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MANILA, Philippines – It has been a long road for many of them, but the so-called “golden batch” has finally made it.

In a ceremony marked by cheers, 169 members of the 50th Batch celebrated their graduation on May 19, 2017 at the Local Government Academy’s (LGA) Training Center in Los Baños, Laguna.

During the rites, the former trainees received alampays marking their formal entry into the department’s ranks as Local Government Operations Officers (LGOO).

Leading this batch is topnotcher Jessa Marie S. Mendoza, an LGOO III from Region IV-A. The others in the top 10 are:

  1. Don Manuelo Patrimonio, CARAGA (Region XIII)
  2. Ronald Allan B. Fabellon, MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
  3. Mark Jason A. Veran, Region III
  4. Myla B. Panganiban. MIMAROPA
  5. Bryan N. Rivera, Region III
  6. Neil E. Beluan, CARAGA
  7. Tedrick Eivanz F. Danao, Region II
  8. Jennifer L. Licyayo, CAR
  9. Johnny F. Mandocdoc, Region III

A total of 179 people underwent the training program, which resulted in a 94.41% passing rate.

In her message to the trainees, LGA Executive Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo said she hopes this new crop of LGOOs “will continue serving the local government” with passion, motivation, and commitment.

Undersecretary for Peace and Order and officer-in-charge Catalino S. Cuy urged the new LGOOs to work closely with their supervisors and see them as mentors, especially when they encounter difficulties on the job. For its part, the department will provide them whatever support they would need as they created meaningful change in their communities, he reassured them.

On the other hand, Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A. Panadero reminded the audience that “learning has to continue,” adding “I really strongly urge you to do whatever you can to continue learning as we all perform the task that was assigned to us in the department.”

A long journey

For many of the trainees, the revalida and graduation were the first time they were all in the same room.

The training for the 50th batch of LGOOs—from general orientation to the revalida and graduation—lasted from December 2015 to May 2017. Two hosts—Region IV-A for the Luzon cluster and Region VII for the Visayas and Mindanao cluster—managed the activities for all participating regions under their cluster.

Regional implementation meant trainees attended center training within their own cluster, while their immersion assignments were in field offices within their respective regions.

The LGA designed LGOO training to equip participants to become LGOOs II or III as well as prepare them for higher positions. Completion of this training is a prerequisite for promotion.

Reflecting on their journey to becoming LGOOs, Mendoza said, “We've waited for, some of us, two years, three years, four, five, even more…but I firmly believe that this is all about right timing, and this is our time.”

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