PROJECT UPDATE (September): I4J EXCHANGE WORKSHOPS
October 20, 2016
Starting December 2015, the project has gone through dissemination phase. From nine, i4J expanded to more than 60 LGUs across the country. For three months, these new LGUs went through orientation trainings, assessment of Integrity Self-Assessment Tool (ISAT), drafting of Integrity Mechanisms and setting up of Integrity Circles (IC), exactly what pilot LGUs did during the pilot phase. And through the exchange workshops, new LGUs learned from the experiences of the pilot LGUs as well as other LGUs.
A 2-day Exchange Workshops in three batches were successfully done in August 30-31; September 13-14; and September 29-30. These workshops were designed to give the LGUs a platform to present their mechanisms and learn from the experiences of other LGUs.
Representatives from the ICs of the nine pilot LGUs were invited to share their experiences, including the challenges they faced in implementing the project. They presented how their internal systems improved after joining the project. They also provided points on how effective it is to have integrity mechanisms in every LGU.
Most of the common mechanisms were streamlining of business procedures and services, involvement of Civil Society Organizations and the business sector, implementation of feedback mechanisms, orientation of new and existing government employees and continuous conduct of Business One Stop Shop (BOSS).
First day of the workshop was wrapped up with an open forum with the pilot LGUs, European Chamber of Commerce (ECCP) and Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI) as members of the panel. Attendees of the workshop were given a chance to ask questions and were provided with a business sector and Civil Society Organization perspective on the discussion.
During the second day of the workshop, new LGUs were clustered to discuss their integrity mechanisms and learn from the experiences of the other LGUs who also have the same concerns. Their inputs were also presented in their batch to open discussions for better suggestions.
The workshop concluded with a call to officially set-up the ICs through an EO or an Ordinance. The newly formed ICs will be gathered on October 28 to organize a network of ICs that will drive the integrity building process of LGUs, mainstream integrity best practices, and create an enabling environment to attract more investments and jobs in provinces, cities and municipalities.
Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs Coordination Office
5/F Cambridge Centre, 108 Tordesillas Corner Gallardo Sts., Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227, Philippines
Phone: (632) 819-7530 / Fax: (632) 893-6198