After receiving the Palladium Hall of Fame award, the city government is eyeing a province-wide promotion of shared governance advocacy by gathering private sector representatives in a single group.
The said group is popularly known as Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition, an alliance of private entities that assist local government units (LGUs) in the attainment of their strategic goals.
In a fellowship night held at the Emiliana Hall on July 3, the LGUs of Balanga City and Bataan Province gathered their existing MSGCs, as well as the new ones of Samal and Pilar.
Both Balanga City and Bataan Province created MSGCs as a requirement of the Performance Governance System (PGS), a management tool that integrates strategies and LGU mandates.
Samal and Pilar are new inductees in the PGS pathway, where they will complete four stages of governance transformation, namely Initiation, Compliance, Proficiency and Institutionalization. In these four stages, an MSGC is expected to work as a partner that will “check and balance” the LGU’s strategies against its vision.
Balanga City received the PGS Institutionalization badge in 2016, mainly due to city government employees’ and MSGC’s efforts.
Sharing a Deep Well of Knowledge
Dr. Ariel Ilaya, former Balanga City MSGC president, said that it is important for all multi-sectoral alliances in Bataan to frequently meet for an exchange of knowledge.
During the said MSGC fellowship night, Dr. Ilaya presented Balanga’s MSGC’s history and accomplishments so those present would learn from them.
Also known as Ugnayang Balangueño, Balanga’s MSGC was established through the insistence of former mayor and now second district Rep. Jose Enrique S. Garcia, III.
“Sa simula hindi namin alam ang mga task namin, pero pursigido si Cong. Joet (Garcia) na buuin ang MSGC,” said Dr. Ilaya as he recounted how MSGC learned the rudiments of PGS.
“Hindi naman lahat ay ibibigay ng PGS sa atin (MSGC). Pero unti-unti, natutunan naming i-align ang aming mga projects sa vision ng Balanga,” continued Dr. Ilaya.
The former MSGC head was talking about MSGC’s existing projects that are for humanitarian purposes, like the annual ‘Operation Tuli’. However ideal those projects are, they are not directly aligned to the city’s vision of becoming a center of learning and business – a University Town.
The total alignment of Ugnayang Balangueño’s projects to the city’s vision happened when Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia opened the first Barangay Learning Hub (BLH) in Doña Francisca. BLH is a facility that offers free computer use and tutorials through Khan Academy and Kindle application.
BLH is one of the main points highlighted during Palladium Hall of Fame audit in 2016.
In response to Ugnayang Balangueño’s success as the city’s main governance collaborator, Mayors Alice Pizarro of Pilar and Gene Dela Fuente of Samal lauded its efforts and cited it as a role model.
“Mapalad ang Samal dahil marami kaming matututunan mula sa inyo (Ugnayang Balangueño),” said Mayor Dela Fuente.
More Assistance to the Rising UTown
The MSGC fellowship night ended with the formal turnover of 17 computer units from MSGC to the city government of Balanga.
Many of the said computer units came from private groups such as the Bataan Auto Enthusiasts, United Architects of the Philippines, and Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers.
The said computers will be deployed to a new BLH facility that the city government will soon open in Tortugas. By: Arli Joshua Atienza