The Human Development Network, in coordination with the Institute on Climate and Sustainable Cities, organized a provincial empowerment program workshop at the Governors’ Hall, Leyte Provincial Capitol, Tacloban, last July 27. The workshop was attended by the Provincial Planning and Development Office, headed by Ms. Corazon Alvero, Provincial Planning Officer, and representatives of more than 30 municipal planning offices in the province.

During the workshop, a presentation of the 2012/ 2103 Philippine Human Development Report and its implications to local planning was presented by Dr. Randy Tuaño, HDN coordinator, and an overview of the provincial economic plan was provided by Ms. Alvero. Kairos dela Cruz, ICSC program coordinator, facilitated a workshop on municipal development priorities in the afternoon. Afterwards, a discussion on the different funding mechanisms available for local governments was presented.