program started in 2001 to turn Opol into a haven for eco-cultural
tourism and a sustainable agro-industrial community.
word in the program is DEEDS, which stands for: (i) “demayoring,”
which Municipal Mayor Dixon Q. Yasay describes as “having
less people go to the mayor” for help; (ii) education,
to sustain development; (iii) empowerment, based on the principle
that the more people are empowered the more the opportunities
for a holistic development of the government and the community;
(iv) development, which is focused on economic well-being
of the person; and (v) sustainability, through a massive change
in the people’s mindset and their participation in governance.
innovations and interventions to implement the program included
personnel development (seminars training, and masteral program
in public administration), attendance of management committee
in barangay assemblies, weekly quantifiable targets, creation
of zonal assemblies for deregulated management, and delivery
of services, among others.
the program, municipal income increased by 59%. Classification
of the municipality has been upgraded from 4th class in 2001
to 2nd class. For the first time in years, business tax and
licenses collection is already more than 100% of the target
for 2004. Number of establishments went up. Economic activities
Cooperatives were reactivated. Malnutrition had been on the
decline for the last three years. Crime rate and the number
of out-of-school youths had decreased. A high school was opened
in the hinterlands. The Opol Community College was also opened
to give more opportunities to poor and deserving students.
Agricultural production increased in the last four years.
increased participation of the community indicates a growing
democratization. The program and its management innovations
and technology are easy to adopt. Some LGUs in Northern Mindanao
are adopting some of its concepts.