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Governance forum links theory, practice

MONTEVISTA, Compostela Valley (4 October) -- Research papers dusted off and their findings, made known. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Comval Governance Forum has put to good use research papers on local governance, aiming to provide links between theory and practice.

Barangay Captains of the municipality of Montevista took time listening to assessments regarding the implementation of Katarungang Pambarangay and Real Property Tax Administration in the Municipality of Montevista respectively presented by municipal employees Rafael B. Miguel, secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan and Ms. Dahlia Nguho, local assessment officer of the Municipal Assessor's Office.

Scholars of Local Government Academy, Miguel and Nguho took their master's degree at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City and finished their courses in 2004.

The research regarding the Katarungang Pambarangay looked into the capability of those running the Barngay Justice System and the level of satisfaction such local system has brought to its clients.

It also probed into the financial resources extended to Katarungang Pambarangay and measured its effectiveness in settling disputes.

The tax administration research looked into problems on generating taxes from real property from, which so much income could had been drawn by the local government.

At certain points in the research presentations, Barangay Captains attending the forum gave nods in agreement and at times stared at the presenters, just keeping their mental reservations.

During the open forum, barangay captains fired their questions and poured out ideas on how to strengthen Katarungang Pambarangay and how to enable local farmers pay local taxes.

Glad over hosting the first CSC Comval Governance Forum held On September 27, Municipal Mayor Teofista Jauod lauded the Provincial Field Office of CSC for initiating the activity which had provided barangay captains a venue to discuss matters directly affecting their affairs.

Set once in every quarter, the CSC Comval Governance Forum presents findings of research papers taking particular focus on topics related to local government operation.

Laying down the rationale of the activity, CSC Comval Provincial Director Richard Ortiz said "I hope insights and lessons can be gleaned from the presentations."

"Government policies can be made more effective if they are based on research rather than on perceptions and assumptions because research applies scientific rigor and processes," he said.

In giving her comments, USEP professor Emilia Pacoy said local governance not only dealt with affairs of local government but also involved "processes by which we collectively solve problem."

She explained how researches had contributed to the improvement in local governance because they had made use of "logical and empirical" data directly based on experiences on the ground.

"Research is based on valid procedures therefore investigation is done on a very orderly manner," she said. "Results of researches, their conclusions and recommendations can be made basis for local government unit officials in their planning and decision-making," she added.

Basing on findings of the researches presented, Pacoy appreciated the local government of Montevista and its barangays for paying attention on processes which brought about client satisfaction.

"Public governance always look for better ways of doing things," she said.

To further improve local governance, Pacoy suggested local officials to treat local constituents as clients, foster local community leadership, build human social capital and mange financial resources. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]

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