April 20, 2024

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera is strengthening its partnership with various stakeholders in capacitating the local government units to be responsive and self-reliant organizations.

This is pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular 2022-052 for the operationalization of knowledge management in local governance through the local governance resource centers.

The memorandum states with the issuance of Executive Order 138, which laid out the mechanisms of full devolution, there is a need to capacitate the LGUs in taking full responsibility over devolved functions.

DILG-CAR Assistant Director Ruperto Maribbay, Jr., during the Local Governance Regional Resource Center-CAR (LGRRC) Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Council (MSAC) first quarter meeting on March 29, said there is a need to have constant collaboration among stakeholders towards the realization of their objective of promoting good governance and effecting delivery of services to the people of the region.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more innovative and efficient ways of delivering public services for effective local governance. As stakeholders, we must continue to adapt to these changing circumstances and find ways to improve our services and programs,” Maribbay said.

The discussion focused on the forging of memorandum of agreement between the DILG-CAR and its partner institutions for the attainment of the mentioned objectives. The DILG laid out possible partnership engagements to the center for collaborative governance initiative.

“I am confident with our collective efforts and of course, our dedication in showcasing our respective expertise, our innovations and best practices with our hope that this will be packaged and replicated especially by our local government units, we can overcome the challenges that lie ahead and continue to make progress towards our shared goal of building better, more responsive, and more accountable local governance systems in the Cordillera,” he added.

The DILG-CAR will group the agencies and other stakeholders into clusters to specify their functions in the MOA. Once polished and finalized, the DILG-CAR targets to hold the MOA signing in the second quarter meeting of the MSAC.

The MSAC functions as an advisory panel and as the technical working group of the LGRRC. It is composed of the academe, non-government organizations, leagues, private organizations, local resource institutions, and regional line agencies.

The LGRRC serves as a delivery mechanism of the DILG in implementing programs aligned to its outcome framework.

The LGRCs’ main services include capacity development; multimedia, knowledge and information; public education on good governance and citizenship development, and linkages and/or networking services. They may also offer other services such as research and innovations, assisting LGUs in knowledge management, and academic collaborations to advance its social and economic contributions. – Debbie E. Gasingan