LGUs, GRASSROOTS CITED IN ‘OUR CEBU PROGRAM’
ACHIEVING sustainable development is a shared responsibility. And with that, all the local government units (LGU) down to the purok level who shared their efforts to make Cebu a better place to live in deserved to win.
This was a major move of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) that made the Our Cebu Program (OCP) even better this year, according to a report on cebu.gov.ph..
Capitol and Rafi held the Our Cebu Program 2018 Partners and Conference and Awarding Ceremony at the Grand Convention Center of Cebu in Cebu City last Tuesday, Dec. 4.
This year is different from the past years because the LGUs are categorized as bronze, silver, gold and platinum awardees.
Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale awarded the outstanding municipalities, cities, barangays, and puroks, which is a new category of the OCP.
Magpale said that Provincial Government is trying to strengthen the Purok System this year that is why they recognized the outstanding puroks.
She said most of the winners in the OCP barangay level in the past years had very active puroks.
This year, the cities of Bogo and Naga topped among the LGUs after winning the platinum award for the city/municipal category.
Each city brought home P750,000 cash, another P750,000 as financial assistance and a trophy for this category alone.
Bogo was also recognized as the winner of the most livable and most child-friendly awards.
Bogo was named as one of the diamond champion partner awardees for the Sugbo Kontra Droga (Sukod) of the Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office headed by Carmen Remedios Durano.
Barangay Nailon of Bogo City bagged the platinum award for the OCP barangay level category.
Purok Bangos of Nailon was also named as one of the best puroks in the Province.
Two schools from Bogo were awarded as among the top performing schools, while Antonieto Suico, who is a resident of the city, also named as one of the awardees of the Local Economic and Investment Promotion Officer (LIEPO) of the Year.
Like Bogo, Naga also won major awards, including best in local development governance and best in purok (Purok I AIDTECH of Barangay Tinaan) and platinum champion partner awardee for the Sukod.
Davide and Magpale handed over cash and plaques to the different LGUs in the Province that helped Cebu secured the 25th place for 2018 in the Most Competitive Provinces in the Philippines, from 44th place in 2017.
One of the priorities of the governor and vice governor’s administration is good governance.
“As we continue to render and deliver genuine public service to the people of Cebu and in our effort to achieve sustainable development for our province, we continuously strive to improve the capacity of every municipality and component city with the goal of making them an attractive and wholesome place to live in, work, play and do business,” said Davide.
Davide thanked RAFI for helping the Provincial Government carry out programs and initiative through the OCP.
“This partnership has helped us implement our framework of action for countryside development; infrastructure, tourism and investment; environment protection, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; education and technical vocational; law and order; and health and social services. Amidst All the challenges that we face in the relentless pursuit of our Six-Key Development Agenda for all Cebuanos, may we truly make a difference and bring out the best in all the local government units that we are trying to help,” the governor said.
In her speech, Magpale shared how the Provincial Government and RAFI established the OCP as an institutional mechanism years ago designed to measure the performance of towns and component cities of the Province, which ultimate goal is to make Cebu a wholesome place for living, investment, work and leisure.
Through the years, she said this has proven to be effective.
“As we celebrate year five of Our Cebu Program under the Davide administration, these obstacles and challenges instead have evoked in us the ingenuity for innovations to make the program work better. We are enhancing the program to achieve its full potentials for building communities where service deliveries and governance partnerships can be improved, fostered and maximized for development solutions,” she said.
The first innovation made during Davide’s first-term was the inclusion of resiliency and anti-drug campaign in the criteria.
This year, other innovations include the coaching and mentoring process, the use of web-based evaluation tool and adoption of scorecards in Rubric form.
Magpale said they retained the six attributes of livability, inclusiveness and competitiveness, green, culture and heritage, governance and resiliency, for these are aligned with the Six-Key Development Agenda of the governor.
RAFI-Integrated Development Unit executive director Anton Dignadice said that if an LGU uses the scorecard as a benchmark, then the officials can improve their performance in the following years.
National Economic and Development Authority Central Visayas Director Efren Carreon delivered a keynote message.
Mayors and other officials of the different LGUs came to witness the event.