Health, countering violent extremism, and general development.
These are the issues tackled as 850 participants from various sectors of Northern Mindanao flocked to Barangay Nazareth Gymnasium, Cagayan de Oro City for the Dagyaw 2019: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Townhall Meetings, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 Field Office.
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said the activity is envisioned to be one of the government’s strategy in providing avenues for productive, valuable, sincere and visible engagement between government and the people at the local levels.
“Dagyaw 2019 is one way of bringing the government closer to the people through Civil Society Organizations and citizens in addressing various issues and concerns through national and regional officials of government agencies,” Agabe said.
Among the key issues that surfaced during the dialogue were dengue outbreak, basic health services in isolated areas, closure of some schools allegedly used by Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to indoctrinate people in highlands, status of railway system in Mindanao, and the need for some local government units to prioritize installation of waste water system facilities.
The word “Dagyaw” is a Hiligaynon term for “Bayanihan” which exemplifies the concept of “togetherness”. Dagyaw 2019 is aligned with and supports the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA), SONA, and post-SONA preparations and activities, spearheaded by the DILG, Department of Budget and Management, and the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Agabe said that through open government and participatory governance, the citizens can actively participate in good governance, especially in Region 10.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, likewise highlighted the need to bring the government closer to the people.
“Our task here is to gather all your stories and take them to desks where programs and decisions are made. It is here in the town halls where questions are to be answered,” Andanar said.
DILG Asec. Marjorie N. Jalosjos said that Dagyaw is in line with the desire to finally put an end to the 50-year long insurgency problem in the country through the whole-of-nation approach.
“We want to showcase to our people that the government is doing not just ‘something’ but ‘everything’ for the general welfare of our people,” Jalosjos said.