Project Management for the LGU Integrity Circles

Countrywide Development of a Culture of Integrity Through Multi-Sectoral Local Government Integrity Circles Second Workshop, Project Management Sessions, January 14-16, 2019

One initiative in the Philippine Local Government Unit (LGU) to strengthen integrity in the public sector is the Partnership for Integrity & Jobs (Project I4J) which is a project co-funded by the European Union and its partners. It is implemented by the consortium composed of European Union (EU), Konrad-Adenaur Stiftung (KAS), and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (eccp), in partnership with the Centrist Democracy Political Institute, League of Cities of the Philippines, the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, and the League of Provinces of the Philippines.

The AIM Team Energy Center for Bridging Leadership, Asian Institute of Management (AIM), in partnership with KAS and the LoGIC Networks Philippines, has provided two capability development workshops thus far to support Project I4J’s Countrywide Development of a Culture of Integrity through Multi-sectoral Local Government Integrity Circles. The first workshop held on August 7-9, 2018 introduced using the Bridging Leadership approach of ownership, co-ownership and co-creation of possible integrity mechanism solutions to address the problem of corruption. The second workshop held on January 14-16, 2019 focused on co-owning integrity mechanism and project initiation/project management.

Project management sessions were included to equip the LGU Integrity Circles participants to learn some fundamental project management concepts and tools to help them plan and implement their integrity projects. Compressing key project management concepts and tools in a less than one day workshop is challenging. Nevertheless, focusing on selected fundamentals on project initiation, such as preparing a project charter, in the given six hours is better than none and can help Integrity Circle members better articulate their specific project objectives, scope/deliverables, schedule and cost/budget.

Such a short introduction may not be sufficient, however, and providing more intensive practical project management training with coaching and mentoring on application as a follow-up can support the Integrity Circle members a longer way. The LGUs that are not used to the discipline and best practices of project management can definitely benefit from such training and coaching and mentoring. On the other hand, the top executives, our governors, vice governors, mayors, vice mayors and other key officials can benefit as well from project sponsorship training.

It is heartening to learn that while perhaps many LGUs may not yet have a Code of Ethics and programs to develop a culture of integrity, some have identified developing such a code as one of their integrity mechanism projects.

To learn more about the initiatives and organizations mentioned in this post, here are some links below.