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MANILA, Philippines – Continuing their longstanding support for creative solutions to local issues, the Local Government Academy (LGA) and Galing Pook Foundation are set to hold a forum and exhibit highlighting some of the best practices in the Philippines

Called the “Festival of Best Practices,” the activity will be held on October 11 to 12, 2017, at Novotel Hotel in Quezon City.

The program includes a discussion on renewable energy sources and presentations on the best practices of select local government units (LGU). Its main highlights, however, are exhibits on innovations from the Philippines’ different regions and the 2017 Galing Pook Awarding Ceremonies.

Sharing smart solutions

Participants will hear from representatives of local governments whose programs, policies, and systems have been recognized by the LGA for promoting innovation in local governance.

The lineup of speakers includes Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco and Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Donna P. Magno, who will both present their respective disaster preparedness and resilience initiatives.

Meanwhile, other LGUs presenting during the forum are:

  • Quezon City
  • Municipality of Carmona, Cavite
  • Cauayan City
  • Municipality of Piddig, Ilocos Norte
  • City of San Fernando, La Union
  • Municipality of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur

Marketplace of ideas

Aside from the panel discussions, participants can learn more about available best practices by visiting the exhibit space.

LGU officials can visit the different booths managed by the Local Governance Regional Resource Centers (LGRRCs) and select best practices they want to apply in their own communities. They can then enter into an agreement to begin the replication process.

These practices can come from the following fields:

  • Local economic development
  • Environmental protection and renewable energy
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Social protection
  • Peace and order

Innovation meets local governance

This activity falls under the LGA’s Local Governance Innovative Solutions Bank (LGISB), a program giving LGUs an opportunity to share any innovation they developed and adapt other initiatives submitted to their area.

Three solutions were first “deposited” in the bank, including the following:

  • Quezon City: Katok ng Pagbabago (a community-based rehabilitation program)
  • Tagum City: Regulatory Simplification
  • Barangay Hingatungan, Silago, Leyte: Katarungang Pambarangay (barangay justice system)

Representatives from the 3 LGUs deposited the practices during the LGISB’s launch on October 27, 2017. (READ: #25ANDBEYOND: LGA unveils two programs in bid to provide more effective governance training)

A total of 14 practices are available and ready for replication. Staff from the LGA will be on hand to assist participants interested in replication.

A livestream will be available on the LGA’s Facebook page. Like the page for updates on Best Practice Festival and other initiatives.

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