NASSA, PhilamLife to train dioceses in skills development

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NASSA executive secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez seals with Maximillan Ventura of PFI an agreement to provide skills development for diocesan partners.

MANILA, Jan. 24, 2014—The National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference has partnered with PhilamLife Foundation in training diocesan partners to acquire new skills for development. 

In a memorandum of agreement signed on January 21 with NASSA, Philam Foundation, Inc (PFI) agreed to have its employees from different departments to help NASSA, including the Social Action Centers in all dioceses to acquire and develop new skills on financial management, marketing strategies, communication development, training and other skills needed. 

Maximillan G. Ventura, PFI Executive Director, said that together with CBCP-NASSA, PFI envisions an empowered Filipino society. 

“CBCP-NASSA has always been in the front line in advocating for social development in the Philippines. We believe that this partnership can respond to the need of social change though active volunteerism and engagement,” Ventura said. 

NASSA will provide PFI with training needs analysis which will be gathered through conduct of surveys, focused group discussions or one-on-one sessions with the different partners. 

These, in turn will help PFI, in coordination with the Subject Matter Experts (SME) and Subject Matter Departments (SMD), to create and develop the modules that will address the specific needs of the organization. 

“Trainings will be conducted to the identified individuals or partners. After each training, there would be mentoring, coaching and evaluation to ensure that the concepts learned during the seminars will be effectively applied in the partner’s daily accomplishments of their tasks,” Fr. Edwin Gariguez, NASSA Executive Secretary said. 

“Continuous communication between the partners-beneficiaries will be sustained to address immediate needs, gather feedbacks, monitor and evaluate, and improve the program,” he added. 

PFI will shoulder expenses of volunteers, such as transportation and other resource materials, while NASSA for its part, will shoulder all logistic concerns such as venue for training, food for the participants and information dissemination among its parish staff and partners. 

The period of engagement of each volunteer with the dioceses or parishes may extend to one to two months, or more depending on the needs identified in the assessment of skills. 

To generate result and impact learning between the partner organizations, a series of Saturdays may also be dedicated for the accomplishment and evaluation of tasks. 

The partnership is called “KaAkbay Professional Volunteering” program, that engages various activities to support advocacies on education, environment, and social development. (SocialActionNews)

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