Busan, South Korea – Delegates from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Local Government Academy (LGA) represented the country at the 2019 Commemorative Summit of the Association and South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) on November 26, 2019, held at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan, South Korea.

The Philippine delegation, spearheaded by no less than the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo M. Año presented the local governance capacity development in the Philippines before the Ministerial Roundtable Session on Public Service Innovation. About 300 ASEAN delegates, officials and students, and public service officials and experts attended the event.

In his presentation, SILG Año highlighted and introduced to the regional community the various local governance capacity development initiatives with a focus on the 2019 Program for the Newly-Elected Officials and the country's framework for capacity development.

Also accompanying the SILG for the summit were Undersecretary for Local Government Marivel C. Sacendoncillo, Assistant Secretary for Peace and Order Manuel Felix, LGA Assistant Director Esmeralda Daphne N. Purnell, and Dennis C. Munchua, Information Systems Analyst III.

The DILG - LGA, likewise took part in the ASEAN – Korea Exhibition on Public Service Innovation which showcased best practices on public services of ASEAN member states.

Anchoring on the capacity development framework, the exhibit introduced the Local Governance Capacity Development in the Philippines, featuring various local governance capacity development interventions such as the Program for NEOs; Sustainable Development Goals – Family-based Actions for Children and their Environs in the Slums (SDG – FACES) Project; the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG); the Local Governance Training and Research Institutes – Asia Pacific (LOGOTRI ASPAC); Local Governance Training and Research Institutes – Philippine Network (LoGoTRI-PhilNet); and the Development LIVE (DevLIVE), among others.

The exhibit highlighted the role of the Department through the LGA in strengthening capacities of LGUs by pursuing knowledge management, knowledge brokering, and knowledge innovation on local governance.

Through the exhibit, the LGA brings closer to the ASEAN community the country's way of changing mindsets and influencing the behavior of local governments towards being "matino, mahusay, at maaasahan".

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