The DILG Region 02 and its Local Government Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) strengthened its partnership with the members of the Multi-Stakeholders Advisory Committee (MSAC) through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement held last June 25, 2018 at Villa Blanca Hotel, Tuguegarao City.
DILG RO2 Regional Director Jonathan Paul M. Leusen Jr. said the activity, which ran under the theme “PROPEL with E-HUB: Partnering with Regional Agencies and Organizations to Promote Effective Learning with Excellence, Hardwork, Unity and Balance”, aims to foster a more open communication and a solid collaborative working strategy among members and other stakeholders in the region.
“The Department cannot do it alone,” says Leusen, as he tasked the LGRRC to connect with MSAC partners and come up with new knowledge and share them with local government units (LGUs) being the front-line service providers.
The activity was participated in by Heads and Representatives of the different Regional Line Agencies, Local Resource Institutes and Civil Society Organization.
DILG Assistant Regional Director and LGRRC Program Manager Elpidio A. Durwin said that the DILG has no monopoly of knowledge and information as well as expertise, hence, we need the collaborative support and assistance of other agencies and organizations in the implementation of various programs and projects of the Department. He hoped for a more productive, more sustained and better partnership in the future.
During the MOA Signing, the members agreed to mobilize their resources and provide venue for knowledge exchange on the different outcome areas of the Department such as intensify the fight against criminality, illegal drugs and violent extremism; pushing for transparency, accountability and effectiveness of LGUs; providing for the needs of the poor and marginalized; ensuring that LGUs are prepared and safe during calamities and disasters; building business-friendly and competitive LGUs; and strengthened internal organization capacity.
Meanwhile, Leusen also invited the committee members to attend the federalism roadshow in the near future and ask for their support for the program as he stated that, “Federalism will make governance more democratic.”