Alliance of Pangasinan LGUs receives CIDA funding

June 8, 2009 11:31 am 

MANILA, June 8 — The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has named the One Pangasinan Alliance (OPAL) as a project partner in the local government units of Pangasinan province and has extended funds for the group, it was learned.

The designation meant that OPAL will implement what is known as the Local Level Component Activities of the Local Government Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) of the Canadian Executing Agency (CEA). It will work together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

OPAL, headed by Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, did not disclose the amount of funding received.

The CIDA-funded LGSP-LED, an eight-year collaboration of the governments of Canada and the Philippines, is scheduled to be launched in Alaminos City this month. According to Braganza, lead convenor, the project aims to help reduce poverty by strengthening capacity for local governance and providing support for local economic development in OPAL area.

Providing OPAL the much-needed technical assistance and support to implement the LGSP-LED project is the non-governmental organization, La Liga Policy Institute (LLPI), which was organized in 2000 by a group of social reformers with extensive experience in government, civil society and private sector work.

OPAL members pooled their resources, combined capacities and complemented comparative advantages, and shared lessons and experiences for local economic development, said Braganza, a former secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

OPAL’s other members and their respective municipalities are Agno Mayor Joel N. Pajeta, Anda Mayor Nestor B. Pulido, Bani Mayor Marcelo E. Navarro, Jr. , Burgos Mayor Domingo A. Doctor Jr., Mabini Mayor Calito R. Reyes, and Sual Mayor John Rodney V. Arinue. (PNA)

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