MAASIN CITY– The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Southern Leyte has taken the lead in forming an organized body composed of various agencies from the national government including the private sector in a unifying effort to deliver services.
The newly formed organization was called Multi-Sectoral Advisory Council (MSAC), and it will eventually be like an umbrella for a much wider collaboration leading to having a Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC).

“There is a need for a synchronized approach in delivering services from various government agencies including the private sector in order to avoid possible duplication of functions, and this can be done through LGRC,” said Danilo Laguitan in remarks during the MSAC meeting Monday, March 20, at the legislative building in the capitol.

The meeting was attended by representatives and heads of more than a dozen national line agencies, the academe, and some private sector organizations.

Basic concepts in maintaining LGRC rested on knowledge management sharing by concerned offices to get ideas on how things are effectively done, multi-stakeholder participation to get desired results, and convergence of forces to maximize implementation of planned activities.

Jhonel Anavesa, DILG assistant provincial director for operations, discussed extensively minute details on the challenges of keeping LGRC functional under MSAC wings.

“The strategic focus of LGRC is the need to sustain high-performing local government units, particularly Southern Leyte, whose high standard of performance of performance has been looked up to for being branded as the home of champions in Region 8, Eastern Visayas,” Anavesa declared.

Participants actively voiced out positive impressions on the presented workings of LGRC, sharing thoughts on upcoming events in their respective turfs that will give the new approach a try.

(LDL/MMP/PIA Southern Leyte)