Today is: Thu, May 23, 2013
The GEM 3 Program continues and expands the work carried out under GEM 1 (1995-2002) and GEM 2 (2002-2007). GEM began in January, 2008. The program is expected to operate until the end of 2012. GEM operates throughout Mindanao, with a special focus on the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other conflict-affected areas of Mindanao (CAAM).
- Accelerate economic growth in Mindanao and help assure that as many people as possible benefit from the economic growth and that the benefits are equitably distributed.
- Help bring about and consolidate peace in Mindanao.
GEM WORKS WITH: producer associations and cooperatives; the Mindanao Business Council; the ARMM Business Council; chambers of commerce; private firms; the Mindanao Economic Development Council; the Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; national government line agencies; provincial and local governments; bilateral and multilateral donor agencies; and other organizations and individuals working to bring about equitably distributed economic growth and strengthened peace in Mindanao.
- Infrastructure Development
- Workforce Preparation
- Business Growth
- Governance Improvement
- Former Combatant Reintegration
PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
Barangay Infrastructure Project (BIP): BIPs are "small-scale" infrastructure projects constructed to help increase economic growth in barangays, and to demonstrate the determination of the GRP and USAID to be responsive to the needs of Mindanao’s religious and cultural minorities. GEM will undertake the construction of approximately 1,000 BIPs, located primarily in the ARMM and other CAAM.
Regional Impact Projects (RIP). RIPs are high-visibility economic infrastructure projects that could catalyze the expansion of existing business or industry in a region or even make possible the emergence of new businesses or industries. GEM will undertake the construction of 15-20 RIPs located primarily in the ARMM and other CAAM.
Computer Literacy and Internet Connection (CLIC) Project. CLIC will provide internet-connected computers to additional high schools in conflict-affected areas.
Education Awareness and Support Effort (EASE) Project. EASE will provide peso-for-peso matching grants to the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) of up to 1,000 schools to improve specific education programs such as the establishment of libraries, science laboratories and multimedia computer centers.
Job Enabling English Proficiency (JEEP) Project. A new customized English language training program helping Mindanao graduates to access local employment. USAID has suspended its participation in the JEEP English language training project in Mindanao pending further review.
Investments in Vocational, Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary Studies (INVESTS). INVESTS is designed to respond to education and training needs and situations, and the receipt of support from the project takes into account other factors such as the determination to complete specific programs to be able to compete more successfully for stable employment.
Revenue Enhancement And Progress (REAP) Project for LGUs. GEM will help ARMM and CAAM LGUs substantially increase the amount of revenue collected through property, business and other local taxes including fees and charges, and will provide successful LGUs with material benefits when they reach jointly agreed annual revenue increase targets.
Congressional Internship Program for Young Muslim Leaders (CIPYML). GEM will provide qualified recent graduates of colleges in ARMM and other conflict-affected areas with the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience in legislation and policy formulation through an internship at the Philippine House of Representatives.
Business Support Organization (BSO) Development. GEM will identify, and increase the effectiveness of selected BSOs, assist BSOs working in the tourism and aquaculture sectors; and support advocacy for improved LGU performance in revenue generation, corruption control and improved quality of education.
Targeted Commodity Expansion Project (TCEP). TCEP will help to triple international exports and domestic out-shipments of targeted commodities like fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, tuna, carrageenan and high-value marine products such as abalone, grouper and sea cucumber. TCEP will also help to expand warehousing, cold storage and VHT facilities to support the increased export and out-shipment of targeted commodities, and will assist producer-associations to improve their competitiveness through training and information on improved production, packaging and marketing. TCEP activities will provide selected communities of former MNLF combatants with pre- and post-harvest facilities needed to achieve more profitable farming/fishing, and will implement community development activities for selected barangays in the Sulu Archipelago.
Exploratory Investments in Key Industries. GEM will help to "jump-start" investment in key industries such as tourism and will help to improve the community outreach activities of selected responsible mining firms.
Livelihood Enhancement and Peace (LEAP) Program
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) - Livelihood Enhancement and Peace (LEAP) Program. GEM will provide selected former MNLF communities with pre and post harvest facilities.
Chief of Party, GEM Program
Program Management Office (PMO)
2/F, Damosa Business Center, Damosa Complex
Angliongto Road, Lanang, Davao City 8000
Tel: (082) 234-7720; Fax:(082) 234-3060
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