Due to the pandemic, Mimaropa’s Dagyaw Town Hall Meeting this year will be held virtually via Zoom with the theme Lokal na Pamahalaan, Katuwang ng Mamamayan: Usapang Mimaropa’.
The conduct of Dagyaw 2020 is anchored on the objective of the National Task Force Against COVID-19 Sub-Task Group on Governance which is to ensure people-centered, clean, technology-enabled, and responsive governance by providing an open, neutral, and protected space for dialogue on key national and local issues, and plans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and strategize to restart social and economic activities. The event hopes to be an avenue for citizens to ask questions particularly for topics close to home.
Invited to discuss the issues on Jobs and Livelihood; Food Security and Agriculture; and Tourism and Environment are guests from the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and Mimaropa regional offices of the Department of Health (DOH), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año will also give a message during this town hall meeting.
“Dagyaw” is a Hiligaynon word that directly translates to mean “togetherness.” The word exemplifies the Filipino spirit of “bayanihan.” The activity is an inter-agency collaboration among DILG, Department of Budget and a-Management (DBM), Presidential Communications Operations Office-Philippine Information Agency (PCOO-PIA) and non-government partner organizations.
Since 2018, the Participatory Governance Cluster of the Cabinet (PGC) has been spearheading annual regional town hall meetings attended by groups and individuals from government and non-government sectors.
In 2019, by virtue of PGC Resolution No. 02-S2019, these town hall meetings were re-launched as Dagyaw: Open Government and Participatory Governance Regional Town Hall Meetings.
The Dagyaw Town Hall Meetings are being held at the national level which started to run this October 2020 until December 2020, simultaneous with the conduct of regional town hall meetings. (Melanie B. Ronquillo/PIA-Mimaropa)