CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Aug. 11 (PIA)--Coming from various sectors of Northern Mindanao, 850 participants joined the Dagyaw 2019: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Townhall Meetings held at Barangay Nazareth gym, August 8, tackling the region's priority concerns on health, countering of violent extremism and general development.
Said activity is envisioned to be one of the main government campaigns that will provide avenues for productive, valuable, sincere and visible engagement between government and the people at the local levels.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said, "Dagyaw 2019 is one way of bringing the government closer to the people through Civil Society Organizations and citizens in addressing various issues and concerns through national and regional officials of government agencies."
Through open government and participatory governance, he underscored that this will give the citizens the right to actively participate in good governance, especially in Region 10.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, likewise highlighted the need to bring the government closer to the people saying,
"Our task here is to gather all your stories and take them to desks where programs and decisions are made. It is here in the town halls where questions are to be answered."
Issues and concerns raised by participants include the dengue outbreak, basic health services in isolated areas, closure of some schools that were allegedly used by CPP-NPA to indoctrinate people in highlands, railway system status in Mindanao, and the need for some local government units to prioritize of the installation of waste water system facilities, among others.
Moreover, with Dagyaw 2019 showcasing the different services of the government, DILG Asec. Marjorie N. Jalosjos said that this is also in line with the desire to finally put an end to the 50-year long insurgency problem in the country.
Through the operationalization of Executive Order 70, also known as the "Whole-of-Nation Approach", the government aimed on synchronizing all the efforts and interventions focusing on the 27 conflict-affected barangays here in Region 10, she added.
"We want to showcase to our people that the government is doing not just 'something' but 'everything' for the general welfare of our people," she said.
The word "Dagyaw" is a Hiligaynon term for "Bayanihan" which exemplifies the concept of "togetherness."
Dagyaw 2019 is aligned with and support the pre-SONA, SONA, and post-SONA preparations and activities, spearheaded by the DILG, Department of Budget and Management, and the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Dagyaw 2019 for Northern Mindanao was held at Barangay Nazareth Gymnasium, Cagayan de Oro City and was spearheaded by DILG, Department of Budget and Management, and PCOO. (DILG10/PIA10)