CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, April 20 (PIA) - A system intended to provide a one-stop website to match the Capacity Development supply and demand in the local government is being implemented by the Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC), aside from the Local Government Innovations Solutions Bank (LGISB). It is called the Online CapDev Market System (OCDMS).

The OCDMS will serve as the online marketplace of Local Resource Institutes (LRIs), also referred to as CapDev Service Providers, who are offering specific capacity development interventions and the Local Government Units (LGUs) who were looking to avail of the services to fulfill their capacity development backlogs.

As defined by the Department of Interior and Local Government Region IV-A, “Capacity Development (CapDev) is a process by which individual competencies and organizational capacities are enhanced through strategic and integrated interventions to equip and empower the LGUs to fulfill their accountabilities and produce desired result.”

During a presentation in the recent Local Governance Regional Resource Center - Multi-Sectoral Advisory Committee (LGRRC-MSAC) meet, it was discussed that LGUs are required to formulate a CapDev Agenda as they use the system.

This agenda is intended to communicate the strategic directions and reform agenda of the LGUs’ current leadership. It is also important so they can appropriately allocate the budget requirement for the necessary CapDev interventions in the LGU’s targeted area of concern. The agenda will also be used for mapping out a results framework for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the CapDev Interventions; and, finally, for generating accountabilities for institutionalizing and reaping the gains of these interventions.

In short, a CapDev Agenda is required to be submitted by LGUs to make sure the interventions they will avail from the system are matched with their specific needs, to assess the budget for the intervention program, and to have a basis for an overview of the effects of these interventions.

Features

The features of OCDMS include its main feature is the matching mechanism that takes place in the system wherein the system matches the needs of the LGU with the available program interventions offered in the system. LRIs can showcase their capacity development interventions and services for LGUs. Local governments can also avail the capacity development interventions and services that are offered by LRIs for their CapDev requirements. LGUs interested in capacity building services only need to upload  their CapDev Agenda, then the system scans submission and uses keywords to instantly match them with appropriate service provider.

Not only can the LGUs and the CapDev Service Providers or LRIs utilize the OCDMS but even the general public can access it for viewing the supply and demand for local governance capacity building.

Accessing the OCDMS

For the LGUs, should submit their CapDev Agenda to their Local Chief Executive (LCE) for approval after developing it using the prescribed Capacity Development Formulation process with their DILG officer. Upon approval, they must endorse a copy to the DILG Officer for uploading in the system. It can be readily reviewed at the website once the agenda is entered into the system.

On the other hand, the LRIs such as academic institutions, private sectors, government and non-government organizations, among others, should fill up the application form indicated in the website and send a letter of intent to the Local Government Academy (LGA) to use the system, fax is preferred. Once the application is approved, they can already use the username and password they chose during the enrolment in the system.

Service Providers that are members of the Local Governance Training and Research Institutions-Philippine Network (LoGoTRI-PhilNet), a network for strengthening internal organizational capacity, will be considered for prompt approval; if otherwise, they will be required to submit additional documents like Business Permits, Registration, List of program or services offered to LGUs and others.

OCDMS can be accessed by going to the website, ocdms.lga.gov.ph . The system is already accessible; however, the complete guidelines is still to be announced as soon as finalized. (GG/RG, PIA4A)