PASIG CITY – Even a strong earthquake a day before the event did not stop representatives from various local resource institutions (LRIs) in attending the 2019 General Assembly of the Local Governance and Training and Research Institute – Philippines Network (LoGoTRI-PhilNet). Coming from different parts of the country and equipped with varying degrees of expertise, yet sharing the same levels of advocacy and passion, the LRIs are one in advancing the network’s vision of promoting excellence in local governance.
During the 3-day activity with the theme “Renewing Commitment to Local Governance Capacity Building, the participants have undergone face-to-face interactions and workshops in advancing the network’s programs that could respond to the growing demands for capacity development interventions amongst local government units.
On the first day, network members were given a brief retrospect by Dr. Marlo D.L. Era of De La Salle University’s – Social Development Research Center (DLSU – SDRC) on the accomplishments and the ways forward for the organization. A workshop activity provided participants opportunity to align specific programs and projects with the strategic objectives for the years 2019-2022. LGA program offerings for 2019 which would be carried out with the participation of the LRIs was likewise presented.
The Research and Policy Development team shared LGA’s Online Capacity Development Market System (OCDMS) - an online system which harmonizes the supply and demand for capacity development needs of local government units, during the second day. And on the same day, nominations for the new set of BOD members to take-over the administration of the network was also facilitated.
An orientation on the accreditation system of LGU training programs was conducted on the last day to familiarize the members on the process as well as the requirements in having their own programs accredited. This is in preparation for the proposed accreditation of training programs for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). The National Youth Commission (NYC) has opted to adopt the LoGoTRI-PhilNet’s accreditation system for the mandatory and continuing training programs for the SK.
In her closing remarks, LGA’s Executive Director Thelma T. Vecina emphasized LGA’s commitment in ensuring that the network will flourish and make its presence and relevance felt by local governments, and likewise pleaded from members to be one with the network and its initiatives, to wit: ur request to the members of the LogoTri is that grow with the organization as your institution will grow with the growth of the LogoTri-PhilNet. We want the passion and the commitment from the institutions”.
The new set of Board of Director also convened for the election of officers and to discuss the future directions of the network.
Since its inception way back in 2003, starting only with 40 LRIs, the LoGoTRI-PhilNet has now expanded its membership up to 111 LRIs nationwide. This serves as an inspiration to the network in strengthening the capacity of its members and expanding its sphere of influence on local governance capacity development.
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