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DILG, LGA kicks off forum, urges local govts to participate

BAGUIO CITY —  As the government celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Local Government Code of 1991, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cordillera, the Local Government Academy (LGA) and other partners are urging all government officials/functionaries to take part in the month-long celebration.

“The Philippine Local Government Forum (PHLGF) is a celebration of the birth of decentralization and local autonomy in the country that was realized through a landmark legislation known as the Local Government Code of 1991,” said Araceli San Jose, Assistant Regional Director of DILG-Cordillera.

She underscored that the Local Government Code of 1991, also known as Republic Act No. 7160, paved the way to the local government units’ autonomy and decentralization of powers and functions from the national to the local level, building self-reliant communities and accountable local government structures.

She said that the agency together with the LGA and other partners bring the Philippine Local Government Forum – a month-long knowledge exchange activity which carries the theme, “Strengthening Good Local Governance towards Sustainable and Resilient Filipino Communities.”

“Our forum partners organized thematic sessions with highly relevant topics anchored on various areas of governance and the sustainable development agenda, to influence local governments make informed decisions and lead communities towards a sustainable and resilient future,” she said.

Adding, “the 16 forum sessions organized by LGA in coordination with our partners are focused on imparting relevant and practical knowledge meaningful in identifying opportunities and recommendations to improve local actions and policies,” she said.

The sessions aim to support the LGUs in preparing for the implementation of the full devolution in 2022.

Of the 16 forum sessions organized, five were classified as major thematic sessions and as follows: Localizing SDGs for Socially Protective, Safe and Inclusive Local Governments, Philippine Local Governance Reimagined, Making Local Governments Accountable in Protecting Environment, Outpacing COVID-19: Boosting Local Economic Development for Stronger PH Local Governments and Strengthening Disaster Preparedness and Management towards Good Local Governance.

There will also be nine sponsored sessions: Intensifying Localized Peace Building Efforts; Leading Local Green Economic Recovery in a COVID-19 Context; Tourism: Story-based Tourism for Towns in the New Normal; Converting Adversity to Opportunity: Rejuvenating Local Economy through Tourism Development; #YOUthCanDoIt: Young Leaders in Local Governance; Next Generation LGUs; Research, Technology, and Partnerships Empower Great Cities; Gender, Indigeneity, and Disability: Role of LGUs in Empowering the Marginalized; and Transforming Cities Post COVID-19 Pandemic: Smart City, Mobility, and Transportation. (PMTG/DILG-CAR)