Cagayan de Oro City – At least 9 existing and emerging political movements and parties from across mainland Bangsamoro have participated in last week’s back-to-back specialized training on Developing and Popularizing Party Platforms and Programs and Political Financing: Resources, Accountability, and Strategies for Emerging Parties held at Seda Centrio Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.


The resource speakers from the two-day activity are party leaders from national parties and one political party expert from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Lambert Ramirez, member of the Liberal Party Headquarters Consolidation Group, talked about the importance of party platforms in a patronage-based party system in the country as well as ways through which emerging parties can popularize their programs to their constituents. Jobelle Domingo, Program Director of the Youth Wing of Liberal Party of the Philippines, shared how parties in the Philippines generate resources and how emerging parties can ethically and sustainably collect them. Both presentations were supplemented with international inputs from Iain Gill, political party adviser of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy through his participation via Zoom.


For both trainings, the 25 participants were guided on how to apply the learned concepts through simulation exercises on how to develop and popularize their programs as well as think of ways on how they can raise resources (monetary and non-monetary) to sustain the operation of the party and to finance their campaigns come election season. This is the last of the training series and capacity-building component under the project. Upcoming activities until March of this year will include café sessions, podcasts, experts’ forum on Bangsamoro elections, mentoring programs, online sessions for parties, and publication and popularization of primer and modules.


This project is implemented by IAG in partnership with WFD which aims to enhance the understanding and skills of civil society and political leaders on political party work thereby broadening their options in regard to becoming proactively engaged in the Bangsamoro governance.