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MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGU) from around the Philippines showcased their best practices during the “Festival of Best Practices” on October 11 to 12, 2017. (READ: LGA, Galing Pook to hold ‘Festival of Best Practices’ during Local Government Week)

The series of activities, a partnership between the Local Government Academy (LGA) and the Galing Pook Foundation featured an exhibit and a series of forums to highlight creative solutions to local problems.

Calling it “a learning celebration,” Galing Pook Chairperson Ma. Lourdes Fernando struck a hopeful note. “Today, despite adverse happenings, political rumblings, EJKs, and all the negative issues, we know that we in the Philippines will overcome these challenges and face them with even more creative solutions,” she said.

Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero was also in a celebratory mood.

“It has become our tradition to look back and discover the abilities of the LGUs and bring to fruition the goals and promises of the Local Government Code. It is also timely for us to celebrate and draw inspiration from the local governments because this October is the 26th anniversary of the Local Government Code,” he said in Filipino.

Best practices as ‘pasalubong’

Four panel presentations held on October 11 brought together local officials to learn how some LGUs were able to tackle the problems and promote their advocacies.

Topics ranged from local economic development and good governance to the rehabilitation of drug dependents and persons with disabilities.

Most of the best practices are examples of the successful localization of existing programs and policies. This is true for the City of San Fernando and Cauayan City, both of which adjusted the policy on regulatory simplification and the sustainable development goals, respectively, to better fit their communities.

On the other hand, Batanes and Dumingag—a town in Zamboanga del Sur—turned to indigenous practices and adapted national frameworks to the local mindset.

The other selected LGUs—Quezon City; Carmona, Cavite; Iloilo City; and Piddig, Ilocos Norte—developed and implemented their own policies to solve their town’s problems.

(Click here to learn more about the LGUs and their best practices)

“This is the abundant harvest from local governments in the country,” said LGA Executive Director Marivel Sacendoncillo of the presentations. “We hope that those who have been quietly listening were able to pick up ideas that you can bring home,” she added, comparing the lessons to pasalubong, or treats they could take back to their communities.

Replicate and adapt

Meanwhile, the Local Governance Regional Resource Centers (LGRRC) displayed best practices from their respective LGUs. Visitors could learn about the featured programs and, for those coming from LGUs, begin their participation in the Local Governance Innovative Solutions Bank (LGISB).

The LGISB is an LGA initiative which allows LGUs to search for best practices from other local governments and enter into agreements for replication.

Helping them adapt these initiatives is the Department of the Interior and Local Government, which will provide technical assistance to participating LGUs.

Sacendoncillo encouraged the audience to participate in the replication: “We’re hoping that, with the replication, we can move you into being recognized. You can modify, add, to the best practice to fit your own requirements, suit your own needs.”

 

You can view photos from the activity by clicking here.

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