BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 30 (PIA) -- Speakers of the first episode of Dagyaw 2020: Virtual Town Hall Meeting praised the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga, Department of Budget Management (DBM) Caraga and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga for spearheading the event, which helped shed light on the strong partnership between civil society organizations, private sector, and the government.
Glenn Bais, regional coordinator of Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) - Mindanao, who discussed the first topic of the said episode "Building Resilience" commended the said agencies for hosting the event.
"We are so happy that through Dagyaw and other platforms, we are able to display the spirit of partnership and collaboration between and among CSOs and the government and even with the private sector," he said.
Dagyaw is one of the main campaigns of the current administration that aims to bring the government closer to the people. This year's campaign focused on making the actions of the government and non-government stakeholders and partners on the current issues, such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The event was launched virtually on Thursday via Facebook Live on DILG Caraga and PIA Caraga's official Facebook pages. This was aimed to make it more accessible to the public without compromising their health and safety.
The organization head discussed how Caraganons can build resilience, the ability to overcome and recover from challenges and difficulties, despite the pressure brought by the pandemic.
This entailed nurturing the said trait in oneself by keeping a positive outlook in the situation and facing stressors head-on. Having a strong support system can also help with maintaining resilience, which could comprise of friends and families or even peer groups.
Financial literacy was also briefly discussed. According to Bais, to achieve financial freedom, certain habits must be formed.
"These include making financial goals, budgeting, identifying firstly the needs before wants, knowledge on managing finances, investing, and taking care of one's mental health. You must also be willing to commit to these habits. Doing so will guarantee financial freedom," he said.
The PHilDHRRA head also emphasized the need to prepare for future uncertainties. On the part of the government, it is suggested that a recovery master plan that includes innovative strategies that address and mitigate multifaceted issues and a financial literacy program must be made. Government agencies and local government units (LGUs) must also mobilize CSOs to deliver its programs to the marginalized and vulnerable groups.
He concluded his presentation by lauding the efforts of the government to strengthen their links with non-state actors (NSAs) such as PhilDHRRA.
"I am so happy that the government is opening its doors. We all know that social accountability works when there is an open and responsive government. Through this, we can also fortify our partnership. When we are united, we can extend more help especially during this unprecedented crisis."
"Dagyaw", the Hiligaynon word for "bayanihan," is a series of Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Participatory Governance Regional Townhall Meetings launched by the DBM and DILG with support from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and non-government partners.
The event serves as a platform for productive, valuable, sincere and visible engagement between senior officials of government and the citizens, promoting and disseminating information on the open government and participatory governance initiatives of the Duterte administration.
Episode two of this year's series entitled "Urban Gardening and Livelihood" will be aired on November 5, 2020 at 2:00 pm via Facebook Live, which can be streamed on DILG Caraga and PIA Caraga's official Facebook pages. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)