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Private sector, NGOs join Davao DILG multi-stakeholders advisory committee

by Carina L. Cayon

Davao City (16 September) -- A mining company and non-government organizations here have joined the multi-stakeholders advisory committee (MSAC) of the Department of Interior and Local Government to firm up operations of the department's resource center of knowledge products on local governance.

The Sagittarius Mines, Inc. of General Santos City, Chamber of Real Estate & Builder's Associations, Inc. and HealthGov, both of Davao City, have recently been added to the composition of MSAC in the region, following the signing of a memorandum of agreement with DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

The Ateneo de Davao University and the Development Academy of the Philippines also signed in the MOA reiterating their ties with the committee.

Robredo, who led the MOA signing early this month in the city, lauded the newly formed partnership of DILG family with the civil society organizations and private sector in the region, saying, "I was impressed."

The organization of the new members of MSAC was simultaneously held with the strengthening of the Regional Management Coordinating Committee which also has new partners in promoting and enhancing transparent and accountable local governance in the region.

Robredo stated the region is way ahead of Metro Manila in this regard. "Probably way ahead of the Philippines," he added.

MSAC, chaired by DILG regional director, was organized in the region in 2008 to monitor and evaluate the impact of the Local Government Resource Center (LGRC), a virtual one-stop-shop for knowledge on local governance.

In the MOA, among MSAC's specific functions are "to create high level of awareness among the stakeholders and to initiate steps towards building their respective organizations as Knowledge Centric Organizations (KCO) and to promote the knowledge sharing culture and the culture of learning."

MSAC shall also make accessible/available to the local government units and other secondary users their respective organization's local governance knowledge products and expertise.

The committee shall further mobilize resources (fund, material, humans, etc) to support knowledge management programs and plans in their own organizations.

The DILG, on the other hand, shall formulate policies and guidelines in the operationalization of the LGRC XI and contribute in the development of good practices in local governance and its replication.

DILG has put up the LGRC to serve "not only as a repository of knowledge products relevant to local governance for greater access by LGUs and the general public but likewise as a venue for continuous accessing of appropriate technology, adoption and promotion of excellence in local governance to help local authorities achieve reforms and development."

To effectively operationalize the LGRC, DILG "requires the active involvement, support and partnership among the LGUs, resource institutions and the various local governance stakeholders in the region."

According to DILG-XI's website, MSAC in the region constitutes 27 members from the national government agencies and from the academe (University of the Philippines - Mindanao).

The current members from the private sector would now include AdDU, ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network, GMA TV 5 Davao, SMI, CREBAI and HealthGov. (PIA-XI) [top]

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