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Pasig City – The Local Government Academy (LGA) works with the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) as the two institutions enter into an agreement to enhance local governance capacity development on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

With the institutionalization of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by virtue of Republic Act No. 11292 otherwise known as the Seal of Good Local Governance Act of 2019 which was signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte last April 12, 2019, the LGA, as the mandated institution to provide capacity development interventions to local government units, recognizes the need to pursue higher standards and to enhance its capacity to deliver local governance capacity development intervention.

The standards are expected to further enhance LGU capacity towards local governance excellence. By partnering with PUP, the LGA intends to augment its initiatives in strengthening the capacities of local governments for meeting the seven (7) key governance areas set for by the seal, namely: Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Disaster Preparedness, Environmental Management, Financial Administration, Peace and Order, Social Protection, and Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

The PUP, through the Center for Public Administration and Governance studies will be providing the necessary technical expertise in the conduct of various social researches across various discipline such as Political Science, Public Administration and Political Economy. Outputs from this partnership are not only expected to benefit local government units but will likewise help contribute to put forward the discourse on local governance and lead future research to touch on capacity standards on local governance.

This initiative is part of LGA’s efforts towards changing mindsets of local governments, and influencing them to cultivate a culture of performance towards good local governance.

Present during the MOA signing are LGA’s Executive Director Thelma T. Vecina, Chief of Research and Policy Development Division Marciana C. Obispo, and Head of Research Unit LGOO V Myra G. Gialogo with the PUP represented by the Vice President for Research, Extension, and Development Ms. Anna Ruby P. Gapasin.

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