HLAF, in partnership with UNICEF, kicks off the SIMULA project by gathering Mentors at Tagaytay City

Written by Ma. Luisa Bautista
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In partnership with UNICEF, HLAF started to conduct a project entitled Strengthening Implementers’ by Mentoring and Uplifting Local Actors (SIMULA) project last March 2018 that focuses on strengthening regional mechanisms that aims to capacitate the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPCs) by training 10 mentors per region. As identified, the four target regions for the project implementation will commence on (1) Itogon, Benguet, (2) San Miguel, Bulacan, (3) Daet, Camarines Norte and (4) Tacloban, Leyte. Also, the project created a Project Management Committee (PMC) from key government offices consists of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWC) and Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) that will help and support the project implementation.

Last June 13-15, HLAF conducted the Mentors’ Workshop that gathered 37 mentors from the CAR, Region III, Region V and Region VIII to facilitate their inputs as mentors and how it can be integrated to the project implementation. The mentors’ workshop was also graced by representatives from the DSWD and CWC.

During the welcoming message of HLAF’s Executive Director, Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, he noted that the orientation on the SIMULA project aimed to facilitate to the mentors the concept of mentoring and integrate their inputs on how it can be applied in the project implementation, creation of sessions guides for the training and to come up with a draft mentoring plan.

For the facilitation of the mentors’ workshop, the topics discussed were Understanding Mentors’ Role, Roles of the Mentors, Elements of Effective Mentoring, Skills in Effective Training and Mentoring, establishing a Mentoring Relationship, Discussing the SIMULA Training Framework, BCPC Performance Meter and the schedules of the training per region.

During the facilitation on the discussion of the workshop regarding understanding the roles of mentors, they've discussed the mentors should have qualities like knowledgeable, with expertise, passionate, who looks beyond himself, have influential imparts and sustain level of functionalities.

Atty. Abitria also shared his input on mentors’ role. He asked the participants and gathered answers like 'what you know should be pass on to others' academic excellence, to be applied what are shared upon and imparting knowledge by duplicating yourself.

For the commencement of the project implementation, the training will start as soon as the mentors arranged the timeline for the trainings.

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