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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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Participatory governance
dialog in Bacolod

The multi-agency “Open Government and Participatory Governance” regional dialog Bacolod City leg will gather representatives from national and local government agencies, civil society, the academe, public sector unions, business groups, media, and other development partners at the SMX Convention Center today and tomorrow, a government press release said.

The dialog is held nationwide as part of the Duterte administration's efforts to hold more talks with local stakeholders, initiated by the Department of Budget and Management, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Caucus of Development NGO Networks, Department of Finance, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the tax reform session, with support from the USAID-Facilitating Public Investment Project.

The dialog aims to consult with stakeholders on the content of the Participatory Governance Cluster Roadmap, provide an avenue for dialog among LGUs and local CSOs on developing sub-national Open Government Partnership commitments and plans, and raise awareness on the 2018 national budget and the proposed tax reform package 2, the press release said.

The Bacolod City leg is the first of six legs slated nationwide, to include the Luzon and Mindanao regions.

The Participatory Governance Cluster was introduced through Executive Order No. 24, which reorganizes the Cabinet into six clusters, including the PCG, to adhere to the key priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippines is one of the founding members of the Open Government Partnership, a unique international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies that strengthen governance, the press release added.*


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2 SHS buildings inaugurated

Officials of the Department of Education, the Manapla town government, and Department of Public Works and Highways graced the inauguration and turnover of two buildings for the Senior High School of Manapla National High School recently, a DepEd press release said.

Each two-storey building is comprised of eight classrooms, as well as comfort rooms and storage rooms.

Due to the muddy, hilly terrain of the school site, which was formerly a rice field, the construction that began in mid-2016 progressed slowly, but was eventually finished in December 2017.

Manapla Mayor Lourdes Socorro Escalante, with Councilor Carina Denise Aguilar, and Barangay Capt. Wilfredo Lozano took part in the ribbon-cutting and turnover ceremonies, with DepEd Negros Occidental Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Cheryl Tondo, Geronimo Ermio, and DPWH Negros Occidental's chief engr. Lydia Tupas, the press release said.

MNHS principal 3 Arnaldo Bionat said the two school buildings are a blessing to the school. He said the school is also expecting another two buildings for workshop, as well as information and communication technology facilities.

Escalante said she is grateful to DepEd and the DPWH for providing good structures and classrooms, as well as dedicated teachers, so that good quality education can be delivered to the children.

MNHS's Supreme Student Government president, Ella Mae Bayot, said she and the rest of the student body were grateful and honored to be the recipients of the project.

St. Roch parish priest Conrado Mantac officiated in the blessing of the new school buildings, the press release added.*


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