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7 LGUs in ARMM stand out in good governance

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (22 October) -- After the intervention made by the Local Governance Support Program in ARMM (LGSPA), seven local government units in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao were recognized for outstanding performance in governance.

In yesterday's 2009 Governance Symposia held in Davao City as initiated by the Department of Interior and Local Government-ARMM, the seven LGUs namely Bongao, Datu Paglas, Kapatagan, Lamitan, Panglima Estino, Upi, Wao, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Mamasapano, Siasi, Sultan Mastura,, Kabuntalan, and Sultan Kudarat were lauded.

The said symposia allowed various partners of the LGSPA to showcase their lessons learned, gains, and contributions towards good governance.

Special Assistant to the Regional Secretary of DILG-ARMM Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo shared that through these good practices, other local government units could follow some of the strategies used and for all other LGUs to sustain the LGSPA knowledge products learned.

North Upi succeeded in its conflict resolution processes by involving the tri-people approach which includes Christians, Moros, and Lumads.

North Upi mayor Ramon Piang attributed their success to the significant participation of its Mayor's Council which presides over conflict resolution by integrating various indigenous justice systems.

This mechanism brought honor to Piang as he was awarded one of the Ten Outstanding Municipal Mayors in the country in 2003.

Datu Paglas of Maguindanao Province stood out for its corporate governance. This small town shows that techniques and strategies used by private corporations can be adopted to streamline local government operations and administration.

The town strictly implemented the Solid Waste Management Program and this early, it showed that garbage in the market significantly reduced.

All the other municipal mayors also shared their personal experience in governing a conflict area, however, they could not come up with a general equation to achieve success in governance.

Each of the area has its respective profile and needs which make one local government unique from the others and requires a distinct approach suited for its profile.(PIA XI) [top]

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