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COTABATO CITY — The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) through its Bangsamoro Local Economic Support Service (BLESS) Program conducted the final batch of the Orientation on Setting Up and Operation of Local Economic Enterprise (LEE) last March 22-25, 2022 at Park Inn Hotel, Davao City.
Ms. Fausiah Romancap-Abdula, OMS director, supervised the last batch of the activity and emphasized the role of the participants in the establishment of economic enterprises in their communities. She also said that the key players of the Special Geographic Areas (SGAs) are the barangay officials who should come up with a long-term LEE to promote and help their community to become economically sustainable.
While Allan C. Uy, the local treasury Operation Officer IV of the of Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) – Region IX (Western Mindanao), stressed the significance of Feasibility Study and Business Plan in conceptualizing and establishing a LEE to manage the plan throughout the year. He said, “Business Plan is the blueprint of the LEE.”
In a very interactive workshop, the participants presented their consensus outputs on Financial Self-Sufficiency Evaluation (FSSE), a report which is conducted every five years based on 1) Semi-Annual Financial Self-Sufficiency Review (SAFSSR). The FSSE and SAFSSR are the reports that would determine whether to continue, modify, expand, scale down, or close the LEE operations.
“Practically, you are investing invisible hand because your intention is to establish a local economic enterprise… your intention is to have an income for the municipality but indirectly you are catering the services which are needed by your community,” said Tato P. Otto, the municipal civil registrar of Kabuntalan, in his presentation during the workshop.
Moreover, Abubakar Sedik Amino, municipal engineer of Pagalungan, Maguindanao, shared his realizations throughout the two-day orientation, “LEE is a management tool para makita mo talaga kung ang isang enterprise mo ay kumikita o hindi (so you can see whether your enterprise is earning or not)”, he said.
On the last day of the activity, Abdul Rahman Abas Kara, project development officer III, acknowledged the commitment of each municipality in their participation and implementation of LEEs to generate the adequate income necessary to their respective communities.
Finally, he officially ended the program with a quotation “Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. We will end our activity today, but the information that you have learned in this orientation workshop will serve as input in preparation for the next series of capacity building in relation to LEE.”, to leave a satisfactory message to a very productive and comprehensive activity.
The last batch of the orientation was attended by the recipient municipalities of Maguindanao, namely Shariff Aguak, Guindulungan, Buldon, Barira, Pagalungan, Datu Salibo, Datu Blah Sinsuat, and Kabuntalan. Also in attendance are the SGAs of Pikit, Kabacan, Carmen, Datu Binasing, and Pigcawayan.
Facilitating the activity was the Local Government Development Division (LGDD) and Co-facilitated by the Project Management Development Division (PMDD) of the Ministry. (/)