BORONGAN, July 25, 2019—Local public officials are expected this month to craft their First 100 Days Plan and Executive Agenda under the 2019 Newly-Elected Officials (NEO) Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The First 100 Days Plan and Executive Agenda will serve as a step-by-step guide for NEOs to properly jumpstart the local government.
“They will need to come up with a calendar of activities and create local special bodies that will help achieve their expected goals for their first three months in service,” DILG Provincial Director Visitacion Giva said.
The orientation course, Priming Leaders for Effective Governance, which will be conducted by the DILG’s training arm Local Government Academy (LGA) aims to ensure that NEOs are ready and equipped to hurdle the demands and challenges of local governance.
Newly-elected municipal mayors in Eastern Samar will meet with the LGA in Cebu this July 29 to 31 for a collective orientation targeted towards all municipal mayors in Visayas.
Meanwhile, reelected officials will attend a more advanced orientation course spearheaded by their respective leagues.
The separate orientations will be conducted by the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) for governors; League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) for city mayors; League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) for municipal mayors; Philippine Councilors League (PCL) for sangguniang members, among others.
“Their orientation will be different from the basic orientation we give to newly-elected officials but we will still be the ones providing them the materials like slides, inputs and modules,” Giva added.
As mandated by DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año through Memorandum Circular 2019-96, all provincial governors, city/municipal mayors, sanggunian members, and Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor are required to participate in the various capacity development initiatives under the 2019 NEO Program.
It should also be noted that DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya last July 5 warned officials to attend the orientations or face sanctions.
“We can file an admin case against them. But of course we will first conduct a show-cause-order because maybe they are sick that’s why they can’t go,” said Malaya in an interview with Inquirer.
Malaya also mentioned that for those local chief executives who are trying to get DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), the best way to start is to actively participate in the program.
Last year, Salcedo and Sulat were the the only recipients of DILG’s SGLG in Eastern Samar and were each awarded P3.2 million worth of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to be used for local development projects. (Nikko Bajado / ESTE News)