Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe encouraged the local government units (LGUs) in the region to manifest principles of good governance during the culmination of the 26th Anniversary of the Local Government Code held at Grand Caprice Convention Center, Cagayan de Oro City.
“It has been 26 years since the enactment of Local Government Code,” director Agabe said. “This have been providing us with a responsive and accountable local government structure that would ensure that LGUs would be able to deliver the services needed by our constituents not only in Region 10, but in the entire country.”
With this, he reiterated that with the enactment of the LG Code, this gave the LGUs more powers, more authorities, and resources. But with these, he said that it entailed that the LGUs should be more responsible, saying that, “LGUs should always remember that with more powers, comes greater responsibilities.”
According to him, the DILG, together with the national agencies, tries to capacitate the LGUs for them to deliver the services that are expected from them. In return, the LGUs have to prove that they could perform and offer efforts in line with the principles of good governance so that more financial grants would be entrusted to them.
In addition, Agabe also reminded the LGUs to vie for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) as this would encapsulate excellence in the delivery of basic services to their respective communities, to include ensuring that they have the appropriate government structure which is responsive and accountable— manifesting the principles of good local governance.
“We are all part of the local governance,” the regional director said. “What is important is that we should know as to how we could help so that we would be able to ensure that the governance that we are seeking for will happen in our barangays, municipalities, cities, provinces and in own our region.”
ASEAN, Federalism’s awareness and advocacy
Aimed to accentuate the significance of the country’s integration to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Community, the culmination also covered a forum on ASEAN.
“With the ASEAN, small member countries will a chance to be more influential and more stable as this would promote economic growth,” said Agabe. “This would also give us, the Filipinos, an opportunity to work in other ASEAN countries without additional requirements.”
To discuss on the Philippine ASEAN Integration 2017, Information Center Manager Elaine O. Ratunil of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 10 served as the speaker.
Moreover, to propagate the information on the Federalism program, DILG 10 Assistant Regional Director Edward G. Bhagwani discussed the overview of the said program; while Roderico Y. Dumaug, Jr., a Political Science faculty from Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan, talked about the structures, systems and benefits of having a Federal from of government to the LGUs.
“We would like you to know more about federalism, because through Federalism, more resources is assured to our LGUs and we could have a government structure which will be more responsive and more appropriate to cater to all dilemmas that we have been facing throughout the years,” Agabe said.
He added that Federalism is one way to address the common sentiments, interests and needs through the creation of state governments and through decentralization. (DILG10)