The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday said that it is ready to train the 17,754 newly-elected and reelected local government officials on how to become effective local government leaders “who will steer their respective localities to greater heights of peace and development.”

In a press statement, DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the department’s training arm Local Government Academy (LGA) will soon “roll out” Newly-Elected Officials (NEO) Programs for both those who are new in public office and those who are relatively experienced but are given new assignments.

“Whether you are a newbie or veteran in the local government arena, the DILG under the leadership of Secretary Eduardo Año is prepared to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills in governance to enable you to deal with the critical challenges of your office,” Malaya said.

Malaya stressed on the need for such programs highlighting the unusual number of young officials to be sworn in.

A total of 17,754 local officials were elected in the recent May 13 national and local midterm elections comprised of 81 governors, 81 vice-governors, 780 provincial board members, 145 city mayors, 145 city vice-mayors, 1,628 city councilors, 1,489 municipal mayors, 1,489 municipal vice-mayors, and 11,916 municipal councilors nationwide, the DILG said.

“We are just waiting for the proclamation of winners in all provinces, cities, and municipalities before we will officially commence the NEO program within this month,” Malaya added.

The new set of local leaders will also undergo series of capacity building training for them to align their local agenda with the national priority thrusts of the administration including the fight against illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, violent extremism as well as the federalism advocacy drive. (PacificTimes)