Local officials from Oroquieta City attended a seminar on Executive-Legislative Agenda Setting organized by the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) held in Orchid Garden Hotel in Manila from September 14 to 17. The seminar is in line with the city’s goal of envisioning their LGU as a holistic urban center in Northern Mindanao.
LGU officials who attended the activity were comprised of department heads, elected officials, and technical staff. The outline of the lectures was tailor-made according to the needs of the LGU.
Dr. Gaudioso C. Sosmeña, Jr. LOGODEF Founding Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees, delivered a lecture-presentation on “Developing Secondary Cities as Strategy for National Development”. In this lecture, Dr. Sosmeña cited the cases of Israel, China, and Metro Cebu in their experiences on balancing urbanization.
This was followed by another lecture given by Prof. Edmund S. Tayao, LOGODEF Executive Director, on the topic of “Strategic Planning for Development and the Use and Advantages of Spatial Planning”. His lecture emphasized on the need for having reliable and updated systems which can serve as basis for strategic planning.
Mr. Ronnie Cabauatan, a faculty member from the Economics Department of the University of Santo Tomas, also gave a lecture on “Formulating a Blueprint for Local Economic Development”. His presentation underscored the different parts and structure of a local economic development plan as well as the local economic assessment tools to be used for each sector (i.e. agriculture, services, manufacturing etc.).
Dr. Herwig Mayer, formerly associated with Deutsche Gessellschaft fur Internationale (GIZ) Philippines and now working with the League of Provinces of the Philippines, also delivered a lecture on the “Current Trends for Good Local Governance”. His presentation emphasized on the concept of decentralization and the criteria for achieving the Seal of Good Local Governance awarded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
During the breakout sessions, the participating LGU officials were divided into three groups and were asked to provide suggestions and information on institutional assessment (on revenue generation, level of integration between LGU departments). All three groups were also tasked to provide a summary of programs and projects, with particular focus on their encapsulated vision and the completed and ongoing projects for the years 2014 to 2016. After the workshop, each group reported on their collective inputs.
Towards the end of the training, Dr. Maria Fe V. Mendoza, Dean of the National College of Public Administration and Governance from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP-NCPAG), concluded the first day of the activity with a presentation on “Facing Policy Formulation and Implementation Challenges in Local Governance”. Dr. Mendoza also provided reactions and valuable suggestions to the presentations made by each group.