Improving collaboration between the department and the Local Government Academy was at the center of 2017’s first Local Governance Regional Resource Center conference

MANILA, Philippines – Planning for the future sometimes means looking back.

This is what the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had in mind when they conducted the first Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) conference for 2017.

Themed “Sharing the Vision, Forging the Future,” the event was designed to be a venue to share ideas and improve the current range of programs for the DILG Local Government Academy (LGA).

Management personnel from the central and regional offices gave their input on LGA programs that directly affect the LGRRCs and helped generate strategies for further development.

They came to the conclusion that the Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC) is not merely a physical facility or repository of knowledge products, but a dynamic and interactive program that pursues local governance excellence through knowledge sharing and innovation.

With this in mind, they committed to strengthening collaboration among central, regional, and field offices and improving internal systems and processes to successfully implement their programs.

Part of this commitment to collaboration is coordinating initiatives, which the LGA did by presenting the 2017 calendar of activities. The agency, which shifted its strategy to maximize the involvement of the field offices, hoped to synchronize their schedules with those of the regions.

Another key decision is the inclusion of central office directors and division chiefs in succeeding conferences. This will make way for effective approaches to harmonization and alignment of activities of the department and the LGA.

Aside from this, the LGA also discussed highlights from its past year, including its ISO journey and the first Capacity Development Awards for Catalysts of Excellence (CapDev ACE).

The event was conducted in Bacolod City on January 16 to 19, 2017.


Learning to communicate

In the past, the regular LGRC conferences have also been venues for improving the skills of department personnel.

This year, veteran journalist Malou Mangahas of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism also gave a lecture titled “What Stories to Tell: Communicating for Impact.”

Previous observations and assessments revealed that communication was a common problem in project implementation despite the availability of various tools, so the LGA decided it had to teach DILG personnel to get their message across.

With a focus on collaboration tackling internal interactions, the LGA is banking on improving external messaging to be a key piece of the puzzle for success in 2017.

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