Region 8 or Eastern Visayas is usually frequented by typhoons as well as disasters that are brought about by its location in the Ring of Fire. The region is also largely faced with insurgency issues especially in the Samar Island provinces. Relative to this, it can be inferred that the high poverty incidence in the region can be attributed to these conditions. Much less, it is projected that the poverty rate is seen to rise given the COVID-19 pandemic. The Local Government Units will play a vital role in responding to this situation. This calls for cooperation and convergence of efforts of multi-stakeholders in bringing the needed development for the Region.
This reality became the impetus of the Vision of the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) 8 as the primary institution in knowledge management a forerunner in carrying out multi-stakeholdership and convergence towards peaceful, progressive and resilient local governments. Along this Vision we anchor our efforts in influencing network for knowledge management, developing systems and processes for collaboration and partnerships, adopting a system approach for institutional support, investing on information technology and data honking for good practices.
I. LGRRC 8 Local Governance Knowledge Management Framework and Key
The over-arching framework of LGRRC Region VIII is Knowledge Management and as such, is guided by the following principles in its operations:
• Knowledge Management (KM);
• Multi-stakeholder Participation; and
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT. Knowledge Management (KM) is the acquisition, storage, retrieval, creation, sharing, use, application, and review of a group or organization's explicit and tacit knowledge in a systematic manner to achieve organizational goals. Ultimately it is about getting the right knowledge to the right people at the right time. But knowledge management is not just for information in its various physical forms, but also of tacit knowledge which is intangible and resides as intellectual capital of individual experts and practitioners. Hence, KM is also about connecting those who know with those who need to know.
MULTI-STAKEHOLDERSHIP. In order for Local Governance Knowledge Management (LG KM) to reflect and respond to the true knowledge needs and processes of the LG sector, LG KM needs to involve the key players and stakeholders in participatory local governance. The essence of multistakeholdership is ensuring that these stakeholders collectively articulate policies in building a culture and system to encourage better management and sharing of LG knowledge toward excellence in LG. As such, multiple stakeholders are part of and have “co-ownership” of the KM system or knowledge community.
Multi-stakeholdership also represents a paradigm shift in DILG's role in local governance—from supervision and control to that of catalyst and facilitator in promoting excellence in local governance. In pursuit of its evolving role toward intra- and inter-sector collaboration for LG KM, for instance, the DILG could take the lead in establishing these multi-stakeholder mechanisms in overseeing the KM programs in the sector such as the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC).
These stakeholders include officials, technical personnel, experts and practitioners of national government agencies, LGUs, NGOs/CSOs, donor organizations, service providers, academic institutions, national, local, and alternative media, think tanks, and research institutions.
CONVERGENCE. By nature, LG KM is a big concept. The value proposition is an ideal that all stakeholders agree with and are prepared to support and commit its resources to. As such, the concept of LG KM is a convergence mechanism and rallying point for many stakeholders to partner together.
PEACE AND RESILIENCE. The determination of LGRRC 8 Is grounded on its goal that there will be digital transformation of equipments, processes, a wholistic approach to implementation of DILG PPAs, a more relevant capdev & network and partnership building, build core competencies of DI LG staff and officers knowledge services and products for excellence in local governance and a functional inter-agency committees for peace and resiliency, This roadmap that the LGRRC 8 is embracing is the driving force of the need for institutionalizing the Peace and Resilience Knowledge Management Hub for Eastern Visayas. On an operational level, LG KM can be a convergence mechanism for various LG capacity building initiatives from various levels, institutions, and sectors of society.
II. VISION, MISSION, GOALS AND PLAN
“LGRRC 8 is a primary institution in knowledge management, a forerunner in carrying out multi-stakeholdership and convergence towards peaceful, progressive and resilient local governments.”
To uphold integrity and social responsibility through collective efforts in providing capacity development, calibrated processes and standardized performance, data banking of good practices, tools and solutions that promote teamwork/collaboration for excellence in local governance.
KM VALUE PROPOSITION:
“We help build LGU capabilities and steer them towards excellence in local governance.”
· INTEGRITY AND HONESTY
· RESULTS ORIENTED
1. Improving LGU performance by providing the necessary capacity development interventions and Building network and Partnership for Good Governance;
2. Developing the core competencies of DILG officers who will be the frontline service providers to our clients in implementing the LGRRC policies and programs;
3. Creating services and products that could bring excellence in local governance; highlighting peace and resilience.
4. Adopting a digital transformation in office equipment and processes;
5. Adopting a holistic approach in the implementation of DILG PPAs;
6. Develop the Peace and Resilience Center to be a learning hub for coherence, collaboration, and interdependence among various stakeholders towards a peaceful, progressive, and resilient Eastern Visayas;
7. Sharing or converging of knowledge and actions on peace and resiliency efforts of various stakeholders of the region will thrive
8. Ensuring functional inter-agency committees for Peace and Resilience; and
9. Enhancement and strengthening of the LGUs’ capacity to address peace and climate change challenges.