Written by Christian M. Nagaynay
Category: News and Updates
Published: 06 March 2014
Banking on the presence of active multi-stakeholders and the positive reception of Local Government Units in the region, the Local Governance Regional Resource Center VI continues its journey as a dynamic institution of innovations leading to its recognition as the 2013 Best LGRRC out of the 17 LGRCs in the country.
The award was given on February 28, 2014 at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City by the Local Government Academy (LGA) headed by Executive Director Marivel Sacendoncillo, Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero together with Mr. Hans Farnhammer of the European Union who has provided significant support in the development of the LGRRCs in the past few years.
Rounding up the accomplishment LGRRC VI was also the runner up on the exhibit during the same event dubbed as Gnosis Synergia, (Knowledge Synergy). This gave the DILG Region VI big wins for 2013.
Regional Director Anthony Nuyda received the awards together with Dino Ponsaran, Head of Multi-media and Knowledge Information Facility, Christian Nagaynay, LGRRC Coordinator, MSAC Members Arce Dion Chua of the GIZ EnRD, Dr. Andreas Lange of GIZ, Dr. Andres Ortega of the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology and Mr. Emmnauel Areno of the ICODE-NGO.
The other winners included the National Capital Region, 1st runner-up Best LGRRC, Davao Region, 2nd runner-up, Best LGRRC. For the exhibit, CARAGA Region got the 1st place for their Balangay Concept and NCR capping up the award line as 2nd runner-up showcasing their ICT based programs.
LGRRC VI exhibit highlighted several programs LGRRC VI is truly proud to say a first in Western Visayas and in the country, thus the tagline Experience Western Visayas’ First! An indicative mark of successful partnership which lead to these living innovations.
The exhibit is a showcase of strong connections as represented by the indigenous cloths and mats weaved out of colorful threads and pieces resulting into a magnanimous piece of art. An allegory to how these small pieces were bonded to translate the triumphs LGRRC VI has been enjoying.
Below is the excerpt from the presentation made during the awarding ceremony:
LGRRC VI: Weaving Connections, Living Innovations
The Local Governance Regional Resource Center 6 has indeed come a long way from its birth in 2005 if we view its significant contributions to the attainment of local development in Western Visayas
How do we do this?
Perhaps, it is normal that the start of every journey entails a bumpy ride. In the effort to collaborate and extend partnership, hesitations would always normal. The MSAC at once has been a troubled child, when meetings are rarely, quorums hardly met and commitment painstakingly made. This is hump number one, which lead us to the second one.
What is in store for us?
LGRRC VI has to exploit the edge of creativity and convincing powers to ensure the participation of members whose immediate response would be the buy-in factor at their end. This is very hard and it took several turns before we mastered the drive. This is also a common issue at the internal side, when personnel are also questioning the gaining side of adapting the KM concepts introduced through the LGRCs. The struggle has been both the internal and the external environment which leads us to hump number three.
Where do we position?
Structuring the external connections and operations has been a daunting task considering that previous issues were not yet completely clarified. The condition of introducing another layer of work assignment and delegation of authority becomes unrealistic towards others perception.
Why do we have to do this?
Simply, LGRRC VI has to do series of meetings and dialogues to strengthen the advocacy on the added value of being part of the circle. It has been an attitude and perception issue which the LGRRC VI has contended with.
This is new, it might not work.
Change will always be a painful process and LGRRC VI has endured the apprehensions and reluctance from the MSAC and other partner institutions.
Credit it to the strong support from the top management in the region, that all these humps have been flattened and eased out. Undeniably the leadership buy-in has steered the commitment from each of the MSAC members. The leadership factor of now retired RD Evelyn Trompeta who has seen and endured the LGRRC birthpains in the region has been a big part of the LGRRC VI’s success. Her commendable performance and untarnished integrity has placed DILG Region VI and the LGRRC into the pedestal it is enjoying right now. Good thing again, LGRRC VI has nothing to worry as it is enjoying the same support from the new Regional Director, Atty. Anthony Nuyda who also had his share of LGRRC VI beginnings in 2008-2010 when served as the ARD then.
