DILG Region 1 to hold basic orientation for LCEs

August 17, 2016

The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) will hold a Basic Orientation for 80 re-elected and newly-elected local chief executives (LCEs) of the region on August 30-September 1, 2016.

The Basic Orientation is Part I of the second component of the Newly-Elected Officials (NEO) Program of the Department which will introduce the NEOs to the organizational, political, and constitutional environment of public service at the local government level.

DILG Region 1 Director Julie J. Daquioag said the orientation was originally intended for re-elected LCEs, but was also opened to newly- elected LCEs who were unable to attend the training conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) to ensure that all LCEs of the region will be better guided on their first crucial days in office.

Daquioag said the orientation aims to discuss the issues and challenges of decentralization and explain features of federalism as critical next step for decentralization.

Through the orientation, NEOs will have opportunities to dialogue with key agencies on disaster risk reduction and management and peace and order with key emphasis on the national government's framework on disaster risk reduction, role of local governments in disaster management, utilization of Project Noah, Lambat Sibat Program of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and enhancing institutional relationships between the PNP and local government units (LGUs) through deputization of local police with the National Police Commission.

Former and incumbent LCEs will also be invited to share their vast experiences on crisis management, local economic development, fiscal management, and leadership and management to the NEOs.

A discussion on strategic management highlighting the ASEAN Economic Integration and President Duterte's SONA which will serve as inputs to the LCEs’ formulation of their respective Development Commitment: Executive- Legislative Agenda shall cap the basic orientation.

The NEO Program is a continuing program of the DILG implemented through the LGA and the Regional Offices. It aims to build strategic leaders out of newly- elected officials who would lead their governments in becoming competitive, efficient and responsive? institutions for development.

The program is composed of five (5) components: Component 1- Ensuring Smooth Transition, Component 2- Jumpstarting Local Governance, Component 3- Looking Forward to Better Governance, Component 4- Sharpening the Saw, and Component 5- Enhancing LGU Performance. (DILG Region 1)