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Feature: LGUs share best practices in local governance

Iloilo City (28 October) -- The local government units which were recognized with Excellence in Local Governance Awards (EXCELL) for 2008 presented their best practices in the areas of Administrative Governance Provincial Government, Negros Occ.), Social Services (San Carlos City), Economic Development (Mun. of Guimbal, Iloilo), Environmental Management (Mun. of Miagao, Iloilo) and Local Legislation (Kabankalan City, Negros, Occ), during the 18th year of the enactment of the Local Government Code.

The presentors were one in their conviction that that local governance is foresight, political will and co-management of scarce resources that the effects may not be directly and immediately observable but have long lasting benefits for the people, even beyond the terms of political leaders.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental represented by OIC Planning Officer Lina Sanogal highlighted the LGUs emphasis on effective use of technology to step up revenue collection and facilitate transactions.

San Carlos City Mayor Jose Lacson shared about the social gains derived from people's support and participation in forest/watershed protection and sustainable water, being the only LGU having an ordinance for institutionalized water levy, that made this scarce resource benefit the city.

Mayor Christine Garin of Guimbal shared that it was able to increase trust and confidence among the people by professionalizing and expediting through an effective 16-minute One-Stop-Shop the issuance of business permits and licenses, and having completed a Revenue Code.

The municipality has also increased its revenue by having a color-coded revenue form per year as well as improving set up of the New Public market, which earned for the town the Hall of Fame Award for the Most Healthy Market and all in all recognition as the country's Most Business Friendly Municipality.

Miag-ao Mayor Julieta Flores said her town has succeeded in making the people develop a sense of ownership of the waste problem which consequently made waste segregation, environmental management and tourism development a positive lifestyle.

The municipality has been implementing the provisions of their Environmental Code such that they have been reaping the Clean and Green Award for succeeding years as well as recognition for exemplifying best practices in solid waste management in the region.

Meanwhile in her keynote message during the program for the 18th anniversary, Local Government Academy Dir. Marivel Sacendoncillo said the impacts of climate change is one of the big challenges the LGUs are now facing, and the best practices shared by the EXCELL municipalities show the gains of the LGC through its 18 years.

Along with best practices showcase, the Codification Manual developed with GTZ and the Urban and Regional Planning Learning Modules developed with CUI, and the casebook Building a Resilient Region: Collaborative Governance in Cities and Communities of Western Visayas, which documents the 15 years of Philippines-Canada collaboration in the region. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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