This brings us to the several gains we can truly be proud of and we are happy to share as well.
We are getting the point. We are ready to give it a shot. It has been a workable system. So we are finally into this.
We thought outside the box with the support of National Government Agencies, Civil Society Organizations and the Academe. The Search for Excellence in Local Governance Award or EXCELL is a best example of an inter-agency collaboration, coordination and support. EXCELL was conceptualized in 2008. With perseverance, we also got the support of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Canadian Urban Institute.
To date, EXCELL has taken a step of becoming an avenue for identifying and recognizing the best practices in the region. It awakened the competitive spirit of local officials thus increasing the level of performance in LGUs. It’s replication to various sub-regional units have been a testament of its relevance in providing awards and incentives mechanism as driving point of pushing progress. Evidently, through EXCELL we complemented the LGPMS to monitor LGU performance and eventually resulting to the increase in the Over-all Performance Index of the Region. And lately, the struggle and labor has paid-off when EXCELL has been chosen as one of the semi-finalists in the on the Best Public Sector Project Awards of the Regional Development Council VI.
Another innovation is the establishment of the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium or the WVLGRC, through the Local Governance Regional Resource Center. The WVLGRC is composed of four academic institutions and the DILG-LGRRC 6, formally organized in September 4, 2012. The consortium is envisioned to be an implementing partner of the DILG LGRRC in pursuing excellence and innovations in local governance in Region 6. It will serve as the training arm of the region and a facility for knowledge management, sharing and research. The WVLGRC is now the Regional WATSAN Hub and the host of the pool of coaches for LED4LGUs. With the help of the GIZ, the consortium is now operating its web portal through its own website.
The DILG VI has been in the front run of pioneering the Codification Project in partnership with the Decentralization Program of the GIZ. A simplified codification manual has been formulated being the first of its kind in the country. And showcasing these best practices, we also came with the Development Talk or Devtalk as a venue for knowledge sharing and replication. But seeing the need to highlight issues and concern on land use planning, we introduced another platform which is the yearly Land Use Forum—an initiative truly unique in Region VI. Last year we conducted the Capacity Development Expo which along with the Devtalk capped the celebration of the LGC Anniversary in the region.
We are also proud to share, that DILG Region VI is home to the PRAISE-PISAN, PISAN is an Ilonggo term which means industrious and also stands for Personnel Incentive for Service and Novelty. This is an award system for the personnel in which it has pushed for the nominations and eventually the recognition of several employees in the Honor and Awards Program of the Civil Service Commission.
Our latest innovation is the Regional LGPMS Stewardship Award, inspired by the similar award of the Department. It is a support mechanism in popularizing and enhancing quality reporting through the LGPMS being the vital tool used by the Department in assessing the LGU performance. It is our strategy to encourage our Action Officers to take a more aggressive approach in advocating the utilization of LGPMS.
These initiatives put premium on the invaluable contributions and feedback of stakeholders coming from the partner agencies, CSOs, volunteers, and LGUs. These awards highlight the best practices and innovations of LGUs and our own personnel. The awarding ceremony becomes in itself, a knowledge sharing experience – the Pagdayaw!
We are trailblazing. The unique programs in the region have continuously attracted support from the LGUs, the MSAC and the different partner institutions. We are weaving connections. Considering most of the LGRRC initiatives are funded externally, it unceasingly expands its network, getting the best coverage possible. We are ensuring sustainability, the WVLGRC and the sub-regional LGRCS have been the mechanism that KM activities initiated in the regional level through the LGRRC have to be sustained and improved. We are defining the living innovations. An indication that LGRRC VI has its way forward in ensuring that these innovations remain relevant from the present needs.
The LGRRC VI takes off from the parameter of expanded network and alliances, weaving these connections together. These collaborations have been the sustainable mechanism towards excellence in local governance. As an end result, DILG Region VI through the LGRRC VI has been the trailblazer in initiating programs and projects unique to the region, a first of its kind in the country and truly living innovations only in Western Visayas. (LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay, LGRRC Coordinator, DILG6)