected provinces, civil society organizations, humanitarian/ international organizations, and representatives from selected communities.
Output 4 supported the pilot testing of KC-NCDDP design elements, which identified areas wherein PLGU engagement can leverage its resources to complement and optimize CDD benefits. A report on the pilot testing has been prepared which will be popularized for dissemination.
Output 5 is being supported by the additional grant from TYMTF. The grant has assisted the EA in preparing a guidance note for the implementation of livelihood-related subprojects using the TYMTF additional financing (AF) to L3100 PHI. It has supported various activities to prepare the DSWD regional offices for implementation of the AF, including social preparation and project development activities.
The TA supported policy discussions that look into the potentials of social enterprises in building on national programs for improving social development outcomes and as a strategy for accelerating inclusive growth, create jobs and reduce poverty in the Philippines. This resulted in the ongoing preparation of a policy paper on social enterprises to assist the government in considering options and pilot testing approaches to promote social entrepreneurship. The policy paper, which will feature case studies of social enterprises in the Philippines as well as discussion of the regulatory framework and experiences of other countries, will be developed into a knowledge product.