Step Up Managing Consultant attends training on mainstreaming Gender in the CDP

Michael Canares attends this week a training on mainstreaming gender in the preparation of the Comprehensive Development Plan.  He is joined by an associate of Step Up Ms. Regina Estorba-Macalandag, invited personally by the Local Area Coordinator Ms. Ester Espinosa.

The training is held at the MMLDC in Antipolo, May 24-25 and is participated in by roughly 40 people across the country.

Step Up assists PTWG-Food in its planning

The Provincial Technical Working Group on food products headed by Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief Mayette Gasatan conducted its planning session last 21 May 2010 at Casa Rey Francis, Tagbilaran City.  The activity was intended to define priorities of the working group in four priority products, namely, ubi, banana chips, cara-beef kusahos, and calamay.  As an output, the planning workshop was able to define the priority action areas of the agencies present to ensure that micro-entrepreneurs engaged in the production process will be assisted in making their livelihoods sustainable.

The PTWG on Food is composed of several agencies. Besides BCCI, national agencies as the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform, Agricultural Training Institute, Bohol Agricultural Promotion Center, and business sector representatives (Bohol Quality Pastries, Bucarez Processing) were present in the gathering.

Step Up Completes Two Attestation Engagements

Step Up recently concluded its audit of Sacred Heart Learning Center based in Baclayon and a review of the financial statements of Bohol International College Alumni Association. Both clients are part of Step Up’s mission program of making financial services accessible to small organizations while at the same time offering on-the-job trainees a concrete experience in the conduct of financial attestation services.

Step Up trainees Paul Stroud, Julius Lim, and Abraham Apit were involved in this engagement. Abraham Apit heads the junior team in ensuring that the objectives of the engagement were met.

Step Up Assists Nortehanon Access Center

The Nortehanon Access Center (NAC), Inc. was formed in late 2005 by a group of civil society organizations in Northern Samar.  The aim was to establish a broad coalition of civil society organizations that will work together and harmonize development efforts in reducing poverty in the province. With the support from the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF), a poverty mapping was conducted in 2005 to determine the poverty situation in Northern Samar and identify the poorest municipalities based on selected poverty indicators. The result of the poverty mapping posed a challenge to the local NGOs and POs.  And in October 2005, a general assembly was convened attended by 33 NGO and PO representatives which elected interim members of NAC governing board.  The interim Board subsequently drafted the VMGO and formed an organizational structure that would best respond to the development challenges in Northern Samar.  NAC was finally registered with SEC in March 27, 2006 and was granted an operational fund from PEF in December 2006.

Four years after, NAC sees the need to restrategize to make itself relevant to the communities that it sought to serve.  A strategic and financial planning was conducted by Step Up Consulting Services with the board and staff members of NAC.  The activity was held at Castle Peak Hotel in Cebu City last May 5-7, 2010.  Michael Canares, Step Up managing consultant facilitate the activity funded by Peace and Equity Foundation.