MANILA - All roads lead to the historic Manila hotel on Monday, December 09, 2019 as the Department’s finest were recognized for their exemplary performance and for being the true epitome of a “matino, mahusay, at maasahang” DILG personnel at the 2019 Capacity Development Awards for Catalyst of Excellence (CapDev ACE).
The Rise of the Exemplars
LGA Executive Director Thelma T. Vecina described this year’s installment of the CapDev ACE as a “great leap” and “departure from the old and current practices” marking it the rise of the Department’s exemplars.
ED Vecina, in her opening message, also made sure that the chief architect of this highly-coveted award does not go unrecognized. Now on its 4th consecutive year, the CapDev ACE is a brain child of then LGA Executive Director, now Undersecretary for Local Government Marivel C. Sacendoncillo
It is an awards program designed to recognize the DILG – Local Government sector officials, employees, and Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) units who have displayed outstanding performance in the delivery of programs, projects, and activities through capacity development.
For this year, two new categories were added  recognizing outstanding administrative personnel and consistent awardees under the same category.
The Gems of the Department
Seven (7) individuals and teams were recognized this year to join the ranks of who Undersecretary Sacedoncillo calls as “the gems of the Department”, the crème de la crème, the finest of the Department.
Joining the exemplars for this year’s CapDev ACE are:
Dagitab ng Paglilingkod

Rhodalyn O. Panganiban (DILG – NCR)
Dangal ng Kagawaran
Giselle Grace Gerial (DILG – Region VI)
Singsing ng Tanikala
Maria Maida Daniot (DILG – Region X)
Bugkos ng Bayan
Dinagat Islands (DILG – CARAGA)
Ugnay ng Mamamayan
LGRRC (DILG – Region VI)
Tatag ng Agila
Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda
Bagwis ng Paglilingkod sa Bayan
Usec. Marivel C. Sacendoncillo
For her keynote message, USLG Sacendoncillo reminded the men and women of the DILG to “continue the journey towards excellence”.
Recognizing the task and responsibilities that were vested in the Department upon assumption of the Duterte administration, the undersecretary appealed to each and every one to be heroes, echoing the country’s call for true exemplars.
In commending the awardees for this year’s Gabi ng Parangal who took the extra mile and continue to be unfazed by the challenges, she also called on the DILG personnel to look up to these gems as source of strength and inspiration.

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