With both the Luzon and Visayas Cluster already oriented on the Program for Newly Elected Officials (Program for NEOs) last April 2019 which was attended by Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) Teams, Local Resource Institutions (LRIs) and Provincial/City Directors of the Department, the LGA is now set to run the final leg of the program orientation for the Mindanao Cluster on May 27-29, 2019 in Cagayan De Oro City.

The DILG Regional and Central Offices have been steadfast in their commitment of helping the LGA implement capacity development programs and projects for local governments. Building on the success of the 2016 NEO Program, through the gains and learning in its implementation, the LGA is once again relying on the assistance of its partners in implementing the flagship program of the Department implemented through the LGA. The first two batches of program managers were oriented on the program’s framework, components, monitoring and evaluation system and support packages.

LGA’s Executive Director Thelma T. Vecina introduced “Journey Towards Peace and Resilience” as this year’s theme of the Program for NEOs, highlighting the Department’s thrust of integrating peace building measures to the program, a feature that was not present in the previous NEO programs.

Other presenters during the orientation were as follows:

Components 1: Ensuring smooth transition that involves the creation of transition teams, turnover ceremony and LGU and NEO competency profilling & Component 5: LGU performance management that comprise the LGU performance assessment were presented by Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) Director Odilon S. Pasaraba.

Component 3: Creating the roadmap for LGU development was presented by Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) Assistant Director Alfonso A. Maralli, Jr., which tackles on cohesive LGU planning and alliance building.

LGA-Local Governance Training Development Division OIC-Chief Sally S. Jumalon, on the other hand, presented Component 4: Sharpening the competencies of LGU officials and staff which covers the competency enhancement for elected officials and specialized local governance modules. And lastly, with LGOO IV Christopher Llarenas presenting the Monitoring and Evaluation of the program.

After the presentation of the program components, the support packages of the Academy for the DILG Regions were laid down by LGA - Human Resource Development Division OIC-Chief, Angelina T. Layugan with the result of the coaches mapping that was conducted last February 2019 were presented also to the regional participants.

She then highlighted the role of the local government operations officers (LGOOs) as LGU coaches on performance management, results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation, transformative participation, and strategic partnerships. She further emphasized that these are emerging roles or competencies that the cluster leaders and City/Municipal LGOOs should possess as she underscored the need to enhance competencies on these roles for the overall success of the program.

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