NegOr launches 1st “Dagyawan sa Barangay”

August 22, 2019

True to its promise to bring town hall meetings to the local level, the DILG-7 in collaboration with the Province of Negros Oriental gets down to brass tacks with the recent launching and commitment signing of the country’s first-ever “Dagyawan sa Barangay” in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

DILG-7 Director Leocadio Trovela explained that Dagyawan sa Barangay is a localized version of “Dagyaw 2019: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Townhall Meeting”, which involves a series of government dialogues with the stakeholders at the grassroots level.

This platform serves as a venue for an active engagement between the government and the people at the grassroots level. So we can bring government closer to the minds and hearts of the people in Region 7,” Trovela said.

Trovela explained that the initiative was in response to the challenge raised during an open forum on the possible replication of Dagyaw concept at the local government level.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Ao, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. led the covenant signing. They were joined by top government officials and private sector representatives in Central Visayas.

As stated in the covenant, government officials pledged to support Dagyawan sa Barangay and collaborate with the local communities in the province to promote transparency and strengthen grassroots participation.

Dagyaw, a Hiligaynon term for “Bayahihan,” was designed to raise awareness on vital government programs that would address information gaps and enhance civil society participation.

Organizers are now working on holding the localized dialogue in the focused barangays under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict of Executive Order 70. It will form part of the Retooled Community Support Program as mentioned by Secretary Ao in his message.

They are also eyeing to hold the same event in other provinces of Central Visayas.