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October is a momentous month for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) each year as this marks the commemoration of the passage of the Local Government Code 1991. In line with its birth, October has also been declared as Local Government Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 63 series of 1992.

This year, the DILG Region 6, in celebration of the third decade of the LGC, has dubbed the month-long celebration ‘October Best’. Ensuring the safety of all involved and in keeping up with the times, the Region will make use of the online platform to dole out a series of worthwhile activities that would promote and uphold good local governance. 

The DILG – Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) 6 flagship program Development Talk or DevTalk continues to be a highlight of the annual LG Code Month and Anniversary celebration. Thus, it served as the opening activity with the theme, “Reshaping Local Autonomy, Past 30: Revving-up Full Devolution Beyond the Pandemic, and its Three Decades of Promise to LGUs.”

 

Now on its 12th year, DevTalk continues to be the contribution of the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) to the Local Government Code Anniversary.  It has become one of the drivers of partnership and collaboration with other organizations such as German Technology Cooperation (GIZ), the Local Government Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED), and the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium (WVLGRC) comprised of the Central Philippine University (CPU), the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), Iloilo Science and Technology University, and the University of San Agustin.

“For more than a decade now, DevTalk as the regional knowledge-sharing platform has consistently served as an avenue for discussion on various areas of local governance through its annual themes,” said DILG Regional Director Juan Jovian Ingeniero. 

“This year’s theme becomes more meaningful and relevant as we look back to the challenges and learnings of the past two years of Covid-19 pandemic; and prepare in the transition both our people and the LGUs to the implementation of full devolution comes 2022,” he added. 

The 2021 LG Code Anniversary is also a pivotal moment for the DILG Region 6. For the first time since its inception 12 years ago, this year’s edition of DevTalk will be conducted not in one, but in four parts – the longest and most extensive so far of this endeavor.

DevTalk 2021 will focus on DILG Knowledge Management (KM) Best Practices (October 6); partnership as an essential tool in the delivery of capacity development program exemplified in the operation of the WVLGRC (October 13); Contact Tracing Best Practices (October 20); and continued work and journey toward a Peaceful and Orderly society (October 27).

But DevTalk is just one part of this year’s grand LG Month scheme. Among the things we look forward is another DILG Region 6 brand -- the Local Governance Quiz or LG Quiz, slated on October 29. The first virtual edition of this annual event was conducted last year, and it is aimed not just to continue this tradition in 2021 but further enhance it with more twists and challenges, so as to better test the knowledge and skills of our local government units (LGUs) and DILG personnel -- who are in the frontline of ensuring good local governance.

LG Quiz serves as a revitalizing platform for the region as it covers various facets and trends on local governance in terms of policies, programs and activities.  This year’s LG Quiz will focus not just on RA 7160 but on topics across LGU outcome areas to further magnify on the future directions of the government.

With this year's theme, the 2021 LG Quiz will also be an advocacy mechanism to highlight the various DILG programs and provisions of the Local Government Code in the community with special focus on COVID -19- Contact Tracing; Ease of Doing Business and Efficiency in Government Service Delivery (EODB Law); Peace and Order; and Building Resilient LGUs through Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM/CCA). The LG Quiz will create a positive and interactive learning experience where barangays and city/municipal personnel can meet with the department and provide new facts on the implementation of DILG programs while enhancing their competencies.

Likewise, the DILG VI Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Program will be presented. Over and above the requirements of the national government in the formulation of OSH Program, is a strong determination to ensure the safety and health of each and every DILG VI personnel.

There will also be a season 3 of the Radio Program entitled, “Ikaw kag ang DILG.” This time, it will be focused on the efforts on RCSP, CUCPD, and SBDP. Launching of the Excel Awards is also part of the LG Code anniversary program.

 In his invitation with words of encouragement, RD  Ingeniero said, “It is our hope and wish that you will be with us in most -- if not all -- of this year’s celebration.  Let us all continue to make October of every year exciting and riveting.  As we celebrate this year’s LGC Anniversary, may we continue to be “Matino, Mahusay, at Maasahang kawani para sa mas mapagkalinga at maunlad na Pamahalaang Lokal.”#