The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 02 successfully conducted the 2019 Multi-Stakeholders Advisory Committee (MSAC) with the theme: “Celebrating the gains of partnership” on May 16, 2019 at Villa Blanca Hotel, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.         

The event has been attended to by more than eighty (80) participants including: regional directors, heads and representative from national government agencies, local government units, local resource institutes, members of academe and civil society organizations.


The event hoped to strengthen collaboration and partnership of MSAC members and share the results and gains of programs, projects and activities implemented and conducted in convergence. Selected members of the MSAC shared their testimonies as result of the partnership with the office.

ARD Elpidio A. Durwin, CESO V, LGRRC Program Manager, in his message recognized the importance of members of MSAC in the implementation of various programs, projects and activities of the department. He underlined the  significance of alliance in successful delivery of public services.

PDEA Information Officer III Louella A. Tomas featured the impact of collaborative efforts of the office and other stakeholders for the Barangay Drug Clearing program. She mentioned the different activities conducted to facilitate and ensure successful implementation of the program.

Dr. Cristy B. Salvosa, Head of CSIS Project Team and Dean of College in Business Education, of Nueva Vizcaya State University shared their study entitled Waking the Women of Solano. This was followed by the presentation of Dr. Joan A. Tomas, Head of CSIS Project Team and Associate Professor V, of Isabela State University on their study entitled Muscling Against Community Apathy on Disaster Preparedness. The two (2) study were one of the Top 10 Technical Assistance Project of the DILG anchored on the results of the Citizens Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) program.

For Environment-Protective, Climate Change Adaptive and Disaster Resilient LGUs outcome, the Cagayan State University in person of Dr. Jose Guzman shared to the committee the workshops and trainings that they conducted in cooperation with the DILG for the provision of technical assistance to the LGUs in ensuring that they are prepared and safe during Calamities and Disasters.

Likewise, Atty. Noel Mora, OIC City Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Tuguegarao City highlighted their accomplishment in formulating their Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) with the assistance of CSU and DILG which he considered a stepping stone to mitigate Climate change. Also, he underscored the importance of the plan to help control and prevent floods in the city.

Furthermore, Charles Tagarino, Senior Trade and Industry Specialist, a representative of DTI highlighted the programs and training workshops that they conducted in partnership with the DILG RO2 which resulted to the enhancement in the implementation of programs under ease of doing business. He also mentioned the contribution of DILG in the successful implementation of Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) in the region.

Also, CSC Regional Director Nerissa Canguilan shared the outcome of partnership activities with the office that resulted for the DILG R2 to pass the PRIME HRM2 maturity. Also, she underlined the best practice implemented of the office which was being shared during CSC activities to other agencies for possible replication.

Lastly, the participants witnessed the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Regional Director Jonathan Paul Leusen, Jr., and Regional Chairman of the Isabela Small Waters Irrigation System Association (SWISA) Simeon Taruc in support of the Federalism advocacy of the Department.

The activity culminated with a message from Regional Director Jonathan Paul M. Leusen, Jr. soliciting the support and commitment of members in the future undertakings of the department. “As we once more face the challenges of this year, may we be reminded of the strong partnership we have forged throughout the years, that no matter the challenge we shall always overcome” he said. Also, he encouraged the committee to strive in their goals, “let us make this year one for the books once more and keep the momentum going, aria rehiyon dos!”  



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