BAGUIO CITY—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) here continues to equip the newly-elected and re-elected local government officials with knowledge on local governance and legislation, especially on their roles in addressing pandemic, and in attaining peace and resilience towards inclusive and sustainable development.
“The Program for Newly-Elected Officials (NEO) is a continuing intervention of the DILG, through the Local Government Academy (LGA), in its commitment to provide a harmonized and holistic capacity development delivery mechanism for local governments all over the country,” said Araceli San Jose, DILG Assistant Regional Director.
She noted that the said program is in line with the Department’s mandate to further strengthen the capability of local governments aimed towards effective and efficient delivery of basic services to the citizenry by helping NEOs effectively discharge their duties and responsibilities, as well as be able to define their development roadmaps.
The NEO Program aims to provide interventions anchored on the LGU Capacity Pillars: structure, competency, management, enabling policies, knowledge and learning, and leadership. The program is composed of Five Components that collectively aim to transform local government units (LGUs) through a series of interventions that span from their assumption in office until the end of their terms.
NEO’s five components
ARD San Jose said that the program has five components offered to all NEO, regardless of whether they are serving their first term or re-elected: ensuring smooth transition, jumpstarting local governance, creating the roadmap for LGU development, sharpening the competencies of LGU officials and staff, and LGU performance management.
The two-day capacity building program includes information dissemination and campaign awareness on ‘Disiplina Muna’ as well as President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70, series of 2018 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict and the discussion on the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling and full devolution which will impact the LGUs starting 2022. (PMTG-DILG-CAR)