IN CALBAYOG CITY Mayor Aquino installs bottom-up transformation roadmap 2020
CALBAYOG CITY – Barangay–based Eco-Agri-Tourism Loop, Investment Promotion and the development of economic enterprises are just three of the 12 point strategic initiatives that Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino is set to implement in order to achieve the LGU Transformation Roadmap 2020.
Among the strategic initiatives are reactivation of Eco-Agri-Tourism Councils, formulation of Comprehensive Tourism Master Plan, Calbayog Culture and Historical Tour, revival of festival, implementation of management information system, Eco-Agri Training Center, Calbayog Investment & Promotion Center, classification of real property units, implementation of idle land tax, Bangon Hydroelectric Plant, Bagsakan Center/Trading Post, and transfer to the new public market and land transport terminal.
According to Mayor Aquino, he is committed to honor and uphold the newly crafted strategy map and governance scorecard as the main tool of his administration to boost the economy of the city.
This was his pronouncement during the Christmas Party of the local government employees last December 21, 2012 at the City Hall lobby wherein he presented to the public the new strategy map and governance scorecard of LGU Calbayog.
Present during the affair were the local officials, the department managers, and the representatives from the multi-sectoral governance coalition, particularly from the media and the Greater Calbayog Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCCI).
During the said affair, Mayor Aquino thanked those who participated during the strategy refresh session for their valuable insights that paved the way for the local government unit of Calbayog City to craft a new vision, mission, strategy map and governance scorecard.
Earlier in December 18-20, 2012, City Mayor Aquino, together with the department managers of LGU Calbayog and representatives from the different sectors in the community, underwent a three-day strategy refresh session at Ciriaco Hotel, Brgy. Bagacay, Calbayog City. Among the participants were representatives from the following sectors, namely, elderly, small and medium enterprises, cooperatives, tourism and culture, non-government organizations, peoples’ organizations, environment advocates, academe, media, professionals, agriculture, women, and the youth among others.
The activity aimed to formulate a new strategy map and governance scorecard for LGU Calbayog. During the refreshing session, the participants were asked to identify problems in the community that they want to transform. They were also asked what particular strategies they can offer to counter these problems. From their insights, the participants were able to craft a strategy map that will guide LGU Calbayog to reach its vision, i.e. Calbayog 2020: The Premier Eco-Agri-Tourism Hub.
A four-member team from the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) facilitated the discussion. Among the four were Christian Zaens (ISA executive director and lead facilitator), Jeremy John Pintor (senior program officer and co-facilitator), Josemaria Lorenzo Arguelles, and Ace Carlo Cabalquinto (program assistants for LGUs and co-facilitators).
In September 2012, Mayor Aquino visited the ISA office to manifest the commitment of his administration to forge partnership with the said institution in shaping the destiny of LGU Calbayog thru innovative and performance-based governance.
To show his administration’s determination to pursue the Institutionalization Stage of the PGS, the current leadership engaged the services of the ISA to help his management team conduct a scientific review and environmental scanning in order to have a clear view of the current situation of the LGU.
The result of the environmental scanning which the ISA did with the help of the department managers who were interviewed, as well as the available documents which the ISA reviewed last October 2012, the existing governance scorecard and the baseline data which the staff of the Office of Strategy Management diligently populated shortly after that visit, would serve as the main references in the quest for an enhanced strategy map for the LGU.
Last November 7-9, 2012, the local officials, department managers, and sectoral representatives, actively participated during the focus group discussion conducted by the same ISA team. The output of the said activity would serve as compass for the revalidation of existing strategies and initiatives. However during that activity, it was pointed out that there was a need to harmonize the different versions of the LGU visions.
As a result, a survey was conducted among the Department Managers (internal stakeholders) in order for them to decide which version should be upheld. The respondents have chosen the version “The Center of Development for Samar Island by 2015” with specific proposal to reset the time frame to 2020.
However, representatives from the Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC), particularly those from the Greater Calbayog Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCCI), proposed a new version of the vision and mission of the LGU. Hence, a second survey was conducted among the department managers and local officials whether or not to adopt the MSGC proposal or to retain the chosen vision.
Majority of the respondents chose to adopt the MSGC proposal. Hence, during the session the MSGC proposal was presented to the plenary for final approval.
Armed with a fresh vision, mission, strategy map, and governance scorecard, there is no reason why Calbayog should be left behind. [Staff of the Office of Strategy Management (OSM) of LGU Calbayog City]
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