Mainstreaming Migration in Local Development Plans

Project Summary

This project is being implemented by International Organization for Migrants (IOM) in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the City Government of Naga.  It aims to contribute to the Philippine Government’s efforts to improve migration management in the country, in accordance with the recently-adopted EU-GRP Multi-Annual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2011-2013.  To this end, the project shall:  (1) facilitate multi-sectoral interaction by convening Stakeholders’ Series of Conferences and Consultations at the national and local levels; (2) assist in the drafting of the Naga City local development plan for 2011-2012 through potential reference to the IOM supported GMG Mainstreaming handbook; and (3)  draft and disseminate a process documentation paper on mainstreaming migration in local development planning:  the Naga City experience

Panel of Reactors (from left to right): Fr. Battistella (Scalabrini Migration Center), Ms. Hagstrom (EU), Mr. Getchell (IOM-Canberra), Sec. Nicolas (CFO), Mayor Bongat (Naga City), Mr. Prilles (Naga City Planning & Development Office)

Project Update

The project implementation is being managed by a Technical Working Group (TWG) organized to perform programmatic oversight and advice on the relevance and modalities of the over-all approach and strategy of the project.

In July-August, the TWG facilitated a series of sectoral consultations to gather migration issues and concerns to be integrated in the draft of the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for 2012-20.  Sectors consulted were the Naga City National People’s Council (NCPC), Urban Poor, Children of OFWs, Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (MNCCI), Remittance Channels, School Administrators, Media Practitioners and the Association of Barangay Captains.  The CDP draft was then presented to the local Civil Society Groups in Naga City through a Multi-Stakeholder workshop last August 13, 2011 for validation of the mainstreamed migration concerns and for further inputs.

On September 21, 2011, the enhanced CDP was subjected to a Feedback Session with key stakeholders in migration and development (M&D) from the government sector, the international community, civil society and the academe, to review and provide input on the CDP.  M&D experts from the Scalabrini Migration Center, Commission on Filipinos Overseas, European Union and IOM-Canberra provided valuable assessment and feedback on the enhanced CDP which was presented by the City Government of Naga led by Mayor John G. Bongat.  The participants also gave comments, suggestions and recommendations to further enhance the migration and development content of the CDP.

The proposed Overseas Filipinos (OF) programs and projects featured in the key sections of the CDP were:

  1. Social protection
  2. Economic Development
  3. Migrant services
  4. More effective, efficient land titling and administration
  5. Mechanisms for financing local development projects
  6. Institution building

Taking stock of the valuable inputs from the Feedback Session, the City Government of Naga will finalize the CDP draft in October and present the final version to local and national stakeholders in November this year.  The TWG will also produce a manual out of the Naga pilot experience in mainstreaming migration in local development plan and launch it in December to provide other LGUs with guidelines for conducting a similar process in their localities.




For more information, please contact
Dave Bercasio, IOM Programme Manager, (
Mr. Wilfredo B. Prilles Jr., Coordinator, Naga City Planning & Development Office (