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Celebrating 20 Years of Local Autonomy in the Philippines: Biyaheng Pinoy: Matapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad
October 10, 2010 marks the 20th year of Local Autonomy in the Philippines. To make the celebration more significant, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will spearhead a month-long event dubbed as Biyaheng Pinoy: Matapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad. The key message of the event reflects President Benigno S. Aquinos quest for good governance and corruption-free government. The assumption to office of a new leader with a platform of genuine change brings a multitude of challenges in governance. This event will provide a venue for presenting, discussing and addressing prevailing governance issues and concerns. Event highlights include: Dengue Clean Up Day in Barangay Culiat, Quezon City, as a kick off event on October 1; Policy Forums on a wide range of governance concerns such as, Institutionalizing Transparency and Accountability in Governance; Improving Competitiveness in Local Governments, Improving Local Fiscal Capacities, Crisis Management, Addressing the Plight of Informal Settlers, Strengthening Collaboration to Address Human Trafficking, and Upscaling LGU Best Practices; Policy Plenary Forum on LG Code Amendments with representatives from the House of Representatives and Senate Local Government Committees; Launching of DILGs latest initiatives: Seal of Good Housekeeping, Performance Challenge Fund, and Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, ; and Dialogue with the President that will pave the way for the presentation of the State of Local Governance, Statement of Concerns from Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector and Government Sector, and the Presidents Response. Moreover, national and local events will be held nationwide with the participation of the different stakeholders such as development partners, NGOs, CSOs, private sector, and the academe. The series of events in October 2010 signals the beginning of a journey towards institutionalizing the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance. The primary objective of the event is to sink into the public consciousness and into those in positions of responsibility the value of local autonomy and the gains in shaping and influencing the practice of governance that advances the primacy of public interest, transparency, accountability, participation, and performance.
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We are your DILG.
This is the key message we want to impart to all the local government units, national government agencies, and other concerned sectors, most especially the public as we welcome you to the official website of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Through this website, we would like to give you access to relevant and up-to-date information about the Department’s thrusts, programs, projects and activities. More importantly, we would like to know how we can be of better service to you.
Hence, the website will feature news and updates on the key programs and policies of the Department, a brief history of the DILG, its vision and mission statements, information about local chief executives of the different local government units of the country, and legal opinions on local administration.
In our effort to reach out to the public, we have installed an interactive feature in this Website, the Public Assistance Desk (PAD), wherein the general public can e-mail their queries or report important information or complaints concerning the Department and its attached agencies.
Realizing the power of text messaging, another feedback mechanism that we institutionalized is Text DILG (“DILG [space] name [optional] [space] message”), wherein the public can text their important messages and queries to 2256 for Globe/Smart/Sun subscribers.
We also take pride in the fact that we post in this website the budget and status of funds of the Department and its attached agencies. This is one of our initiatives not only to ensure transparency in all of the Department’s transactions, but more importantly, to secure feedback from the public on how we can judiciously utilize the funds of the DILG for their benefit. Aside from the DILG budget, we shall also be posting the Department’s procurements, bidding processes and other pertinent information that the public may wish to know.
Other interesting features of the website include: frequently asked questions (FAQs) about local governance, highlight of monthly events, important issuances or directives, and links to the websites of DILG attached agencies, regional offices, local government leagues and the Office of the President.
To all the visitors of this website, let us work together to become an instrument of change in the local governments, peace and order and public safety sectors of our society. Work with us to make a difference in the lives of our people. Again, welcome to the DILG website!