BORONGAN CITY-The Local Governance Training and Research Institutes (LogoTRI-PhilNet) has elected Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) represented by Dr. Vicente Agda, Jr., director for Extension, as one of the members of the Board of Directors for 2019-2022 during its convention for renewing commitment to local governance capacity building held last April 23-25, 2019 in Pasig City.
The LoGoTRI-PhilNet is the country’s response to rationalize and direct the capacity development efforts in local governance and to institute mechanisms towards a sustained, responsive, appropriate, transparent, accountable, and quality capacity building interventions to the local governments. Patterned after the Local Government Training and Research Institutes (LOGOTRI) in the Asia-Pacific, the Local Government Academy of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (LGA-DILG) has facilitated its establishment on September 12, 2003 during the National Convention of Local Resource Institutions (LRIs) held in Los Baños, Laguna.
ESSU as one of the local resource institutes (LRI) of the DILG has also been tapped through Dr. Agda as chair for Programs and Education of LogoTRI-PhilNet. The network which is composed of public and private higher educational institutions, NGOs and people’s organization throughout the country will engage local government units in capacity development interventions and services through the online capacity development market system (OCDMS).
LoGoTRI-PhilNet aims to: 1) adopt a holistic institutional development or reform framework for integrated and concerted action by installing functional systems and mechanisms including but not limited to the sharing of best practices, innovations and resources; 2) ensure institutional development of member LRIs and the network through the establishment of quality standards, accreditation schemes and academic consortia; and 3) espouse good governance principles and values by strengthening grassroots democracy and promoting transparency and accountability, among others.
Elected as president of the network is the De La Salle University, represented by Dr. Marlon Era.
As LRI, ESSU was also invited by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to attend the Newly-Elected Officials’ (NEO) Program Managers’ Orientation held on April 29-May 2, in Cebu City.
ESSU President Dr. Edmundo Campoto expressed his gratitude for the windows of opportunities afforded to the university in terms of forging various linkages particularly in the areas of research and extension. (PR)