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UNEP Spearheads Good Governance Confab

Iriga City----The University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) will again be embarking in another worthy endeavor as it gears up for the holding of  an activity dubbed as TAGGED-LGU or Training on Good Governance, Gender and Enterprise Development for Local Government Units.  The three-day confab will be held at the Iriga Plaza Convention Center, Iriga City from January 26 until Jan 28, 2011.

UNEP chose to partner with the University of the Philippines Institute for Small Scale Industries (UPISSI), Small Enterprise Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (SERDEF).  The activity is also in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Regional Office.

Leading the list of local government officials who were invited to attend the said conference is Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen.  Gazmen’s aggressive programs and dynamic leadership has elevated the economic status of Iriga and has bolstered the city’s social and entrepreneurial industry.  

The lady chief executive, aside from welcoming the participants, was also tasked to introduce the event’s key note speaker which is non and other than the DILG Secretary , Hon. Jesse M. Robredo. 

Professor O. Raneses, UP-ISSI Director will also lead the invited presenters . Ms. Cecilia R. Pascual and Ms. Crispina B. Almonte both of UP ISSI Project Team and UNEP Team headed by the university president, Atty. Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda were also invited to give their piece.  

Asked why UNEP chose to involve itself in non-academic endeavors, Moraleda said that the university sees the seminar as an opportunity for their students to know that as part of their social responsibility, they should also be an active instrument in creating venues that will enhance our local official’s performance. 

“Here at UNEP, we see to it that our students also learn also the value of responsible leadership so that when they go out of the classroom, they will also be bringing the wisdom, not just the things they have read from their books and notes, “ Moraleda said in an interview. 

Moraleda also cited that UNEP, being dubbed as the Home of Global achievers, strongly supports endeavors like this as part of their commitment to promote good governance among their local leaders.

Target participants are municipal and city mayors, DILG provincial directors, municipal government operations officers, barangay officials, provincial, municipal and city administrators, department heads, planning officers and development coordinators.