The Subcommittee on Migration and Development (SCMD), created by the Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) under the Social Development Committee, held an organizational meeting on January 29, 2019.
The meeting was presided by SCMD chairperson and DOLE 7 Regional Director Johnson Caňete of the Department of Labor and Employment 7 (DOLE 7).
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) 7 Regional Director May Codilla, SCMD co-chairperson; NEDA 7 Regional Director Efren Carreon, SCMD vice chairperson; and representatives from the Public Employment Service Offices in the provinces and highly urbanized cities in the region were also in attendance.
SCMD was created in response to the recommendation by the NEDA Board – Social Development Committee for the regions to organize their own subcommittees on the heels of the creation by the former of a Subcommittee on International Migration and Development and the Subcommittee on Internal Migration at the national level.
SCMD coordinates, monitors, and ensures the complementation of initiatives, plans, programs, and projects related to internal and international migration.
To carry out this function, SCMD will also conduct regular consultations and dialogues with various stakeholders on migration and development issues and concerns.
As it was SCMD’s first meeting, the SCMD’s terms of reference and the approved action plan on migration and development were presented.
To get an idea on the available data on overseas Filipinos and migrants, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration 7 presented statistics on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) while the Philippine Statistics Authority 7 gave an overview of the results of the first national migration survey.
OWWA 7 presented migration and migrant issues while the National Reintegration Center for OFWs 7 gave updates on its programs and services for documented and undocumented OFWs.
To assist local government units (LGUs) in mainstreaming migration and development in local development planning and governance, the step-by-step LGU guide on how this could be effectively done was likewise presented.
The activity also served as forum for the staff to review the usefulness of the GAD checklists to the NEDA 7’s major functions of project appraisal, project development, investment programming, project monitoring and evaluation, and development planning. Certain activities were proposed to ensure the utilization of the guidelines in the exercise of these functions.
The need for capacity building on gender analysis and deepening sessions on the application of the checklists was also highlighted.