TOWARDS INTEGRITY AND GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
January 9, 2017
More than one-day event of presentations and speeches, the 1st LGU-Business Summit last November 22, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel provided an avenue for dialogue between the LGUs, business sector and civil society groups.
The Summit highlighted the on-going efforts of LGU Signatories to the Integrity Pledge to strengthen integrity practices in their respective localities. Four LGUs talked about their Integrity Best Practices for Investment Opportunities – Province of South Cotabato; City of San Carlos, Negros Occidental; City of Iloilo, Iloilo; and City of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Their presentations aimed to inspire other LGUs and to encourage the business sector to collaborate in making their locality attractive for investments.
On the part of the business sector, PCCI President George Barcelon presented the challenges in promoting SMEs in the LGUs while ECCP Past President Hubert d’Aboville explained how it is best to promote foreign investment in the countryside. Both of them highlighted the importance of integrity and the LGUs being business-friendly.
EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation Franz Jessen delivered the keynote address with the theme of Empowering Non-State Actors in Local Governance. DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero gave exhaustive pointers to LGUs in their pursuit to being competitive and resilient. He shared DILG’s strategy in helping out LGUs to improve their business environment through Streamlining Business Process and Licensing System; Road Upgrading, Rehabilitation and Improvement; Public-Private Partnership for the People; Managing Disasters and Risks; and Resilience at the Core of Local Governance. He ended his presentation with National Agencies Online Sites which can help measure the LGUs competitiveness.
Dr. Peter Koeppiner, Project Director, shared the Project I4J’s experience in LGU Integrity Building and Job Creation in his presentation. He highlighted the Integrity Building Process and the Project Milestones in three-years time. Sis. Susan O. Bolanio, OND, South Cotabato Province Integrity Circle Chair represented the established Local Government Unit Integrity Circle (LoGIC) Network. She discussed the the objectives and plans of the network that will serve as the platform for systematic best practice exchange on integrity and job promotion. CSC Director Maria Luisa Agamata presented Report Card Systems of the 2015 Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA). She emphasized that ARTA program links government to the people.
The LGU-Business Summit has received co-funding from the European Union’s Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Government Grant. The Summit was organized by European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and In Partnership with Partnerships for Integrity and Jobs. The event was co-presented by Marriott Manila and Mighty Corporation as Platinum Sponsor. This event was also made possible by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., Landbank and Globaltronics as Gold Sponsors. Silver Sponsors were Manila Water and Shell Philippines. Business World and Inquirer.net as Official Media Partners and ANC as the Official TV Partner.
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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