Capacity Building in Support of PCSD (Capacity 21 Project)
The Capacity 21 project was a capacity-building initiative designed to assist the government in fulfilling its commitment to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Specifically, it aimed to support the PCSD in integrating the principles of Agenda 21 into national planning and development. The major components of the project were: (1) formulation of the Philippine Agenda 21 (PA21); (2) documentation of sustainable development practices; (3) human resource development; and (4) conduct of the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) programme. These components were aimed at developing stakeholders’ capacity to fulfill their mandate and perform their tasks in pursuit of sustainable development for the country.
The Capacity 21 Project has linked several government agencies (such as the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources) with several youth organizations from PO and NGOs in the preparation of the Philippine Agenda 21.
This is a catalytic project that assisted PCSD members and other stakeholder groups in building their capacity to integrate principles of sustainable development and the Philippine Agenda 21 into their development plans and programmes. One objective of the project is the upgrading and strengthening of the institutional and technical capabilities of PCSD towards the promotion and sustenance of advocacy efforts in sustainable development. That objective will be pursued through the HRD component of the project which is designed to develop competencies, knowledge and the skills necessary for the formulation, integration, monitoring and evaluation of the Philippine Agenda 21.