BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA)- - The 'Dagyaw' town hall meeting is a conversation which is an active and positive exchange of words between the stakeholders that is done all over the country down to the barangays where people speak, and government listens to their sentiments to come up or frame responsive action.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Roosque Calacat explained this as he calls on everyone to be a pro-active and adaptable partners for change as the current administration puts into practice Open Government and Participatory Governance(OGP) .
Calacat was a resource speaker during the "Dagyaw" OGP regional town hall meeting on September 10 at the University of Baguio gymnasium which was participated by local officials, government employees of regional line agencies and local government units, students, media, and civil society organizations.
The DILG, the Department of Budget and Management and the Presidential Communications Operations Office are spearheading the Dagyaw in all the regions with the aim of providing a platform to clarify issues raise local concerns through direct interfacing with senior government officials, provide a venue for citizens to access a one-stop shop of frontline government services and national program and a venue to promote and disseminate information on the OGP governance initiatives of the Duterte Administration.
The OGP has core values of transparency, citizen participation, accountability and technology and innovation.
"Dagyaw" is a Hiligaynon term for "Bayanihan" which exemplifies the concept of togetherness which is about bringing different stakeholders together.
Calacat said the Dagyaw is adopted as participatory governance for the conversation of government institutions and the community because it is the responsibility of the government that the people are included in shaping the agenda of the government with the participation of the citizens and CSOs to make the appropriate programs and projects a reality.
He thanked those who attended this occasion that their participation is a testament of willingness to participate in governance that is sensitive to the needs of the people thus making the government closer and acceptable to the people.
He added that this activity is an indication of engagement with government programs and projects that will give a voice and making the citizens more informed about government services that will deepen the sense of responsibility and accountability to CSOs to demand fund from the government.
Since the Dagyaw is open participatory governance through transparency it will enable the citizens and other stakeholders to voice out their opinions for LGUs to improve the delivery of services and that the sentiments of people in the grassroots are included in the government agenda.
It is a convergence mechanism for government interventions programs and projects that will bring the government closer to the people since it is a venue for community involvement in identifying the needs-based programs and projects.
Calacat informed that the DILG recently issued a memorandum circular to local government units to make Dagyaw or local town hall meetings a platform in informing citizens of the state of local governance in their respective areas. This serves as a venue where the citizens and other stakeholders can voice out their opinions and provide suggestions and feedbacks for LGUs to improve the delivery if basic services and to make sure that their voices are heard at the decision table.
"Nais naming manawagan sa inyong lahat na sama-sama tayo at gampanan natin ang ating tungkulin sa pagbibigay ng maganda at maayos na buhay sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino. Let us fill our shortcomings in our institutions and improve our services to the Filipino people. May we all embody the spirit of Dagyaw, the spirit of bayanihan, the spirit of conversation. May this platform inspire us to become partners for change," Calacat said.( JDP/DBC- PIA CAR)