Excerpts from the Executive Order No. 98-02 dated October 5, 1998 issued by Municipal Mayor Rodolfo G. Villar entitled Approving and Directing the Implementation of the Municipal Government's Aksyon ng Bayan Rosario 2001 AB describes the composition of the operational network that matters most in the implementation of the program.
The Municipal/Barangay Technical Working Groups were composed of Technical Action Officers (TAOs) from the local government units (LGUs), national government agencies (NGAs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and Basic Sectors. In particular, the MTWG was divided inot eight sub-groups headed by a Barangay Cluster Leader representing each of the Barangay Clusters of the Municipality of Rosario, Batangas.
The Municipal/Barangay Technical Working Groups served as the technical coordinating arm in the implementation of the Aksyon ng Bayan Rosario 2001 AB Program at the municipal and barangay level. Specifically, the MTWG has the following functions:
- Coordinate all technical concerns and requirements with various concerned government agencies and non-government sectors to facilitate and ensure effective implementation of the Aksyon ng Bayan Rosario 2001 AB Program at the municipal and barangay levels.
- Monitor the implementation of the Convergence Policy at the municipal and barangay levels particularly in the identified Convergence Barangays.
- Submit regular status reports and policy recommendations in the implementation of the Aksyon ng Bayan Rosario 2001 AB Program commitments and all related policies to the Executive Committee.
MTWG and HES
For the Municipality of Rosario, Batangas, Philippines, the pre-implemementation phase of Human and Ecological Security-Social Reform Agenda-Minimum Basic Needs (HES-SRA-MBN) Program was executed in three levels.
Level I Core Group formation called for the training of a master mind group of five persons who were to conduct the Level II Trainers' Training for the Municipal Technical Working Group (MTWG).
This Level II MTWG will then in turn train the Level III implementors of the HES-SRA-MBN, including the Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay Members, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Chairman, Barangay Secretary and Barangay Treasurer, Chief of Barangay Tanod, the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) and other identified indigenous volunteer workers and leaders.
These will form the Level III Barangay Technical Working Groups (BTWGs) in each of the 48 barangays of the municipality.
Leaving a Legacy
The Level I Core Group members looked for people who can be invited to volunteer for the task allotted to the MTWG of the HES-SRA-MBN Program implementation at the barangay level. They need to be people of character, competence and credibility.
These traits, the Core Group believes, were essential so that the MTWG can effectively deliver the important message:
- peoples' participation in local governance;
- need for a paradigm shift to effectively change the way we do things;
- urgency of implementing the HES-SRA-MBN Program at the barangay level pointing to a
sustainable balance of people, environment and peace for an improved quality of life for us today and the next generation of citizens of Rosario.
Character, Competence and Credibility: Influence
In the MTWG, we found people who are self-motivated, committed and responsible enough to command respect and attention wherever they meet the community people in their area of assignment.
Thus, we have correctly selected those citizens who are motivated by that higher need to leave a legacy to the world they can be proud of in the future. This is an incentive more attractive than over all other mundane needs like money and similar devices.
Whatever they with enthusiasm did back in 1996 -- the change they made in the hearts and minds of people to be responsible for their own future and the value these MTWG volunteers gave to the voice of the grassroots people, their needs, their aspirations, their frustration with government promises -- forever changed the way we look at our local and national government officials.
The long-term impact of the MTWG social mobilization activities over a decade ago and its residual influence can still be discerned in the current affairs of local governance at the Municipality of Rosario, Batangas, Philippines.
To become an effective partner in the HES-SRA-MBN Plan implementation at the barangay level, the MTWG members were divided into eight groups to be responsible for each of the eight barangay clusters of the municipality. By their sectoral organization and affiliations, the following were the volunteer members of the MTWG in 1995:
SECTOR, ORGANIZATION/AFFILIATION, MTWG MEMBER
Office of the Municipal Mayor
- Triven Castillo
- Lumen Rizo
- Teodoro Lacerna
- Leovino Dagli
- Manuel Ebite
- Johnny Minas
- Pablo Coz
- Pepe Mindanao
- Yolly Aclan
Office of the Municipal Administrator
- Atanacio Zara
Municipal Budget Office
- Genciano Barbosa
Municipal Assesor's Office
- Zelden Hernandez
Municipal Engineer's Office
- Criselda Maranan
Municipal Planning & Development Coordinator
- Luz Briguela
Office for Agricultural Services
- Pablita Quizon
- Rosalie Comia
- Ruena Caguimbal
- Manuel Luis Quizon
Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office
- Sonia Trivino
- Ruena Causapin
Office for Health Services - Rural Health Unit I
- Emelita Abacan, MD
- Irene Andan
- Fely Zara
Office for Health Services - Rural Health Unit II
- Cynthia Mendoza
- Delia Luna
- Antonio Agoncillo, Jr.
Provincial Population Deveopment Office
- Eden Barbosa
- Jaena Alegre
National Government Agencies
Department of Health
- Juanito Pasia, MD
Department of Interior and Local Government-MLGOO
- Pedro Medoza
Department of Interior and Local Government-MLGOO
- Rosita Rabano
DILG-Philippine National Police
- SPO2 Efren Luansing
Department of Education Culture and Sports - Rosario East District
- Edna Macatangay
Department of Education Culture and Sports - Rosario West District
- Sonia Ventura
Iglesia Filipina Independiente
- Msgr. Daniel Sandique
Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Petronio Bulaklak, Jr.
- Aurelio Adelantar
- Daniel Caiga
- Myrna Punay
- Margie Ebite
- Ludy Villar
- Rosa Magtibay
- Nita Guno
- Teresita Abrugena
- Cely Calderon
- Yolly Jareno
Administrative Support Group
- Francia Barbosa
- Antonina Pureza
- Ambelita Alday
- Agnes Clet