IMPROVING CAPACITIES AND DEVELOPING RESOURCES
by Katrina Coloso
To fortify and improve CERNET’s internal resources and systems, three resources and systems, three training- workshops were conducted within one and a half-year. These trainings, facilitated by Planning, Research, Institutional Support, & Management Services ( PRISMS), focused on EED’s Outcome and Impact Orientation (OIO).
The first was the workshop on Capacity Needs Assessment (CNA) at the onset of the current phase, CERP 4, in June 2011. Based on the OIO, CERP 4 project objectives and indicators, and also the outcome statements and indicators for each program components were improved and sharpened.
This was followed by training-workshops on project Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) Module 2 on January 23-27, 2012, and on PME Module 2 on August 4-7, 2012 respectively. The monitoring and evaluation tools, that were formulated for each of the program components, will be useful for assessing outcome and impacts of the projects.
One of the product of these training-workshop will be the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Guidelines which CERNET is set to produce by February 2013.
EXPOSURE VISIT TO PARTNER CP IN INDIA
In line with its institutional development endeavors, CERNET went on a study tour to a partner Central Partner Organization (CPO), the Church Auxiliary for Social Action ( CASA), on April 9-16. 2012 at Uttart Pradesh ( North) and Madhya Pradesh ( Central), India.
With 67 years of development work experience, CASA has about 350 partner organizations operating in more than 4,000 villages or communities, and in over 26 states in India. The CASA educational study tour were participated by CERNET Executive Director Dr. Oliver Gimenez and Small Project Fund (SPF) officer Teresa Claire Alicaba along with BOT Chairperson Fr. Herbert Fadriquela and PRISMS consultant Arellano Colongon.
One of the insights gained during the tour was the shared common experiences of CASA and CERNET in developmental work. As such, CERNET is committed to work in solidarity with People’s Organizations In line with its Vision, Mission, and Goal ( VMG); whereas, CASA works with Civil Society organizations (CSOs) in the achievement of its goals.
Furthermore, CERNET’s support programs work integrally for its core program SPF which is similar to the CASA’s core programme which works in synergy in fulfillment of its mission and goal in working for the empowerment of the marginalized sectors of society.
Guided by its goal that of “Empowered People’s Organization that are catalyst of community empowerment and are able to sustain their development effort”, CERNET forges on amidst the challenges as it live up to its mission as a steward of resources for community empowerment.