DILG holds virtual dialogues with the public on Covid-19 response and issues
Spurred by the positive survey ratings gained recently by the administration, the Department of the Interior and Local Government is encouraging the public to participate and be heard in a series of dialogue starting today on pressing issues, programs, and plans in addressing the needs of the people amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that through the Dagyaw 2020: Open Government Virtual Townhall Meetings, the public will be given an opportunity to join and participate in an open dialogue with top officials of the government where they are at liberty to air their queries, complaints, and proposals on Covid-19 issues for improved governance.
“Mula Oktubre hanggang Disyembre sa Dagyaw 2020, muli nating bubuksan ang pinto ng pamahalaan para sa ating mga kababayan para sa isang open dialogue para talakayin at ibahagi sa kanila ang mga kasalukuyang hakbang at plano ng pamahalaan tungkol sa Covid-19," Año said.
“Sana po ay makasama natin ang ating mga kababayan sa Dagyaw sapagkat isa po sa mga adhikain nito is to create an informed citizenry that is able to contribute in nation-building,” he added.
Dagyaw is a series of open dialogues that aim to clarify government programs that affect local communities and gives a platform to regular citizens to raise local concerns to senior government officials. The first series of Dagyaw dialogues was held last year.
“The government is fully aware that governance is a two-way street. Kailangan natin ang tulong ng iba’t ibang sektor at higit sa lahat, ng mga mamamayan. Sa pamamagitan ng Dagyaw, we are giving our kababayans the venue to air their sentiments and suggestions for the government to hear. Ito ay magsisilbing gabay at basehan ng gobyerno sa paggawa ng mahahalagang desisyon at mga polisiya tungo sa mas pinahusay na pamamahala,” he added.
Members of civil society organizations (CSOs) will also participate in Dagyaw 2020 to share their knowledge, recommendations, including their programs for the sector that they represent.
The DILG Chief said that Dagyaw 2020 is slated to commence on October 8, 2020, in an episode with the theme “Usapang Edukasyon: Is PH Ready for Distance/Blended Learning?” to be participated in by the Department of Education (DepEd), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), at E-NET Philippines.
“Bagama’t patuloy ang banta ng COVID-19 sa kalusugan at kaligtasan ng lahat, hindi ito hadlang para magsagawa ng makabuluhang dayalogo. Gamit ang internet at iba pang communication channels ng gobyerno, pinalawak ang maaabot ng mga importanteng pag-uusap na hatid ng bawat Dagyaw episode,” Año said.
“Mapapanood ang live stream nito sa Facebook pages ng iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno kabilang na ang sa Philippine Open Government Partnership, DILG, DBM, at PCOO, 2:00-4:30 PM sa mga nasabing araw,” he added.
The open dialogue will continue on October 15, 2020, in “Usapang Trabaho” with the Department of Labor and Employment, International Labor Organization, and NAGKAISA Labor Coalition followed by “Usapang OFW: Kinabukasan at Kalagayan ng OFWs sa Panahon ng Pandemya” on October 22, 2020, with Department of Foreign Affairs, Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, and Center for Migrant Advocacy.
Meanwhile, on October 29, 2020, “Usapang Agri: Ahon Lahat Para sa Pagkaing Sapat” will be the focus with the participation of the Department of Agriculture (DA), World Bank, at Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Samahan ng mga Magsasaka (PAKISAMA).
The public can join Dagyaw 2020 by visiting the official Facebook page of the Philippine Open Government Partnership for details and announcements or by checking the DILG, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) social media accounts for more information.
Dagyaw 2020 is a brainchild of various national government agencies spearheaded by the DILG, DBM, and PCOO in cooperation with Caucus of Development Network NGOs at Right to Know Right Now! Coalition.