The POPDEV Planning at the Local Level (PPLL) Project was conceived in response to the clamor for assistance in building the capability of local planners in development planning. This clamor was brought about primarily by the implementation of the 1991 Local Government Code that mandates Local Government Units (LGUs) to come up with a comprehensive local development plan.
The PPLL Project has three components, namely: institutional support, training, and research/research utilization. It is a three-pronged strategy that has been tested and found effective for over 15 years under two other POPDEV projects of NEDA -the Population and Development Planning and Research (PDPR) Projects (1980-1989) and the Integrated Population and Development Planning (IPDP) Project.
The main activity of the training component of the project is the development and conduct of training program that will develop local planners' skills in development planning through the use of the POPDEV planning approach. The training program, therefore, aims to enhance the understanding and capability of local planners in selected pilot LGUs in using the POPDEV planning approach to develop or improve their socioeconomic profile (SEP), situational analysis (SA), local development plan (LDP) and local investment plan (LIP).
The PPLL Training program takes a modular approach interspersed with a practicum to enable the local planners to work on their plan on-the-job. The program consists of four modules:
Module I : Basic Concepts of the POPDEV Planning Approach to Development Planning
Module I familiarizes the trainees with the POPDEV planning approach, its concept, tools, processes and potential gains.
Module II : Improving Situational Analysis and the Local Socioeconomic Profile
Module II assists trainees in systematically analyzing their locality's situation based on correct and relevant data and indicators derived from the SEP. Thus, Module II also helps trainees to develop a good SEP since this is one of the most important bases of a good SA.
Module III : Improving the Formulation of a Local Development Plan Using the POPDEV Planning Approach
After Module II, the trainees are given time (usually two months) to develop or improve their respective SEPs and SA at their workplace. These outputs are then brought as inputs to Module III which discusses the various components of a local development plan and shows trainees how to use the POPDEV planning approach in developing a good LDP.
Module IV : Improving the Formulation of a Local Investment Program Using the PODPEV Planning Approach
After Module III, the trainees again back to work to improve their LDP and to gather additional information needed in Module IV. Module IV helps the trainess to develop a good investment program based on their LDP. The module discusses ways of screening, assessing and prioritizing programs and projects to be included in the LIP, as well as ways of identifying and mobilizing financial resources, both internal and external.
Module IV is followed by another practicum, after which the trainees are again gathered together to refine and make consistent their three outputs - SA, LDP and LIP. These outputs are then presented to their local officials at the same gathering.