Naga earns plums anew

By JASON B. NEOLA

NAGA CITY — The Naga City government for the nth time won two new  awards  for its outstanding performance in pursuit of good governance.

The acknowledgment for the city’s best approaches was expressed through the awards presented during the Capacity Development Exposition (CDEX 2010) held Thursday at the regional office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in Legazpi City.

Other than the 2009 Award for Excellence in Local Governance,which was received by Naga Mayor John G. Bongat, the city was also accorded with the 2009 Local Legislative Awards as the regional winner for the independent component city category.

The latter was received by Vice-Mayor Gabriel H. Bordado Jr., who was accompanied by  City Councilors Jose Tuason, Ray-An Cedrick Rentoy, and lawyer Salvador Del Castillo.

The plaque is “in recognition of the city officials’ outstanding performance and significant contributions in strengthening the capacities of the local government unit and civil society participation in creating a synergistic partnership for an improved local service delivery to ensure sustainable development outcome for the enhancement of the quality of life of their constituents.”

Bongat said with the effective partnership between the city’s executive department and the Sangguniang Panlungsod, more performance-based policies and programs will be undertaken and accomplished for the Nagueño in partnership with other government agencies and the private sector.

DILG Bicol Regional Director Blandino Maceda assured all local government officials who attended the capacity development exposition that enabling every LGU to become more responsive with greater flexibility and effectiveness in the delivery of services is the primordial concern of his office thru the DILG’s capability development interventions.

Assistant Regional Director Elouisa Pastor underscored that the Capacity Development Exposition, which is the first ever to be held in the Bicol region, is a knowledge sharing mechanism that strengthens and brings together the capacity development initiatives of the national government agencies, local resources institutes, donors, leagues of local governments, civil society organizations, local government units and other capacity development partners.

CDEX 2010 is a centerpiece program under the DILG’s Local Governance Resource Centers of which the general objective is to showcase the capacity development trends and challenges of good local governance.

It will highlight the Bicol region’s capacity development trends and challenges through the presentation of the Region’s State of Local Development under the Local Governance Performance Management System and the regional summary of the Capacity Development Agenda and Programs of the region assisted by the Agencia Española de Cooperacion para el Desarollo under the Strengthening Local Governments in the Philippines project.

“As there is no “one size fits all” solution to the capacity needs of LGUs, the support of each and every one of us does count. The success of this exposition will surely be realized if we work together for the creation of an environment that will make local governments and stakeholders forge an alliance to address the trends and challenges on capacity development,” Pastor added.

Bongat and Bordado received the 2009 Award for Excellence in Local Governance and 2009 Local Legislative Award, respectively from DILG Undersecretary Austerio A. Panadero. The awards were given Thursday, Aug. 26, during the Capacity Development Exposition (CDEX 2010) held at the DILG Regional Office in Legazpi City.

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