The Partnership for Transparency Asia (PTFA) signed Memorandum of Agreements (MOAs) with the Local Government Unit (LGU) and three barangays in Iriga City, Camarines Sur, in June 2021 as part of the Masarig na Irigueño! Project on June 16, 2021.
After the deliberation of the City Council authorizing Iriga City Mayor Madeleine Alfelor to enter into the agreement, PTFA was able to finalize its partnership with the LGU Iriga on June 17. This agreement formalizes the city’s support for and acceptance of the project. The agreement also details the roles and shared responsibilities of the city in co-creating a resilient Iriga. The LGU will be designating its senior professional staff to be a part of the Co-Creation Team.
The project team—comprised of PTFA representatives and partners including CSOs, LGU Iriga City, and business groups—will now move to the next phase of the project: planning a project orientation among the LGU staff designated as part of the City Co-Creation team. The LGU Co-Creation team will work alongside with representatives coming from CSOs, academic institutions, and business group who will compose the City Co-Creation team.
Towards a Masarig na Barangay
In addition to an agreement with Iriga City, PTFA also formalized its agreement with the three target barangays—Brgys. Francia, Perpetual Help, and Del Rosario (Banao). The barangays were selected with the following criteria: 1) the criteria of poverty incidences; 2) number of IMP members, and 3) barangay local government units’ willingness to support the project. Co-selected with the LGU, the three pilot barangays will serve as the beneficiaries of the project where PTFA will run trainings for CSOs on sustainable integrated area development and social accountability trainings and establish structures for community participation. These trainings will enable participants to identify issues and resources in the local communities and create action plans that will be submitted for inclusion in the local development plans.
The activities in the barangay level commenced in July 2021.