Department of the Interior and Local Government readies training for new local officials

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is now ready to train the newly-elected candidates on effective local governance whether he may be a neophyte or a veteran.

According to Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, the DILG through its training arm, the Local Government Academy (LGA) will soon roll-out the new-elected officials (NEO) program for the 17,754 newly-elected and reelected local government officials who were given a fresh three-year mandate by the electorates.

“Whether you are a newbie or veteran in the local government arena, the DILG under the leadership of Secretary Eduardo Año is prepared to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills in governance to enable you to deal with the critical challenges of your office,” Malaya stressed.

He cited some very young first termer city mayors like Vico Sotto of Pasig City and  22-year-old Alaminos City mayor-elect Arth Bryan Celeste as among the new victors in that may need the LGA’s guidance of a sort.  

“I know they have lots of plans for their constituents. The DILG is here to train and guide them so that they can better serve the people,” Malaya said.

Of the 17,754 local officials were elected in the recent May 13 national and local midterm elections, 81 of them are governors, 81 vice-governors, 780 provincial board members, 145 city mayors, 145 city vice-mayors, 1,628 city councilors, 1,489 municipal mayors, 1,489 municipal vice-mayors, and 11,916 municipal councilors nationwide.