Participants in the foundation course on local governance and development pose for a class picture together with JICA programme coordinator Mamiko Nakada (seventh from right, back row), DAP SVP for Programs Magdalena Mendoza (ninth from right, back row), DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Noor Hafizullah Abdullah (ninth from left, back row) and DAP VP Imelda Caluen (fourth from right, front row) last July 2-4 at the Richmonde Hotel in Pasig City.

A total of 22 local chief executives from selected local government units from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) completed the foundation course in local governance and development conducted by the Development Academy of the Philippines in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao last July 2-4 at the Richmonde Hotel in Pasig City.

 A total of 19 mayors and three vice mayors from the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi participated in this foundation course.

The program is aimed at providing participating LGUs with collaboration and overall context to local governance and development through the discussion of principles, concepts and examples of good governance as well as phronetic and knowledge-based organizations.  The course included discussions on the Philippine Development Plan that lays down the strategies to ensure inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and a globally competitive knowledge economy by 2020, and how these conditions can support and lead towards a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay – as the PDP purports to aim for – for Filipinos by 2040.

The course likewise tackled current issues, realities, challenges and recent developments affecting ARMM LGUs and how these may be addressed through good leadership and governance.  The concepts and principles of knowledge creation and phronetic leadership were also introduced during the program.

DAP SVP Magdalena Mendoza speaks during the opening program of the foundation course on local governance and development.

DAP Senior Vice President for Programs Magdalena L. Mendoza, during the program’s opening, encouraged the participants to be actively engaged in the training as the discussions were expected to contribute to the enrichment of their leadership skills and aid them in creatively identifying opportunities to raise revenues in their respective LGUs.

The foundation course is the first of four courses in the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Training for local chief executives of 30 LGUs in the ARMM.