DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines (PNA) — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo last Monday asked the city government of Dumaguete to consistently monitor the performance of local DILG personnel as this action, he said, will ensure the way services are delivered to the people.
During his visit to this city, Robredo called on Negros Oriental Governor Agustin Perdices who, the DILG Secretary said is a good friend of his since he was still the mayor of Naga City. Robredo was accompanied by Vice-Governor Roel Degamo and Dumaguete City Manuel Sagarbarria in his visit to Perdices who is recuperating from a cataract operation.
Robredo asked Perdices on how the latter finds the performance of agencies under the DILG. He said it is important for local officials to know how government agencies are dispensing with their duties “because this always affect the delivery of services to the people.”
He did emphasize, however, that so far, he was “glad” that all government agencies under the DILG have been showing “positive performance.”
Robredo also took opportunity in meeting with representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) in the province.
In a short gathering, NGO representatives presented their ideas on how the local government unit (LGU)-NGO partnership should be implemented in terms of programs and projects.
Analou Suan, Provincial Coordinator of the Great Physician Rehabilitation Center for children with special needs here, presented her idea of possibly putting up a learning center in every barangay for special children with special needs.
She said that many of the so-called special children in the province fail to avail of programs because of the lack of financial resources. In response, Robredo said he could commit the provision of cash assistance for indigent parents with special children.
He recommended for Suan to write a letter to the Department of Education, even as he promised to try and help facilitate her request. He said the concern for a learning center for special children will also require teachers that will have to undergo special training.
He said all programs of government that pertain to education must be coordinated with the Department of Education. He added parents should also be trained on how to handle and teach their children the use of special skills.
Negros Oriental has established two learning centers for children with special needs located in Dauin and Valencia towns.