Strengthening, Upscaling and Mainstreaming International Migration and Development in Calabarzon (SUMMID CALABARZON)

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SUMMID Calabarzon (Philippines)

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Tue, 04/15/2014 to Sun, 02/14/2016

Brief description of the initiative

SUMMID Calabarzon aims to strengthen, upscale and mainstream migration into local development plans through inclusive and sustainable programmes that will minimize social cost and maximize the gains of overseas migration.

Results and lessons learned

Establishment of 3 Provincial Migration Resource Centers out of 5 provinces; Inclusion of migration and development in 3 provincial development plans; Provincial government based projects and services for migrants and their families






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Main thematic areas

Diaspora engagement

Focus area

Reinforcing capacities of senders and recipients to further the impact of remittances on development
Encouraging collective investment of remittances for development in countries of origin
Addressing the main hindrances limiting the impact of remittances on development: cost and access

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Regional Director, NEDA Regional Office IV-A

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Other partners

Regional Development Council IV-A (RDC IV-A) c/o National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office IV-A with partners: (1) Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiatives Inc. (2) Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO) (3) Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) (4) Local Government Academy (LGA)

Main objectives

Specific Objectives

1. To develop and institutionalize the development framework in mainstreaming migration into the subnational/local development planning in the identified project areas;

2. To develop a unified and disaggregated M&D database in the region for better targeting and identification of appropriate interventions;

3. To reinforce convergence initiatives, develop engagement models and knowledge products, and strengthen capacities of local government units, NGOs, migrant organizations, private sector in establishing operational migration resource centers and providing comprehensive social and economic gender-sensitive programs to minimize the social cost and maximize the gains of migration;

4. To enhance the engagement of OFs and their families in the mobilization of migrant resources through various initiatives locally and overseas to promote investment and entrepreneurship to create jobs and economic opportunities.



Main activities

Preparation of a framework on mainstreaming migration into the regional development plan;

Databanking and survey on overseas Filipinos;

Establishing M&D Councils and Centers;

Capacity building and training;

Implementing projects that will minimize costs of migration;

Enhancing engagements of overseas Filipinos for local economic activities, investments and entrepreneurship.

Main beneficiaries

a. Five provinces in Region IV-A and top five sending cities/municipalities per province that will benefit from the various capacity building and trainings

b. Approximately 1,000 migrants and their families in Region IV-A and other migrants in major destination countries who will benefit from the investment and financial education course and will be provided with additional information and options for economic activities

c. Members of CMD (with at least 15 participating regional, provincial and local agencies) who will benefit from the capacity building and trainings

d. Approximately 4 NGOs and 10 private sector groups involved in M&D initiatives such as the chambers of commerce, microfinance groups, cooperatives, remittance agents, banks, etc.

e. Members of the community who will benefit from jobs and economic opportunities provided by resources of overseas Filipinos.

Project Documents

  • The provinces of Laguna, Batangas and Cavite completed a series of training of trainers on financial literacy and values education in September 3-5, September 24-26, and September 31-October 2, 2014 respectively under the JMDI project called SUMMID Calabarzon.

    SUMMID Calabarzon – which seeks to strengthen, upscale and mainstream international migration into local development in the Calabarzon region – is part of the global Joint Migration and Development Initiative programme.

    Around 30 participants representing the provincial governments, migrant families and civil society groups from the three provinces attended in each training.

  • The Department of the Interior and Local Government of the Philippines issued a memorandum directing all local government units covered by the JMDI to support and participate in its activities.

    Said memorandum also mentioned that these initiatives can serve as "best practices" on local governance that can be replicated in other regions, and can be included or translated into policies relative to local development planning as well as its consideration in the Seal of Good Local Governance.

    The memorandum also covers Region VI through the Migration and Development Initiative in Western Visayas project.

  • Representatives of the local government units (LGUs) from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Tarlac and Bohol will join the Pinoy WISE International Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    Around 300 participants are expected to gather on November 7 and 8, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza, Abu Dhabi for the Pinoy WISE International Conference. With the theme “Engaging Overseas Filipinos in Migration and Development Initiatives,” the conference aims to provide a forum for Filipinos, whether as individuals or through their organizations, to discuss how overseas migration can have a deeper and beneficial impact at the community and family levels in the Philippines.

