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DILG prepares comprehensive training program for incoming elected officials

By RG Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (6 May) -- Three days more to go before the May 2010 national and local elections, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already set comprehensive training program for the newly elected local officials, DILG staff Vicente Maraon reported in a short interview this morning, May 6.

Maraon, who was one of the participants in the said training conducted at the Crown Regency Hotel in Cebu City, May 2-4, 2010 said that the nationwide preparation aims to develop and enhance the elected officials' capabilities being managers for local development in each area of concern.

It was learned that the Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Program is a groundbreaking initiative of the department through the Local Government Academy (LGA) that was initially introduced last 2007. It will prepare the newly-elected local officials for their duties and responsibilities as leaders in their respective communities.

In a press release, DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno disclosed that they are ready to help and assist the incoming local officials to enable them to confront and overcome the challenges in local governance.

The NEO program has four major components, such as Ensuring Smooth Transition; Laying the Foundation; Building Alliances; and Sharpening the Saw.

The first component, Ensuring Smooth Transition, aims to facilitate smooth transition of powers and authorities from the outgoing to the incoming local officials through the creation of transition teams in each LGU. While, Laying the Foundation shall be implemented in two tracks: Track 1-A or My First 100 Days in Office, a rundown on the critical steps of the First 100 Days in Office of the local chief executives; Track 1-B or Knowing my LGU, a presentation of the state of local governance report, state of development report and financial capacity in their respective LGUs; and Track 2 or Fine Tuning My Competencies, a venue for peer-based sharing of innovative ways of tackling the duties and responsibilities of local officials.

In Building Alliances, the output shall be a Provincial Development Roadmap which identifies the common points of collaboration and cooperation of the cities and municipalities to bring about development in the province; while Sharpening the Saw is a market-driven program where LGUs match their requirements with the existing capacity development services and training packages.

Puno said that through the NEO program, the department expected to bring about a cadre of development-oriented local officials who will be able to translate their local development roadmaps in order to promote local economic development in their communities. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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