CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Provincial Board members completed over the weekend a crash course on Public Administration through the help of the Center for Local and Regional Governance (CLRG) of the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) of the University of the Philippines.

First district Board Member Tarcicio Halili said that the seminar cum crash course was facilitated through the initiative of Gov. Lilia Pineda with the hope of increasing the skills of board members in local government legislation. The event was held at the Greenbelt Elan Hotel attended by most of the province’s board members.

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“The move is very inspiring and has given us new perspective on ways of legislation. We are very thankful for the help of the Governor,” Halili said. He added that The CLRG has instructed them on how to create legislations that could be cascaded to the barangay level and asses the benefits of long term legislations for socio-development.

“The CLRG has been very keen on the concept that local governance should be anchored on the needs of the people and the dynamism of the times,” Halili said, pointing out that CLRG’s long history of study on the matter has made it a competent institution on matters of public governance.

The CLRG has been at the forefront of research, consulting services and facilitated learning on local autonomy and devolution in the country since 1965. Emerging from the Local Government Center (LGC) created through Republic Act 4223, CLRG has expanded its scope to include regional governance and urban and metropolitan management. It collaborates with local and international institutions in promoting decentralization and publishing materials for the benefit of local government and regional units.

Halili assured that his fellow board members will practice what they have learned in the coming weeks as they make ordinances and deliberate on issues and concerns of the province.