Davao City – On December 5, 2018, the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS) conducted the forum on lessons learned (LL) from, good practices (GP) in, and success stories (SS) of the implementation of the Integrated Coastal Resources Management Project (ICRMP) in the City of Mati under the theme Partnering Strategies for Project Success. The ICRMP has been the test case for FASPS to perform proactive documentation of this kind of knowledge products.
One of the highlights of the event was the showing of documentary video of partnerships established and results of the project.
The local government of Mati emphasized that it was crucial for local communities to cooperate in the enforcement of local or national environmental laws, without which it would be nearly impossible to carry out such task. The heart of the matter is good governance. The City of Mati believed that good governance in local government would easily attract support from other sectors, especially from national government agencies.
The other notable experience of Mati was to employ the expertise of the academe. Having the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) on board greatly benefited the local government of Mati as the higher education institution provided research results that were greatly influential in the kind of policies to formulate especially as regards Pujada Bay.
These experiences, which may come as lessons learned, good practices, or success stories, are what FASPS will strive to document diligently and innovatively in the foreseeable future activities. If packaged correctly, these facilitate learning to avoid repeating past mistakes or reinventing the wheel and offer contextual options that project implementers can readily consider or tailor for use according to their specific situations. (FASPS/ Sheela Legaspi)