In keeping with its fervent commitment to lead various Local Government Units (LGUs) in drafting their own Local Shelter Plans (LSP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 3, in partnership with Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), facilitated a Seminar-Workshop and Writeshop held last February 17 – 19, 2014 and February 19 – 21, 2014, respectively at Royal Hotel, Angeles, Pampanga. Participants to the Seminar-Workshop were LGUs in the province of Bulacan, namely Angat, Balagtas, Baliuag, Bulakan, Bustos and Hagonoy which will be called again for the next phase. On the other hand, the Writeshop was participated in by LGUs, which have finished the first phase. They were the Provinces of Bataan (Dinalupihan), Bulacan (Bocaue, Calumpit & DRT), Nueva Ecija (Talavera), Pampanga (Apalit, Arayat, Candaba, Lubao & (Magalang), Tarlac (Concepcion) and Zambales (Olongapo City).
The Seminar-Workshop is the first phase in drafting the LSP where participating LGUs go through a 4-day activity with lectures given by resource persons from HUDCC. Discussions include the basics of local shelter planning such as data gathering, situational analysis, formulation of goals and objectives, generation of main shelter agencies, implementation of the plan and monitoring and evaluation. It also involves the creation of informal settler families’ database, formulation of new strategies and programs, identification of proper recipients and actual implementation of the plan.
Consequently, the 3-day Writeshop is the next phase wherein participating LGUs are assisted towards the completion of their particular plans. With the data on hand, the participants now fill out the missing parts of the plans, under close supervision and guidance from the organizing team (DILG and HUDCC).
After having gone through the two phases, the participating LGUs are expected to come up with a Sanguniang Bayan-ready plan for approval, adoption and implementation.