Uniting for Change: DILG-NCR holds Partners‘ Call
In appreciation of its partners in championing good local governance, DILG-NCR held the 2017 Partners' Call - Reinforcing Partnerships to Development.
The event brought together more than a hundred national government agencies, civil society organizations, members of the academe, private organizations and individuals to celebrate fruitful undertakings that have made a mark in local governance.
Held last March 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Quezon City, the event showcased collaborations and alliances forged by the DILG-NCR through the years, as part of its efforts in pushing for urban governance innovations.
Among the major undertakings of the DILG-NCR are its partnerships with Manila Water for its Toka-Toka program, the first and only environmental movement in the Philippines for used water management, resettlement governance for informal settler families program with the College of Social Work and Community Development of UP Diliman and College of Development Communication of UP Los Baños, the MASA MASID program with different religious groups under the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS).
DILG-NCR Regional Director Maria Lourdes Agustin shared that through the Partners’ Call, the region hopes to express its heartfelt gratitude to its partner agencies and institutions for their steadfast support that helped the region in effectively achieving the goals of the Department’s program, projects and activities.
“It is truly a humbling experience for us to work with organizations with whom we share the same vision of creating world-class LGUs in the region. These partnerships have led to the creation of innovations that have made NCR a center of excellence in urban governance."
"Through this activity, we hope to foster stronger connections with our partners, and encourage more organizations to link with us, and be a partner for change that we would like our children to see," she noted.
Agustin also presented the 2017 Partnership Agenda of DILG-NCR, which would define the region's collective commitment to the public - reviving ecological balance, promoting ease of doing business, establishment of peaceful and drug-free communities, improving disaster preparedness and response capabilities, and rebuilding foundation of development for displaced communities.
Moreover, the Partners' Call became a venue for the launch of the Resettlement Governance Curriculum for Practitioners, a project of the DILG-NCR with the College of Social Work and Community Development of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP CSWCD) and Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).
DILG-NCR Regional Director Maria Lourdes Agustin and Assistant Regional Director Juan Jovian Ingeniero, together with representatives from UP CSWCD and PCUP durng the launch.
Resettlement governance is a brainchild of DILG-NCR which aims to safeguard the well-being of relocated informal settler families (ISFs) in their new environs, by ensuring that LGUs sending and receiving relocatees provide sufficient support that will allow ISFs to adjust in their new community. The first of its kind in the country, it is envisioned to guide LGUs in creating people-centered resettlements. #
Organizers of the Partners' Call