Maasin mayor advocates "Lakbay-Aral" among city hall employees
By Bong Pedalino
Maasin City (November 27) -- Heads of offices and rank and file personnel of the various city hall departments are in for a pleasant surprise before the year is through.
They can have an opportunity to travel sanctioned by the city local government unit (LGU) -- others have finished their turn already -- under the "Lakbay-Aral" program.
City Mayor Maloney Samaco stressed that the privilege to see other places was intended so that employees can observe best practices in the sites they would visit and eventually apply what was learned in their own offices here, according to a banner news item in the weekly newsletter "Maasin City In Action."
The activity was in line with a policy in the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for improved government service through continuing education and capacity building, not to mention strong bonding, among city hall employees.
Last November 15 and 16 weekend, Mayor Samaco himself led personnel from the Mayor's Office in launching the yearend Lakbay-Aral, visiting the city of Tagbilaran, Bohol, where they were met by their counterparts, men of Mayor Dan Neri Lim.
Last week, November 20-22, it was the turn of the City Treasurer's Office to visit Bohol, apparently the common choice destination.
Other schedules and the corresponding offices included the following: City Legal, HRMO, Office of General Services, Accounting and Budget -- November 27-29 at Marikina and MMDA; City Engineering Office -- November 28-30, at Bohol; City Civil Registrar -- December 5-6, at Bohol; and City Planning, Assessor, and DILG Offices -- December 4-8, at Palawan.
At Tagbilaran City, the Mayor-led group learned the city's welfare program on Senior Citizens, providing them with free entertainment and free medicines, and for poor students there was a program on granting free school supplies.
The group also toured scenic locations and attractions like the Tarsiers, the famous Chocolate Hills, the old churches in Baclayon and Dauis, and some beaches, with a view of emulating processes for the tourism promotion of Maasin City. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]