    The event organizers – the Pinoy Worldwide Initiative for Investment, Savings and Entrepreneurship (Pinoy WISE) International-UAE, an organization involved in providing financial education to Filipino migrants in UAE; Atikha; and Bayanihan Council, an umbrella organization of all Filipino associations in Abu Dhabi – will hold the event to mobilize overseas Filipinos and their families on both sides of the migration corridor to save and invest to enable successful reintegration back into their hometowns.

  • On July 28, 2015, the Provincial Government of Cavite officially launched to the public the Cavite Migration and Development Office, the first M&D Office to be established under the Joint Migration and Development Initiative II SUMMID Calabarzon project, and the second in Region IV-A or CALABARZON. The first Migration Resource Center in CALABARZON was established by the Provincial Government of Batangas.  Cavite is among the major sending provinces of migrants overseas, mostly coming from Bacoor, Dasmarinas and Imus.

    The launching was led by Mr. Alvin Mojica, OIC of PSWDO (Provincial Social Work and Development Office) and Mr. Jesus Barrera of the PPDO (Provincial Planning and Development Office) and attended by partners and representatives from the LGUs in Cavite, NEDA IV-A, CFO, OWWA, UNDP, ATIKHA, and civil society groups, among others.

  • The Laguna Migration Resource Office, the third one-stop resource migration resource center (MRC) in Calabarzon (after Batangas and Cavite), officially opens to the public on August 12, 2015.


    The launching was led by Provincial Administrator Atty. Dulce H. Rebanal, PESO Manager Mary Jane Corcuera, and the official partners of the Joint Migration and Development Initiative II-SUMMID Calabarzon project.


    The SUMMID Calabarzon (Strengthening, Upscaling and Mainstreaming Migration and Development) project aims to establish a fully operational and functioning resource centers for overseas Filipinos and their families in all the five provinces of Region IV-A. 

  • The M&D Mainstreaming Guide primarily aims to help the local governments of CALABARZON (Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal and Quezon) in integrating M&D into their local planning, and provide them with a sample menu of services that their localities can provide for the migrants and their families. It will also provide pertinent information on international migration, issues of migrants and the national government agencies involved in M&D initiatives so the LGUs could link up with them. It will serve as practical reference to essential steps in building local institutional capacities and working towards a multi-sector engagement.

    Individuals who decide to migrate often make the decision to do so are influenced by the situation at home and in their communities. Local authorities, through plans, policies, programs, services and activities, are in the best position to influence the situation closer to the ground. They are in a position to create the environment that will serve as a push factor for migration due to lack of gainful employment opportunities or opportunities for self-development or as a pull-factor for economic reintegration and investments coming from returned migrants.

  • The Capacity-Building of Research Institutions and Personnel on Migration and Development (CARES-MD) in Region V is part of various initiatives under the Joint Migration and Development Imitative (JMDI). 

    CARES-MD focuses on strengthening the role and contribution of academic institutions in the regions in promoting a better understanding of migration and development, which in turn, would inform better policies and programs. Towards this end, CARES-MD aims to promote the following objectives: 

    • To build the capacity of academic institutions and research personnel in the regions, particularly those in the JMDI sites, to conduct migration-related research; 
    • To strengthen academic institutions as a key stakeholder in migration and development discussions and actions in the regions; and 
    • To encourage partnership between academic institutions and LGUs in research-based policy-making, developing programs, and monitoring and evaluation

    CARES-MD is a joint undertaking of the Scalabrini Migration Center, the Migration and Development Network and the City Government of Naga, with the support of JMDI.

  • On November 9 to 10, 2015, 23 select delegates from Region I representing local government units; regional offices of national government agencies; migrant associations and families; civil society and faith based groups gathered for a two-day knowledge exchange and investment promotion activities in the CALABARZON Region together with representatives from Region VI. The activity aims to demonstrate best practices, gather lessons learned, and generate ideas, plans, and information among the local stakeholders under the Migration and Development Initiative for Region I (MDI-1).  The project is spearheaded by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) with the United Nations Development Programme’s Joint Migration and Development Initiative (UNDP-JMDI), Western Union Foundation and NEDA Region 1 as partners.

  • The M&D Mainstreaming Guide primarily aims to help the local governments of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (CALABARZON) in integrating M&D into their local planning, and provide them with a sample menu of services that their localities can provide for the migrants and their families. It will also provide pertinent information on international migration, issues of migrants and the national government agencies (NGAs) involved in M&D initiatives so the LGUs could link up with them. It will serve as practical reference to essential steps in building local institutional capacities and working towards a multi-sector engagement.