The Municipality of Pilar began with the first stage of the Performance Governance System (PGS), which is the flagship program of Institute for Solidarity in Asia’s (ISA), last November 17-18, 2016 at the Mansion Garden Hotel, Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
The initiation stage of this program begins with the establishment of what the organization’s core values are, and also the crafting of the mission and vision statements which specifies where they see themselves in the near future. Furthermore, another part of this stage is the strategy mapping and governance scorecard. The workshop focused on its first part which is the core values, mission and vision statements. The objectives of the said workshop are for the participants to be able to substantiate the LGU’s plans for the municipality through their mission and vision statements.
“It is our concern how we will live in a better community”, said Mayor Alice. In her welcome message, she emphasized how PGS will help the municipality further boost its evolving economic and social development. Also another significant point that the mayor highlighted was the importance of cooperation among various sectors in the society. She stressed on this matter when she said that “…leadership should not be about one person, it should be shared”. Her statement is aligned with ISA’s main principle which says that governance is a shared responsibility and should involve the participation of both the private and public sector.
After Mayor Alice’s welcome message, Mr. Jan-Ace R. Mendoza, the Program Officer for LGUs from ISA, briefly discussed what the Performance Governance System is all about. He also mentioned in his discussion that in order to achieve good governance, integrity and competence should exist in the organization. These are important values that each individual must possess.
Mr. Mendoza also discussed how the participants will engage in this workshop. The participants were Mayor Alice Pizarro, Vice Mayor Marino Caguimbal, Hon. Aurea Iguico, Hon. Cecilia Garcia, selected department heads, civil society organizations (CSOs) representatives, private sector representatives, and representatives from national government agencies. They were divided into four (4) groups which they will be working with during the entire workshop. Also with him as part of the ISA team were Mr. Luis Carlos L. Martinez and Mr. Jose Miguel J. Deanon (Program Coordinators for Local Government Units).
The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Marlyn Angeles who is involved with ISA in helping local governments craft clear, focused and strategic values, mission and vision statements through the introduction of Communications Intelligence. Ms. Angeles began with asking the participants what their aspirations were for this workshop. This was then followed by specifying the municipality’s core values. As the seminar progressed, there were exchanges of clashing ideas. Since there were representatives from different sectors, the facilitator welcomed the varying points of view and consolidated each idea by hearing out each viewpoint. The first day of the workshop ended with selected participants and the ISA team finalizing the conceived statements.
The second day started off with the presentation of the crafted values, mission, and vision statements. The core values that were identified are: integrity, teamwork, love of God and respect, and service. The mission statement crafted is: “We ensure the quality of life of every Pilarian through efficient and effective social services, programs, and policies that promote inclusive economic growth”. And the vision statement, “Within the top 3 historical-cultural tourism destinations in Luzon by 2022”, “Within the top 5 historical-cultural tourism destinations in Luzon by 2020”. Afterwards, the seminar proceeded to the SWOT analysis which determines where the municipality is now. This was followed by the evaluation of the session.
Mayor Alice Pizarro ended the workshop by thanking all the participants for their cooperation and valuable inputs that resulted to positive outputs. Truly the workshop was undoubtedly productive and was also able to exhaust the brilliant minds of the participants. Mayor Alice noted as well the emerging partnership amongst Pilarians in crafting an exceptional yet feasible development plan.