More than 1000 Local Executives attend the 2022 CLE

A total of 1079 local government executives from the six provinces of Western Visayas showed up for the 2022 Conversations with Local Executives (CLE) held at the Iloilo Convention Center on August 30-31, 2022.

Gracing the opening activities was Iloilo Governor, Arthur R. Defensor, Jr. who called for the unity of all local executives in pursuit of development in the entire region. He announced the proposed Iloilo-Capiz-Aklan expressway which will connect these provinces and spur economic development. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas welcomed the delegates through a video message. He commended CSC for providing a venue where local executives can exchange best practices that they can replicate in their respective units.

CSC RO VI Regional Director Nelson G. Sarmiento, in his opening message, expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming response from the participants, saying this is one of the biggest face-to-face events in Region 6 after the pandemic hit.

The sessions started with Director Sarmiento discussing the Powers, Duties and Functions of Local Executives on HR. He shared that being a public servant entails being adaptive to change which is vital to the growth and development of their respective agencies.

Civil Service Institute Acting Executive Director IV Victoria F. Esber talked about the Policies on LGU Appointments and Other HR Actions. She emphasized that the power of Local Chief Executives (LCE) as appointing authorities, though enjoying a wide latitude of discretion, must concur with the limitations and guidelines set by civil service law and rules.

Day 2 of the 2022 CLE started with the session of CSC Assistant Commissioner Ariel G. Ronquillo on Administrative Discipline, highlighting the provisions of the Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service relevant to LGUs. He reminded the attendees of the principle of accountability - that public servants must be accountable for everything they do.  He likewise emphasized that LCEs should always have a legal basis for their actions and decisions as disciplining authorities.

The highlight of the event was the live video conference with Mayor Mar-len Abigail S. Binay’s who shared the Makati City experience in Honing Agile and Future-ready Local Governance.  She narrated the innovations that the LGU has made in the areas of health, education, energy, transportation and delivery of public services.  She also gave recognition to her team and their private partners in the fulfillment of their projects to make Makati City sustainable and a future-ready, smart city.

In his Keynote Speech, CSC Chairperson Karlo A.B. Nograles underscored the importance of HR management and called for the LGUs to be equipped and responsive to the evolving needs of the people.

Also present during the activity were DILG 6 Regional Director Juan Jovian E. Ingeniero, DBM 6 Officer-in-Charge Maria Liane L. Gayomali, COA 6 Regional Director Merne T. Peñaranda and COA 6 Legal Services Chief Atty. Galileo S. Alojado who discussed the latest issuances and rulings of their respective agencies. Director Ingeniero emphasized the role of DILG in capacitating and empowering LGUs towards improving local governance. Director Gayomali discussed the importance of LGU fiscal policies particularly in the devolution of basic services and functions due to the Mandanas-Garcia ruling. Director Peñaranda and Atty. Alojado highlighted the role of COA as watchdogs over disbursement of government funds. A clearing house was held to address issues and concerns that were raised by the participants regarding the discussions.

The 2022 CLE was capped with the integration of learning from the event and a community song, Samu’t saring Iisa, led by Rock Opong, alumnus of the 2015 The Voice - Kids and Semi-finalist in the 2019 Asia's Got Talent.

Registered participants came from Aklan (142), Antique (378), Capiz (187), Guimaras (35), Iloilo (156) and Negros Occidental (181).