RIZAL PROVINCE – Ensuring the sustainability of its initiatives of the past three years and a half, stakeholders and partners of Handicap International’s outgoing REBUILD Project have signified their commitment in assuming responsibility of future activities and plans that are in line with the project’s advocacies.
Their vow was solidified during the project’s exit workshop last May 27, 2015, organized to have a progressive transfer of responsibilities and direct management of the activities to concerned parties – including the Baras Federation of Persons with Disabilities Associations, Inc. (BFPWDAI), the local government of Baras and the economic project holders.
REBUILD Project Manager Joana Villaflor initially highlighted the project’s achievements, gaps, and defined future actions to be implemented.
After determining their specific responsibilities and tasks, the partners and stakeholders proceeded to create action plans based on their priorities and capacities.
Specifically, the BFPWDAI intends to contribute by participating in local government plans on development and disaster risk reduction and management and actively participate in the deliberation of the DPO’s budgetary components to ensure the inclusion of disability issues and the needs of persons with disabilities in the local development agenda.
The BFPWDAI also commits to capitalize on the capacity enhancement provided to disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs) by strengthening their grassroots approach in organizing persons with disabilities.
Meanwhile, the local government unit promises to strengthen livelihood opportunities for vulnerable groups by providing livelihood options through the enhancement of skills and capacities building, and assist in acquiring funding for DPOs.
While developing issuances, policies and resolutions in support of disability-focused programs and actions pertaining to inclusive local development, the local government would also aim to constantly invite representatives from vulnerable sectors, including the BFPWDAI, in sessions and meetings called by local bodies to participate, considering them as partners and decision makers.
Ending in June 2015, the REBUILD Project is a three and a half-year inclusive livelihood and rights-based project with the objective of improving the access of vulnerable groups to various developmental opportunities.