ILOILO City – Local government units all over the Western Visayas Region were encouraged by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to document their “best practices” or innovations that proved successful in addressing local governance challenges.
“The Department believes that there are a lot of initiatives here that may be considered ‘best practices.’ The only problem is that they are not being properly documented,” said Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, regional director of the DILG R6 during the recently-conducted Orientation on Local Governance Innovative Solutions Bank (LGISB).

The orientation, held at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City aimed to orient LGUs in the Western Visayas Region on LGISB, one of the most recent initiatives of the DILG as it heads toward its goal of finding solutions to problems and issues that hamper local government operations today.

In order to accommodate all 101 city and municipal LGUs in the region, the orientation was divided into two schools. The first school, held on June 19, was attended by 135 participants from Iloilo City, and Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. The second school, conducted on June 20, was attended by 145 participants from the Aklan, Antique and Capiz provinces. Local Government Operations Officers, Local Chief Executives (LCEs) or their representatives, Information Officers and members of the LGISB Provincial Pool of Writers tasked to edit best practices comprised the participants.

A brainchild of the Local Government Academy (LGA), the LGISB seeks to create an “Innovative Solutions Bank” or a bank of best practices that will hasten the collection, dissemination and/or creation of practical but strategic solutions to specific governance challenges faced by local government units. Through LGISB, best practices will be matched with the LGUs’ needs as reflected in their Capacity Development (CapDev) Agenda.

Gracing the activity was LGOO VI Angelina T. Layugan, Assistant Division Chief of the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) of the LGA. She discussed the LGISB and replication processes, and kept the participants abreast on the updates on LGISB from the national level. Layugan also explained the criteria for best practices and addressed issues and concerns of the participants with regard to the LGISB.

Roselyn B. Quintana, Division Chief of the Local Capacity Development Division (LGCDD), the implementing division of the LGISB in the region, oriented the participants on the mechanics of the LGISB as well as the background of the program. Also among the topics she tackled are the goals and objectives of the program, benefits LGUs may derive from it and the members of the LGISB team in the regional level.

The template on documenting best practices, which will guide the LGUs in the documentation of their innovations, was discussed by LGOO II Freda Mae Sorsano. More writeshops on the template shall be held to enhance documenters’ knowledge and skills, shared Layugan.

Since the CapDev Agenda also plays a big part in the realization of the LGISB, a brief discussion on this topic was included in the orientation. The mechanics and steps in the formulation of CapDev Agenda was presented by LGOO V Anna Carolina Jardiolin. Rosemae Songcuya, Regional IT Officer, discussed the Online Capacity Development Market System (OCDMS), the online databank of CapDev Agenda, and explained how the system is connected with the LGISB.   LGISB was established through DILG Memorandum Circular 2017-165.(LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)