CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Oct.27 (PIA) — Dagyaw Regional Town Hall meetings will go virtual this 2020 with focus on recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
“Since 2018, the Participatory Governance Cluster of the Cabinet (PGC) has been spearheading annual regional town hall meetings attended by groups and individuals from government and non-government sectors. In 2019, by virtue of PGC Resolution No. 02-S2019, these town hall meetings were re-launched as Dagyaw: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Town Hall Meetings,” Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Regional Director William L. Beltran said.
 
“Dagyaw”, a Hiligaynon word that directly translates to “togetherness”, was chosen as the event brand because it exemplifies the Filipino spirit of bayanihan.
 
By virtue of Executive Order No. 24, signed in May 2017, this initiative is anchored on the mandates of the PGC to a) promote and ensure the direct participation of various stakeholders in the crafting and formulation of policies and programs to address emergent governance issues and concerns at the grassroots level and; b) initiate programs and projects that will facilitate citizen empowerment and participation in governance at the national, regional and local levels.
 
The conduct of this series of events is spearheaded by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Presidential Communications Operations Office thru the PIA and Department of Budget and Management (DBM). It is supported by the Office of the President, Office of the Cabinet Secretary, various national government agencies and civil society organizations including the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas.
 
“As part of the government’s commitment of building mutual trust with its people, we will continue bringing citizen empowerment and participation at the national, regional, and local levels. This year, as we adapt to the new normal, we will bring Dagyaw in the comfort of your home. These virtual town hall meetings will serve as protected space for digital conversation between the government and the people to continue exemplifying the spirit of bayanihan despite these challenging times,” DILG Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag said.
 
“Months after the 1st Regional Dagyaw in Central Luzon, COVID-19 pandemic happened.  The virus resulted to  global economic recessions of nations, including the Philippines, because of the shutdown of the economy especially the industries. Even government was not spared in the shutdown as operations were halted for a long while. It is again this time of the year when we will be soon holding the 2nd Regional Dagyaw, and if not for the pandemic, we would be measuring our performance from last year in terms of services and infrastructure such as Universal Healthcare and Build Build Build. Instead, we are experiencing setback in achieving our target outputs because of this unwanted fortuitous event, but the government is putting its best foot forward to overcome this stumbling block,” DBM Regional Director Isabel C. Taguinod said.
 
“Likewise, we believe in the resilience of the people of Central Luzon, there is no doubt they will also defeat this dreaded disease,  which was evident  when they were able to bounce back a few years after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. This Dagyaw is the opportune platform wherein national government agencies will go down to the grassroots to listen to the plight of their constituents in order that they may address them accordingly with their existing programs, projects and activities and consider them in preparing their future budget proposals if they cannot be immediately acted upon,” Taguinod added.
 
In Central Luzon, Dagyaw 2020 shall consists of two episodes with the first one slated this Thursday, October 29 from 1:30PM-4:30PM.
 
Entitled “Usapang Trabaho: Ekonomiya sa Panahon ng Pandemya”, speakers include National Economic and Development Authority OIC-Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza, Department of Trade and Industry OIC-Assistant Regional Director Leonila T. Baluyut, Department of Agriculture Regional Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief Arthur D. Dayrit and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization National Emergency Coordinator Alberto Aduna.
 
Those interested to participate may register through tinyurl.com/DagyawCentralLuzon. The activity will also be streamed lived in all regional social media pages of DILG and PIA. (CLJD-PIA 3)



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