Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola of Occidental Mindoro
Governor and ULAP President Alfonso Umali, Jr. of Oriental Mindoro
OIC James Fadrilan of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region IV-B, and
Atty. Jefrie Sahagun, representative of Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez.
For Central Visayas and Negros Regions, present during the dialogue are:
Governor Alfonso Umali Jr. of Oriental Mindoro – President of ULAP
Governor Edgar Chatto of Bohol
Governor Ruel Degamo of Negros Oriental
Governor Zaldy Villa of Siquijor
Mayor Mei Ling Quezon – LMP Siquijor, Siquijor
Mayor Dean Villa – LMP Larena, Siquijor
Mayor Bentham Dela Cruz – LMP President of Negros Oriental
Board Member Romulo Cepedoza – LNB President of Bohol
Engr. Ernie Mapa (representing Governor Alfredo Maranon, Jr. of Negros Occidental) and,
Mr. Benigno Christopher Lucero (representing Governor Hilario Davide III of Cebu)
Also present are Assistant Secretary Maxine Tanya Hamada and Director for Meaningful Devolution Karen Villanueva of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 7.
Meanwhile, present during the CARAGA Regional Dialogue are:
Gov. Edward Adolf Plaza of Agusan del Sur
Councilor Kirk Asis - ULAP Assistant Secretary General and President of National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL)
Czarina Medina-Guce – ULAP Executive Director
Mayor Enrico Corvera of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte
BM Benjamin Lim - LNB President of Agusan del Norte
Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion of DILG CARAGA
PPDC Merlinda Baure of Surigao del Sur (representing Governor Johnny Pimentel)
Mr. CPDC Aprodecio Alba of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur (representing Mayor Librado Navarro) and,
Asst. City Budget Officer Mila Busico of Butuan City (representing Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr.).
The #ParaSaBayan advocacy, through gathering commitments of the local government heads, pushes for the principle of performance measurements coupled with incentives and capacity-building; local fiscal reforms in key service delivery areas such as health, education, local economic development, and evidence-based policy making through technologies; and participatory governance.
The dialogue and consultation was followed by a ceremonial signing of the commitment to the #ParaSaBayan advocacy. The commitment, which is signed by the Governors and other participants, pushes for sustainable and institutionalized policies of the current administration on performance measurements and incentive system for local government units. Moreover, the local governments commit to conduct information dissemination of the advocacy down to their barangays, provide policy lobbying to the national government agencies and foster program partnerships with civil society organizations and the private sector.
The dialogue is a series of consultations led by ULAP. The activities will cover all regions in the country, with the objective of translating the advocacy to commitments from the local governments, and response from national government agencies. The gains of the advocacy will be reported in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code in October 2016.
The #ParaSaBayan dialogues is in partnership with Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Budget and Management, Philippine Open Government Partnership (OGP) Steering Committee, United Nation’s RePubliko programme, and Microsoft Philippines.