Socio-economic development

Training for rural economic empowerment (TREE) year-end report, 2003

The TREE Project is designed to help contribute to lasting peace and socio-economic development in the ARMM by strengthening the capabilities of partner government agencies, private sector organizations and target communities in planning, organizing and delivering skills training and entrepreneurship development programmes. It also aims to help develop economically empowered communities through the operation of community enterprise systems and community-fund scheme by socially relevant corporate community groups.

The Project was able to achieve the following:

1. One ARMM-wide Women’s Organization (FUBMWMPC) with 20 primary members have been strengthened in Co-Fund Operation, developed as a conduit organization, and is now being organized with its own corporate arm (a non-profit foundation).

2. Three pilot Rural Workers Association were organized, registered, and are now operating the community enterprise system and Co-Fund Scheme in the former MNLF Camp Ibrahim, Bago-Enged, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

3. Six rural improvement clubs, one employees organization and one indigenous peoples organization are undergoing reorganization and training in community enterprise system and Co-Fund Scheme in Cotabato City.

All in all, the Project has already touched directly the lives of more than a thousand members of these organizations through its new CBT approach in skills training and enterprise development, community enterprise systems and community fund scheme.