Good Governance Summit on Araw ng Kagitingan

Posted on 2017/06/06

Participants and volunteers aboard the river taxi cruising the Cagayan de Oro River being briefed by Safer River Foundation Chair Dr. Rosalina S. Huerbana

The United States Alumni for Institutional Reform (US-AIR II) Program, now on the second grant, had its Summit on Good Governance and Political Transparency last April 9, 2017 at Chali Beach Resort, Cagayan de Oro, with the theme, “Institutionalizing Reforms to Promote Political Transparency and Good Governance.”

This one day event, the participants of the two-day seminar workshop on the same topic held last March 4-5, 2016 composed of alumni from various US Department of State-sponsored programs, civil society leaders, advocates and members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines gathered for the presentation of projects by the grantees, as well as presentation of the participants’ local initiatives.

It is not coincidental that on this Day of Valor, the event started with celebrating women’s valor through a mini-forum on “Making Change Work for Women” with the women-leaders of Isla de Oro led by Ms. Marilou OLila. Three women-judges Eldred D. Cole, a USG alumna, the program grantee (and author) Jerlie Luis-Requerme and a participant Alnaiza T. Hassiman shared their struggles and victories in a male-dominated workplace.

As the usual environmental outreach for all US-AIR activities, the tree-growing activity followed. The participants planted 60 seedlings of lambago trees which act as natural barriers for erosion along the riverbanks and help control flooding.
At the summit proper, Mr. Malcolm C. Flores from the US Embassy Philippines opened the program. The following grantees presented their projects:

1. Mr. John K. Badawi - Academy for Young Leaders: Empowering the Youth of Maguindanao (presented by Mr. Juhary Mustapha).
2. Ms. Merlyn Bison-Pendon of the Kahiusahan sa mga Kahugpungan sa Gagmay’ng Mag-uuma alang sa Malahutayong Kalambuan or HINIUSA, Inc. - Strengthening of People’s Organizations through Active Participation in Local Governance.
3. Mr. Saddam L. Pacio- Basilan Young Leaders Porgram- PEACE EDUCATION
4. Ms. Jimae Faith Magnaye -The Outstanding Students of the Philippines –Alumni Community (TOSP-AC) / Committed and Excellent Leaders in Region X (XCEL)- Youth Excellent in Service (YES): Youth Hours 2017
5. Judge Marlon Moneva of Philippine Trial Judges League Inc. (PTJLI) from Plaridel, Misamis Occidental-The Outstanding Lupon (TOL) 2016 Awards

Some local initiatives were likewise presented by USG Alumni. Mr. Ernesto B. Neri, a co-founder of the Oro Youth Development Council and Mr. Paul Omar Gangoso on “Bantay Red Plate” initiative.
Finally, before the program ended, participants were made to plan for their continuing commitment for the promotion of political transparency and good governance.


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