RAFI gathers NGOs and LGUs for ‘DevTalks’

Last August 22 and 23, the Cebu Provincial Government and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) led a two-day social development forum dubbed ‘DevTalks’ to promote inclusive growth in Cebu.

RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica Chua described the forum as a “convergence of development and empowered voices”. Discussions included relevant information, trends, and innovation in community development.

The event was also a venue for sharing best practices among local government units (LGUs) and civil society.

Guest speaker Vice President Leni Robredo spoke of how her husband, the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and once mayor of Naga City, tapped citizens’ support in helping make their local government work for them.

Former finance secretary Jesus Estanislao, currently with Institute for Solidarity in Asia, talked about the performance-based governance system, at how the municipal government and the provincial government play important roles in improving basic services.

RAFI also shared its scorecards for the Our Cebu Program to help the provincial government gauge LGU performance towards the goal of making Cebu an ideal place to live, visit, and do business.

Organized in collaboration with the Central Visayas Network of NGOs (CenVisNet), ‘DevTalks’ featured top performing Cebu LGUs in the Our Cebu Program, RAFI Triennial Awards honorees, and other members of CenVisNet.