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PIA Press Release
2010/11/11

DILG launches Biyaheng Pinoy in Eastern Visayas

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Tacloban City (11 November) -- If the Superferry passenger ships owned by WG & A shipping company has its own clarion call on passengers to get aboard their ships, it is now the time of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to have one after the launching of the "Biyaheng Pinoy: Tapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad" in Eastern Visayas recently.

The launching of the Biyaheng Pinoy: Tapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad was one of the activities launched by DILG 8 dubbed as 4-in-1 during the Multi-Sectoral Local Governance Forum held yesterday at the DILG Regional Office 8.

The other activities include the ribbon cutting, formal launchings and presentations of the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) situated at DILG 8, the Regional Capacity Development Expo 2010 and the Commitment Signing of the stakeholders of the LGRRC Multi-Stakeholders Advisory Committee (MSAC) during its organizational meeting.

Based on the brochure created by the Local Government Academy, Biyaheng Pinoy is a year-long series of local governance-related activities that will be held and participated by other national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), the private sector, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society groups (CSOs), the academe, the media and other interested partners.

It is a year-long celebration in preparation for the 20 years of local autonomy in the Philippines that was conceived on October 11, 1991 by virtue of the enactment of the Local Government Code of 1991 which serves as the bible of LGUs authored by former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Sr.

It was also stated in the LGA brochure that Biyaheng Pinoy is aimed to contribute in the broader valuation of local autonomy towards national development and to increase awareness of the general public on local governance issues through conducting different activities involving various stakeholders aside from the holding of the year-long series of local governance-related activities.

It was further stated in the brochure that under the Biyaheng Pinoy activity enrollment scheme, all activities that fall under the identified four activity paths (ie. policy path, knowledge management path, advocacy path and awards and incentives path) that will be conducted will have to undergo the enrollment process to ensure that all activities conform to the theme and other requirements for proper activity implementation.

Interested parties that wish to join in any of the four identified activity paths shall submit a letter of intent and 1-page concept note to include title of the activity, target schedule of the activity or activities, target participants, partners and sources of funding; submit accomplished application forms and supporting documents to the Biyaheng Pinoy Regional Secretariat for processing and applications must be submitted six weeks before the scheduled activity and provide feedback within two working days after receipt of the application.

Interested parties can also enroll online at www.lga.gov.ph/biyaheng-pinoy-2011-online-enrolment-form. (PIA 8) [top]

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