By Tracy Cabrera
IN an effort to bring the government closer to the people under the bayanihan spirit, the Department of Interior and Local Government will launch next week its public dialogue program through the Dagyaw 2020: Open Government Virtual Townhall Meetings.
Beginning this October until December, government will closely monitor and tackle with experts from different social sectors all issues and updates that concern the Duterte administration’s primary projects, initiatives and plans in order to respond to the needs of the citizenry amidst the coronavirus global pandemic.
With Dagyaw 2020, public dialogues will be joined by members of civil society organizations (CS Os) who will share their know-how, recommendations and even their project initiatives to the others sectors who need their assistance.
Interior and local government secretary retired general Eduardo Año enjoined the public to participate in this worthy initiative that would pave the way for a concerted effort with the citizenry in responding to public’s queries, needs and proposals for the future and transparent governance.
Dagyaw 2020 will be composed of the joint efforts of several government agencies, including the DILG, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and with the cooperation of the Caucus of Development Network NGOs and Right to Know Right Now! Coalition.
The program is set to be launched on October 8 in an episode themed Usapang Edukasyon: Is PH Ready for Distance/Blended Learning?, where discussions will be joined by the Department of Education (DepEd), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and E-NET Philippines.
This will be followed by another episode on October 15 dubbed Usapang Trabaho with the participation of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), International Labor Organization (ILO) and NAGKAISA Labor Coalition.
A third episode is also scheduled with the theme Usapang OFW: Kinabukasan at Kalagayan ng OFWs sa Panahon ng Pandemya on October 22 and participated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Blas F. Ople Policy Training Institute and Center for Migrant Advocacy.
On the last Thursday of the month, October 29, Usapang Agri: Ahon Lahat Para sa Pagkaing Sapat will be tackled with the Department of Agriculture (DA), World Bank and Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Magsasaka (PAKISAMA)
According to Año, although the threat of Covid-19 is still upon us, this should not be an obstacle for meaningful dialogue between government and the public. “Gamit ang internet at iba pang communication channels ng gobyerno, pinalawak ang maaabot ng mga importanteng pag-uusap na hatid ng bawat Dagyaw episode. Ang lahat ng mga ito magsisilbing gabay at basehan ng gobyerno sa paggawa ng mahahalagang desisyon at mga polisiya tungo sa mas pinahusay na pamamahala,” the secretary said.
To participate in the forthcoming Dagyawan activities, those interested need only to join through the Facebook page of the Philippine Open Government Partnership for important announcements. For more information and details, please visit the social media pages of the DILG, DBM and PCOO.