The DILG-ARMM participated in the two-day Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) assessment for development conducted by the Local Government Academy assessment personnel, namely Dr. Elizabeth Samson-Certeza and Aida Alcantara Dianela, held at DILG-ARMM Conference Room on 28 June 2016.
Present during the assessment were, to wit: the Assistant Regional Secretary, Dr. Sharifa Pearlsia A. Dans, CSEE/CEO VI, Local Government Development Division Chief, Tonina M. Mabang, LGOO VII, Local Government Operations Division Chief, Fausiah R. Abdula, LGOO VI, Regional Officers of each divisions, and Information Technologist/Web Programmer.
In history, for more than 25 years of excellence in delivering capacity building programs to Regional offices, Local Government Units, and other concern stakeholders, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the Local Government Academy (LGA) is true to its commitment towards the achievement of inclusive growth of the country. It provides learning opportunities for DILG Regional and Provincial offices, and Local Government Units (LGUs) Interventions to aid gaps and reduce bottlenecks were carefully formulated and scrutinized to achieve desirable outcome. As the primary arm of the Department in delivering capacity building programs, the Academy builds a more sustainable local development.
Gaps identified in implementing capacity-building programs brought the inception of the Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC). It institutionalizes the commitment of the organization to support and enhance the capability Regions to LGUs in managing their affairs and services through sharing of information, knowledge management, (KM), convergence, and innovations. The Academy assumes a strategic role creating a platform for convergence in delivering capacity development for LGUs, hence, the creation and establishment of LGRRCs in all regions of the country. Initially, LGRRCs were established in selected regions followed by an expansion to all 17 regions of the archipelago.
In 2005, Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) was instituted to serve as a dynamic and interactive capacity development platform for selected regional offices of DILG with the support from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The formation of LGRRC carries an immense opportunity to harmonize capacity development being implemented in DILG regional offices and LGU. And in 2009, European Union (EU) supported the establishment LGRRCs 17 regions. To date they are 17 regional and one (1) national LGRC in the country. The concept of LGRC evolves from a perceived platform for capacity development interventions to a way of life in DILG.
In relation to its services, the LGRC has four (4) services that support its founding principles of convergence point, knowledge management strategy, and multi- stakeholdership approach. These services are the (1) Capacity Development, (2) Multimedia, (3) Public Education and Citizenship, and (4) Linkage. Each has important role in achieving the primary purpose of the LGRC. The Multi-media serves as repository of local governance knowledge products and information, and a platform for various multi- media services and ICT support for program/ project/ activity implementation. Capacity Development, on the other hand, serves as venue to facilitate the delivery of quality, strategic, and responsive capability building to target recipients. Linkage service is a platform that will facilitate partnership and networking of LGUs with other local government stakeholders. It promotes collaboration with key partners that fosters a more holistic approach in solving issues and conflicts. With public education and citizenship, good local governance practices and innovations can be promulgated effectively.