CABARROGUIS, Quirino, Oct. 28 (PIA)-Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo E. Cua in his keynote address during the recently concluded Dagyaw 2020: Virtual Town Hall Meeting conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), in partnership with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), has lauded the organizers saying that it espoused good coordination and communication between the government and the people.
This year's Dagyaw featured "Usapang Edukasyon, Ayuda at Trabaho" as main topics of discussion as these were considered relevant issues amongst stakeholders especially during this time of pandemic.
Gov. Cua stressed the need to empower the field commanders-the provincial local government units, mayors, councilors, barangay officials, national government agencies saying that they can and have shown they can play a vital role in protecting their constituents.
Also, the governor pointed out that it's not enough for the government officials to be telling the people what to do, instead, they must show or explain to them how to go about it, what strategies to be applied to ensure that every citizen can understand and can contribute to the efforts of the government in protecting them against the coronavirus.
"We need to explain to the people what protocols to follow, why they need to follow all of these. In doing these, we should also gather their feedbacks, how they feel about such decisions and whether they appreciate the efforts of their government," Gov. Cua said.
The governor likewise said that COVID-19 pandemic taught the government and the people an important lesson on the provision of assistance and social services as well as the pressing need to invest in data.
"Kung napaaga itong National ID natin , na naipatupad sana isa o dalawang taon bago tayo sinalanta ng COVID-19, marahil iba ang naging karanasan natin sa Social Amelioration Program at iba pang ayudang ipinamigay natin sa ating mga mamamayan," the governor said.
Cua stressed that data and data driven decisions are really important so that the government can deliver the right program to the right people who are needing this program.
On education under the new normal, Cua said that everyone learned a very glaring lesson on digital divide and digital infrastructure.
He reiterated the need to address digital divide, to build digital infrastructure or network not only in the urban areas but also in far-flung barangays to ensure quality education for the youth.
"Before the pandemic, we were always thinking new classrooms, better classrooms and hiring new teachers. Because of this, we saw that the digital divide should also be addressed, that even in the most far-flung areas will be provided internet access, not just in the cities," Cua stressed.
Gov. Cua has underscored the importance of unity and that politics must be set aside to be able to win the battle against COVID-19 disease and succeed in the efforts to recover, to improve the lives of the people and help them get back on their feet again.
"Philippines is a shining star, showing growth in a promising digits. Sa ngayon, hindi lang tayo dapat tumingin kung paano tayo babalik sa dati kundi kung paano tayo mag-look forward given the circumstances na kahit may ibang pandemiyang darating sa hinaharap ay makakapaghanda ang ating mga kababayan at ekonomiya," Cua said. (MDCT/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)