The Learning Experience
Listed below are some of the most important learning experiences of what is needed
to achieve a success. The reader will notice that there are no new,
revolutionary experiences gained but rather the universal ones that go for
almost any success.
The five chosen barangays turned out to be very different
in terms of ability to accomplish the project. The basic requirements in the
ToR were fulfilled for all barangays, but in
order to accomplish the enhanced ambitions mentioned, the management decided to
focus on one barangay for the additional efforts. Since no additional funding
could be received from the original source the project management decided to
invest its own time and effort. Consequently, it was not possible to accomplish
these efforts in all barangays.
Practically, the implementation capacity within four of the
five core barangays was a bit poor and the reasons were identified as follows:
One barangay captain could not make the council agree
on and approve the necessary resolutions and actions necessary to fulfil the
barangay's commitment in the project.
Reason for not succeeding: Political conflicts on the barangay level.
The management in one barangay was more focused on
higher level politics and therefore the practical interest and necessary
commitments were not there.
Reason for not succeeding: No real commitment and political ambitions
beyond the barangay level.
The management in one barangay turned out to be too
weak to push through the activities needed to be an active participant in
Reason for not succeeding: Too weak political leadership on the barangay
The management in one barangay had very high levels of
ambitions and comprehensive plans but the real implementation turned out to
be rather poor.
Reason for not succeeding: High ambitions and a lot of plans but weak
implementation capacity on the barangay level.
This is also a Learning Experience...
However, barangay Pinagkaisahan stood out as ambitious; had
the political commitment; got the council enthusiastic and onboard; provided the
necessary internal (though limited) funds; and followed up the various
development steps on a detailed level.
The success in barangay Pinagkaisahan can be used as a
"cookbook " for
The following "ingredients" are needed for a good result:
A strong leadership.
Without the strong and dedicated leadership no positive changes will
A scrupulous and frequent empowerment work among the
Without the bottom-up approach and more or less solid understanding why and
how the changes are needed and will brought about, there is no solid
foundation stone for the positive changes.
Frequent feed-back to the inhabitants about the
progress of the change based on the "seeing is believing" concept.
Most of the inhabitants have heard so many times about new ideas, new
project, new concepts; but the positive results are still lacking. By
showing real hands-on practical positive results the inhabitants will more
readily accept the ideas and change their habits.
If there are costs and/or efforts involved there
must be a direct benefit for the inhabitant.
This is partly the same as the previous pre-requisite, but it is even more
important to show a direct, measurable, benefit for the inhabitant if there
are costs involved. "What's in it for
Make sure a failure of the activities will create a
lot of "lost face".
This might sound harsh but is a practical way of creating a tough incentive
Positive changes will take time.
All changes take longer time than planned and desired. Do not expect or
promise rapid positive results. Start in a small scale and expand once the
foundation is solid. In many cases, e.g. when equipment is involved in the
process, Murphy's Law will apply: "If
anything can go wrong, it will..."
There are also
some conclusions drawn from the project extension activities in barangay
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