ILOILO City – “Care to innovate, care to share.”
Such is the message imparted by the implementation of the Local Governance Innovative Solutions Bank (LGISB), one of the newest programs of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that aims to create a “pool of solutions” that would address challenges faced by LGUs.
In line with the continuous implementation of the LGISB in Western Visayas, the DILG Region 6 has been conducting a series of activities that would promote the program to local government units (LGUs) and capacitate them in its implementation. Among these is its most recent initiative, which enabled the provision of technical assistance to LGUs and selected DILG employees on the documentation of Best Practices.
An initiative of the DILG Regional Office, the “Documentation of Best Practices: an LGISB Writeshop,” was held on September 19-21, 2017 at SmallVille 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo.
Best Practices refer to award-winning LGU innovations and initiatives that were proven to have provided solutions to challenges faced by the LGUs. The LGISB aims to have these practices documented and establish a databank where they will be stored and made available for sharing and replication among LGUs.
Joining the Department in the Writeshop was the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), one of the partner institutions of the DILG R6 in capacity building through the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium. The university provided resource persons from the Division of Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences to discuss the LGISB template, provide documentation tips and strategies, and to facilitate the documentation writeshop.
The Writeshop was participated by Municipal or City Information Officers or designated LGISB Documenters, members of the LGISB Regional Pool of Writers and selected City and Municipal LGOOs.
Representatives from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a non-government organization which has committed to assist several LGUs in the province of Iloilo in the documentation of their innovations, also attended the Writeshop to familiarize themselves with the LGISB documentation and observe the activity proceedings.
In her special message, Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua enumerated the advantages of properly documented best practices and encouraged the LGUs to ensure that all their undertakings are duly documented.
LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay reoriented the participants on the LGISB, with refresher topics on the rationale, objectives, mechanics and processes involved in the program. It can be recalled that the Department conducted the Orientation of LGISB to all cities and municipalities in the region on June 19-20, 2017 at the same venue.
LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano then provided an overview of the LGISB Documentation Template to guide the participants on the writeshops they are about to undertake.
Mr. Jude Vincent E. Parcon of the UP Visayas discussed the Development Communication Framework, which according to him has a link on the DILG mandate, and to the functions and responsibilities of the LGUs, as well as to the process of documentation of best practices.
Data Collection Methods were introduced and discussed by Prof. Rhodella A. Ibabao. Basic Writing and Documentation Tips, on the other hand, were provided by Parcon to further prepare them for the upcoming mini-writeshops.
Parcon tackled “How to Create Catchy and Effective Titles” and “Organizing the Project Description,” while Prof. Mary Oveta Villareal discussed the Executive Summary, Implementation Procedures and Project Impact.
Throughout the activity, participants underwent five mini-writeshops, which were conducted after every discussion of the LGISB template parts. The documenters were given the chance to present to the body their workshop outputs which were critiqued by the facilitators from UPV and DILG Region 6, who also provided inputs on how to improve their documentation.
Also part of the workshop were short sessions on the Basics of Photography and Layouting/Packaging of Best Practice Documentation. Parcon took on both of these topics. For a more hands-on approach, participants went out of the venue to take photos which were then presented to the participants via a mini-exhibit, where the best photos were given recognition.
The Department is set to conduct the similar writeshops in the next quarters to cater to the remaining LGUs in the region, including those in the province of Negros Occidental which was formerly part of the Negros Island Region. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)