Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-7 lauded 52 local government units (LGUs) from Cebu for their continued pursuit to genuine local development during the recent conduct of Newly-Elected Officials (NEO) Orientation Course Cum Seminar on Mental Health, Legislation and Philippine Government New Normal System at the Maayo Resort in San Remigio, Cebu.
DILG-7 Regional Director Leocadio Trovela urged the LGU officials to continue supporting DILG's programs especially on the campaign against illegal drugs, anti-insurgency, environmental programs and the ease of doing business.
“Very critical ang role ng Vice Mayors and Sangguniang in pursuit of genuine local development,” said Dir. Trovela.
The NEO program is a continuing intervention of the DILG through the Local Government Academy in its commitment to provide a harmonized and holistic capacity development delivery mechanism for local governments all over the country.
According to Trovela, the event capped off with the 10th and final batch of newly-elected officials including Vice Mayors and the Sangguniang Panlungsod/Bayan Members from highly urbanized cities, component cities and municipalities of Cebu Province.
DILG-7 personnel together with the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) and other national government agencies provided technical assistance as resource persons to further capacitate local officials in adopting new normal in governance through responsive legislation.
Among the resource speakers are Cebu Provincial Director Jhoaden Lucero; LGMED Chief and the concurrent OIC of DILG Cebu City Atty Ian Kenneth Lucero; Atty. Gerlyn Mae C. Sayson of LGMED; DILG Lapu-Lapu City OIC Jonah V. Pino; LGOO V Jerson Obo; and LGOO III Jupiter Dawa.
In response, VMLP-Cebu Chapter president and Talisay City Vice Mayor Alan Bucao expressed the LGUs’ commitment to effectively carry out their avowed legislative duties.
“We have come a long to refresh ourselves with relevant issues, matters concerning our field of specialization that is crafting legislative measures. The learning we acquired wants the usual basic functions of legislators instead we were equipped with relevant issues and doable learnings that we can effectively and efficiently use to accomplish worthwhile legislative measures when we go back to our respective LGUs,” said Bucao in his closing remarks.