The Mission Alliance Philippines (MAP) and Lingap Pangkabataan, Incorporated (LPI) forged a 5-year partnership deal for a Child-focused Community-based Development Project in selected urban poor communities in Metro Manila.
The Memorandum of Agreement was signed early this year by the representatives of both development organizations.
Representing LPI is Mr. Norman Franklin C. Agustin and Ms. Nancy C. Nicolas, Executive Director and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees respectively; and Ms. Hanna Sofie Johansen and Andreas Andersen, Mission Alliance Country Director and Secretary General respectively.
The child-focused community-based development project will be implemented in 5 urban poor areas in Metro Manila particularly in Brgy. Bagong Lupa also known as BASECO in the City of Manila, Brgy. Eulogio Rodriguez, Sr. and Brgy. Escopa 3 both in the 3rd district of Quezon City, and Brgy. 170 and 180 in Caloocan City.
Prior to the signing of the MOA, Rev. Benji De Jesus, LPI Board member facilitated a reflection session on the topic partnership where he quoted a verse in the book of Ecclesiastes that says “two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” He also gave emphasis that “more is accomplished through partnership”.
Partnership is one of LPI’s strategy of engaging the participation of other like-minded organizations that will ensure project sustainability. Faith-based organizations, people’s organization and other stakeholders sharing the same vision for children and youth are encouraged to take part in LPI’s community development initiatives.
The Episcopal Diocese of Central Philippines (EDCP) through the leadership of their Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Dixie Taclobao had already signified their intent to be part of this child-focused endeavor since the Diocese have already established their presence in the two barangays in Caloocan where the project will be implemented.