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Olongapo City - Having a Local Chief Executive that possesses a strong political will is only half of an effective and efficient local government. The other half is an informed and supportive Sanggunian, which shall ensure the delivery of services to constituents.

Following the success of the Orientation Course for the Newly- Elected Officials (NEOs), the Local Government Academy (LGA) follows-up with a program that caters to the capacity development needs of an equally important arm of local governments: the Sanggunian.

Recognizing the vital role of the so-called “think tanks” of local governments, the LGA partnered with the Provincial Government of Aurora in three-day training entitled Development Legislation: Enhancing Governance through Effective & Responsive Legislation.  Local officials and staff from the municipalities of Baler, Casiguran, Dilasag, Dinalungan, Dingalan, Dipaculao, Maria Aurora and San Luis attended the training held on October 08-10, 2019 at the Mansion Garden Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

In aid of legislation

For three-days, neophyte local legislators have undergone a series of lectures and discussions designed to give a better appreciation of the local legislative process that will help push for relevant and substantial legislation at the local level.

Topics discussed touched on pertinent aspects in the crafting of ordinances, resolutions, and other legislative actions for development such as local planning and budgeting, honing public-private partnership and financing initiatives for local development, among others.

Aurora is known and recognized for its natural and man-made beauty and is admired for its rich and diverse cultural and historical background. With this premise, participants were also given a special discussion dedicated to making the best use of their province’s assets to come up with a tourism code and usher in legislations for the development and sustainability of tourism efforts of the province.

The discussions also focused on establishing a harmonious working relationship between the executive and the legislative arm of the local government which is vital in achieving the province’s identified development roadmap.

Local think tanks

As provided for by the Local Government Code of 1991, the Sanggunian is given a wide array of functions deemed vital in addressing problems, as well as promoting the overall general welfare and development of the local government and the constituents.

Among these mandated functions are to: (1) approve ordinances and pass resolutions necessary for an efficient and effective city/municipal government; (2) generate and maximize the use of resources and revenues for the development plans, program objectives and priorities of the city/municipality; (3) enact ordinances granting franchises and authorizing the issuance of permits or licenses, upon such conditions and for such purposes intended to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants; (4) regulate activities relative to the use of land, buildings and structures within the city/municipality in order to promote the general welfare; and (5) approve ordinances which shall ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the basic services and facilities.

Part of the second leg of the Program for Newly-Elected Officials (NEOs) in jumpstarting local governance, the training provides more than just insights and appreciation of the overall local legislation and its process.  It also develops strategic local legislators who are capable of crafting ordinances that would lead local governments, in this case, the Province of Aurora in becoming a competitive, efficient and responsive institution for development.

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