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Highlighting the inherent roles of every Local Government Unit in nation-building, October has been declared as the Local Government Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 63, series of 1992. This year’s theme “Nagmamalasakit na Pamahalaang Lokal: Sandigan ng Maunlad at Ligtas na Pamayanan”, resonates the vibrancy of LGU performances through times as they enjoy the 27 years of local autonomy.
In this year’s celebration, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 will be conducting back-to- back activities as part of the advocacy strategies among different LG stakeholders.
One of the activities to be conducted will be the 5th Regional LG Quiz on October 29, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM at Festive Mall, Megaworld, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. At least fifty (50) contestants coming from all provinces and highly urbanized cities in Region 6 will join the quiz, and will divided into three (3) categories: Sangguniang Kabataan, City/Municipal Functionaries and Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs). The contestants will compete in the Easy, Average and Difficult Rounds, following a Quiz Bee format with questions covering the Provisions of the Local Government Code, DILG Major Programs, Katarungang Pambarangay Law and National Laws and Issuances Affecting LGUs. A plaque and cash prize will be given to the top three (3) winners.
A learning event pioneered in Region 6, the Regional LG Quiz became another avenue in heightening awareness on the different undertakings of the Department as part of its mandate as an enabler and facilitator in propelling excellence in local governance.
Following the Regional LG Quiz will be the conduct of a yearly Local Governance Forum on October 30 dubbed as the Development Talk (DevTalk), to be held also in Iloilo City. Since its launch in 2008, Devtalk has garnered the positive interest and participation of LGUs and government agencies not just in this region, but other regions as well that came to know about this undertaking. This forum serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for the region covering various facets of local governance, and the different factors that affect them. It is envisioned to provide a venue for popularizing local governments’ good practices, and other programs geared towards promoting good governance.
This year’s DevTalk themed, “The Ease of Doing Business, Boosting Competitiveness” will focus on the discussion of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery (EODB-EGSD) for Local Government Units and the Launching of the Bantay Korapsyon Program of the department. This is part of the campaign for RA 11032 or the EODB Act of 2018. Participants to this year’s forum will include among others, the Local Chief Executives, DILG field officers and other local officials and functionaries of all 139 Local Government Units in Region 6.
These activities steered by DILG Region 6 intend to promote the gains and successes in local governance since the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991 (LGC), as well as to popularize the programs and projects of DILG and the different provisions of the LGC in the community. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)