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SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE – Local Governments can greatly benefit from having an information source that can address the knowledge needs of their constituents. This was the point made by DILG Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda during the orientation for the establishment of Local Governance Municipal Resource Centers in Antique recently.
Speaking to municipal mayors and information officers, Tacda cited that as the DILG’s Western Visayas Local Governance Regional Resource Center (WVLGRRC) has proved an invaluable knowledge broker at the regional level, so can municipalities directly address needs for capacity building for their constituents. The WVLGRRC has been the top LGRC in the whole Philippines for several years now, and is more noted for conducting its annual Development Talk which brings together local governance experts in various fields.
The orientation was conducted by the Antique Local Governance Provincial Resource Center (ALGPRC) which operates as the local counterpart of the LGRRC.
“I congratulate DILG Antique for being the first in the region to conduct this orientation on the sub-LGRCs. DILG Antique is truly a trailblazer in the field of LGRC”, said DILG Region 6 Asst. Regional Director/ LGRRC 6 Manager, Maria Calpiza Sardua.
The participants during the orientation also included DILG Field Officers, and the members of the ALGPRC Multi-Sectoral Advisory Committee (MSAC), the latter being the policy-making body of the ALGPRC. The MSAC included representatives from the University of Antique, Vice Mayors League of the Philippines-Antique Chapter, Liga ng mga Barangay- Antique Chapter, Antique Association of Information Officers, Philippine Information Agency-Antique, and the Provincial Federation of Sangguniang Kabataan. The MSAC members are key players in the shaping of a knowledge-sharing culture and the culture of learning within their respective organizations.
During the orientation, LGOO V Medel Espinosa guided the participants on the operations of the LGRRC, the roles and responsibilities of the members, and the different LGRRC facilities.
On the other hand, Sebaste MLGOO Ildefonso Orquejo shared the Municipality of Sebaste’s best practice in utilizing the LGRC and its facilities to successfully implement DILG and LGU programs and activities in the municipality. The LGRC has aided the municipality in quicker information dissemination during the new normal and bridged the gap in the preparation and harmonization of their local plans.
“It is essential to have a knowledge hub that caters to and facilitates knowledge exchange and uses among the various stakeholders during this digital age”, said DILG Antique Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda.
The LGRCs are expected to continuously undertake innovations and improvements in the process of creating, storing, sharing, and utilizing knowledge on local governance.
PD Tacda added that the sub-LGRCs are expected to a play vital role at the LGUs and its stakeholders in the implementation and realization of full devolution in 2022. She hopes that all the LGUs in the Province of Antique will create and fully utilize the LGRCs at the municipal level.