6th Open Government Dialogue kicks off in Tacloban City
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) — Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez along with other 600 stakeholders from various sectors in the community attended the Dagyaw: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Town Hall Meeting 2019 hosted in the city at Leyte Normal University on August 1, Thursday.
In his welcome message, Mayor Romualdez underscored the need to understand the mandate of each institution in the government.
”Know the mandate of each institution, of each government agency. And from there we can move on and we can see, so we can now chart where the responsibility of each agency begins and where it ends,” said the City Mayor.
Local Government Undersecretary Marivel Sacendoncillo also mentioned in her speech that participation starts in informing the people and how it is important in building good governance.
“Kasi ang participation nagsisimula yan sa informing the people. Kaylangan alam natin kung ano ang nangyayari. Go into your community; engage with the community, engage with your government. Not only in as beneficiary of development, but as a shaper of development,” said Sacendoncillo.
Meantime, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar highlighted the importance of President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order on Freedom of Information (FOI) in making government work accessible for public scrutiny.
He also stressed the significance of organizing the activity like the Dagyaw 2019 as it provides a platform for the department to clarify specific government programs that affect the local communities.
During the event, officials from the National Housing Authority, National Anti-Poverty Commission, and Department of Labor and Employment featured their major projects, visions, and plans in Region 8.
The Tacloban leg marks the 6th Dagyaw town hall meeting which aims to inform the public of the most recent accomplishments of the administration and the ongoing projects and programs of various government agencies for the people.
The event also highlighted a one-stop-shop of frontline government services and national programs as booths were set-up outside the venue.
Present during the event were key officials and representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and PCOO. – C.B.Merin/CIO
Photos: K.E. Napala/CIO