DILG XI prepares training for Newly-Elected Officials on good governance
May 24, 2019 - Newly elected local government officials often underestimate the challenges involved in making the transition from their role as citizens to public officers. Many of them have little or no direct experience with the local government unit were they have been elected to lead.
Immediately upon taking office, they are required to exercise the full authority of the office. They are thrown into the policy-making arena to deal with topics ranging from planning and land use to public works, public safety and public finance, labor relations, and many specific service areas of jurisdiction.
This is where DILG comes to their rescue. The Newly-Elected Officials Program, or NEO for short, is a regular program of the DILG XI – Local Government Capacity Development Division. It aims to help newly-elected local officials, as partners of the national government fully equipped with the right knowledge, skills and attitude to efficiently and effectively manage the affairs of their respective LGUs, address the needs of their constituents and define their development roadmap.
A total of 580 local officials elected in the recent May 13 national and local midterm elections in Davao Region comprised of 5 governors, 5 vice-governors, 1 Highly-Urbanize City Mayor, 1 HUC Vice-Mayor, 48 provincial board members, 5 component city mayors, 5 city vice-mayors, 56 city councilors, 43 municipal mayors, 43 municipal vice-mayors, and 344 municipal councilors.
For this year, NEO program has the following components, viz:
Component 1 - on ensuring smooth transition involves the creation of transition teams, turn-over ceremony, and LGU and NEO competency profiling. Component 2 - on jumpstarting local governance covers orientation for NEOs, developing executive-legislative relations, and LGU guide to action. Component 3 -on creating the roadmap for LGU development tackles cohesive LGU planning and alliance building. Component 4 - on sharpening the competencies of LGU officials and staff encompasses specialized local governance modules, mold the NEOs, executive coaching sessions, and competency enhancement for elected officials. And Component 5 - on LGU performance management focuses on LGU performance assessment. (MS Magtulis)