Dagyaw Cordi 2021 celebrated on October 26

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BAGUIO CITY – It was all systems go for the regional conduct of Dagyaw 2021 on October 26, 2021.

All aspects of preparation for Dagyaw 2021, particularly the regional Dagyaw episode topic, program flow, and other matters pertaining to the organization of the virtual town hall dialogue were taken cared off according to Officer-In-Charge Regional Director Araceli San Jose of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

“Dagyaw”, a Hiligaynon word which means “togetherness” emphasizes the importance of bayanihan as a way to move towards a stronger and greater nation.

RD San Jose explained Dagyaw 2021 focused on topics and issues surrounding local service delivery, in the context of the COVID-19 recovery efforts of the country, as well as the changes being implemented under the Supreme Court (SC) Ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia Case.

The virtual dialogue also increased awareness among civil society organizations (CSOs) on the national and local government efforts to implement the provisions of EO 138 s. 2021 or the Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to Local Governments, including the status of preparation of local government Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs).

She added that Dagyaw 2021 served as an avenue for citizens and the government to hold discussions on local service delivery in the context of the COVID-19 recovery efforts of the country.

“The outputs of these dialogues will also serve as key references of the government in public decision-making, and in shaping and updating government policies that can lead to better public sector performance and service delivery,” OIC-RD San Jose said.

This program brought together government officials, representatives from CSOs, the academe, think-tanks, and international organizations to share their knowledge, recommendations, and their programs and projects for their respective sectors.

The “Dagyaw” series of virtual dialogues were made possible through the combined efforts of various government agencies led by the  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the Philippine Information Agency- Cordillera (PIA), in close cooperation with the Concerned Citizen of Abra for Good Governance (CAGG),  Igorota Foundation Inc.  Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc (JVOFI), Integrated Abilities of Ecological Legacies (INABEL), Peoples Organization for Social Transformation (POST), North Luzon Federation of Cooperatives and Development Center, Kalinga Bodong Council, Pilipina Inc., and Child and Family Service Philippines, Inc (CFSPI).

The public got to be involved by watching the live stream of “Dagyaw 2021” on the official Facebook pages of DILG, DBM, and PIA from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on October 26, 2021.

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