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PHILIPPINES

Eva Benita A. Tuzon

Agrarian Reform Program Officer II

Department of Agrarian Reform

 

 

What started as a simple practitioner’s paper, “Building Sustainable Rural Development Index in Asia and the Pacific: Scoreboard on the levels of development of Rural Communities and country performance in Rural Development,” http://www.cirdap.org.sg/APJORD_DEC_06.pdf evolved as a policy advocacy, “MfDR in Mainstreaming Rural Development”  that penetrated various venues for round tables, knowledge exchange, and true actions, such as the Third International Roundtable on Managing for Development Results [RT3-Hanoi] http://www.cirdap.org.sg/MfDRDesc.pdf, SHIPDET-Annual Asia Pacific Community of Practice, Shanghai, PRC [2007], International Conference on Perspectives on Impact Evaluation, Cairo [NONIE-AfREA-3IE], and to HLF-3, Accra “Establishing the Results-Based M&E of Rural Development in Asia and the Pacific”.

These opportunities have contributed so much in the aspiration to contribute in customizing and mainstreaming MfDR in the agrarian sector, where results should happen most. Hence, as a passion that seemed not fading, I still continue believing that MfDR principles can be put in practice. Hence, I sent an e-poster and organized a mini-debate to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness-Knowledge & Innovation Space Team-OECD, “Country ownership: From Ridge to Reef, Sustainable Rural Development.” The Asian NGO Coalition [ANGOC] obliged to moderate the mini-debate. The e-poster is in line with the emerging interest on the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development.

The NCI if viewed with a magnifying glass is indeed an excellent platform for the MfDR principles being animated by the current leaders of the three known convergence agencies such as Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and the Environment in the Philippines. The participation was out of a desperate desire to follow up on the Accra Agenda for Action, i.e., on rural development, and look forward to the Busan Building Blocks.  Agriculture -rural development was again perceived as the loneliest development theme, which is ironic as it was undeniably argued that most of the poor and vulnerable are from the rural communities and they also largely constitute the urban poor communities.

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Post Script:

From 2006, when I was still having my deputation service at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific [CIRDAP], an intergovernmental organization of 15-member-countries, established since 1979 under the aegis of U.N. FAO,  I started sharing my thoughts [via the CoP-MfDR] about results-based application in the sector of rural development. I joined CIRDAP in 2004 and was almost getting frustrated how M&E was negatively viewed by many at the regional-ministry level. Out of that feeling, I wrote that practitioner’s paper.

The undersigned was grateful of the support which the World Bank [RT3-Hanoi] 2007],  Asian Development Bank  had accorded me to participate in the capacity building initiatives that were facilitated by the APCoP-MfDR [SHIPDET], and the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, HLF3 Accra, Ghana [2008] and HLF4-Busan via GTZ, now GIZ-Philippines.