Level of engagement
National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Development Council (RDC), Region 8. The RDC approves and monitors all local and foreign development project in each region. It is composed of all governors, government agency directors, and city mayors in the region.
LCDe sits as private sector representative (PSR) representing the poor since 1995.
LCDe is among the 14 PSRs which include representatives from women’s groups, mass media, youth, small enterprises.
Being a PSR in the RDC, provided LCDe the opportunity to access relevant information from NEDA regional office, including information on ODA projects, and join project monitoring teams. The data is valuable in building up our regional data base, in assessing and analysing government projects and their impacts to regional poverty and development.
1. Building and maintaining good public relations and organisational profile with government agencies like DSWD, NEDA, OCD
2. State policies such as red-tagging and other rights violations from the ELCAC/AFP. In the RDC, the NTF ELCAC lobbied Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla, RDC Chair, to expel us from the council.
3. Being part of these spaces do not guarantee that our positions and recommendations will be incorporated in government plans and policies
Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), Region 8.
As an RDRRMC member, LCDe coordinates activities and gathers information from government agencies.
LCDe has been a part of the RDRRMC since the late 1990s because of its programs on Emergency Response and DRR.
National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
LCDe represents the victims of disaster and calamities (VDC) sector in the Commission since 2006.
Area Based Standards Network (ABSNET), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
LCDe has been an accredited members of the Network since the mid 1990s.
Leyte Province MSAC Multi Stakeholders Advisory Committee, Department of Interior and Local Government
As member of the committee: a. promote cooperation between government, NGOs, academe; b. have the NGOs act as monitor and critique of DILG programs; c. tap NGOs for capacity building; d. conduct joint activities to address poverty
Through sustained work in the field, LCDe has built good partnership with the LGUs where LCDe implemented projects. For instance in May 2021, LCDe staff helped develop the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) in the Municipality of Palapag, Northern Samar. The Mayor formally requested that 2 LCDe staff assist in crafting their five-year CDP. This was another method on how we could advance our advocacies in the governments CDP and Regional Development Plan as well. Partnerships with government, both at the regional and local levels, also helped in legitimizing the organisation’s work against red-taggers. LCDe is also able to access logistical support from the LGU and other government agencies.