The LGA had a full packed venue on September 1, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center as it features two (2) of its major programs that has contributed to the government efforts of advancing the welfare of the communities. In partnership with the Galing Pook Foundation, the LGA conducted a forum with the following themes: “Reaping the Harvest of the Millennium Development Goals-Family- Based Actions for Children and their Environs in the Slums (MDG FACES): Putting Smiles in the Faces of Children” and “Disaster Management and Promoting Resilience in Local Communities”. Highlighting the event was the sharing of experiences by local government units (LGUs) with sustainable practices on localizing the MDG as well as disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).

The forum showcased the success stories of various LGUs through their local chief executives as well as direct beneficiaries of the programs. They talked about the challenges, gains and lessons learned from participating in the programs especially in improving governance capacity. 369 participants from 54 LGUs attended the forum on the MDG-FACES while there were 264 participants in the DRRM forum.

An exhibit booth also highlighted the other initiatives of the LGA and the DILG in capacitating the LGUs towards innovative and effective governance which run from August 30 to September 1, 2015. The LGA was also a contingent to the Unity Walk that officially launched the Mamamayan Mamamayani Governance Fair 2015 on August 30, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia complex.

The Governance Fair was capped by the awarding ceremony for the 2015 Galing Pook Awardees.

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