Another activity facilitated by the RBCO to capacitate the Focal Persons and other members of the river basin organizations in the implementation of the formulated master plan was the Learning Event (LE) on Resource Mobilization and Investment Planning Workshop held last 9, 11 and 16 November 2016. With the RBCO gearing towards the implementation/rolling out of completed river basin master plans, the identification of funding sources for the identified PAPs in the Master Plan is very crucial as these investments will address various environmental issues which include also climate change.
The LE was carried out in three (3) batches originally grouped as Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao clusters. But, because of conflicting schedules, the LE was conducted no longer by major island groupings but based on availability of participants. The number of batches and range of participants were maintained to ensure learning quality. The objectives of the training are as follows:
- Acquaint the participants on investment, and resource mobilization and planning concepts;
- Equip them with understanding on government budget and funding cycle and processes;
- Introduce various financing mechanism and procedures; and
- Re-orient the participants on DENR Procedure on accessing foreign funding support through the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Office (FASPO);
Speakers invited were from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Financial Management Service (FMS) of the Department of Environment and National Resources (FMS-DENR) who discussed the country’s government budgeting and financing cycle. While, representatives from the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPP), the World Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provided information on various financing mechanisms offered by their organizations and corresponding procedures. Also invited was the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) of the DENR to orient the participants on the assistance they can provide the regional offices in terms of packaging proposals and identifying possible funding sources.