As part of its initiatives towards developing self-sufficient communities, the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has lined up capacity building trainings in 2016 for the homeowners of SM Cares Village in Polambato, Bogo City, Cebu.
Under its agreement with the SM Group, RAFI will lead community organizing activities, livelihood and skills training programs, as well as values formation and social services programs in the resettlement village, which SM established for super typhoon Yolanda survivors in Bogo.
To start them off, RAFI guided residents through a general assembly last January to map out their plans, programs, and policies based on current issues affecting their community.
“We hope that our plans and programs get implemented and that we would all work together for these to materialize,â€ said Nilo Montesclaros, chairman of the homeowners’ association.
“It was difficult to come up with a plan, as it was our first time to do it. This wasn’t taught in school but we’re thankful that RAFI trained us. Because of our training, we saw what issues regarding our stay in the village need to be addressed,â€ added Irene Catadman, member of the homeowners’ association committee on social and development services.
Up next will be organizational capacity development and livelihood skills and financial management systems trainings to be conducted in the first quarter of the year.