Lamitan City Citizens’ Convention: The social contract of the LGU and the citizens PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 March 2015 13:59

The government of Lamitan City through the Office of Mayor Rose U. Furigay conducted on February 27, 2015, a Citizens Convention at Datu Dizal Cultural Center, Lamitan City. The activity is in line with the City’s Governance Week dubbed as “Where the City Government and the Citizens Meet; Theme: “Engaging Citizens in Governance and Co-responsibility for an Abante 2015.”

The convention aimed to develop a social contract between the LGU and the citizens in improving the condition of the city. Historic as it may be, the convention was facilitated by ABA Trainings headed by Engr. Aldrin Bucoy-Abdurahim.

The design of the convention was a multi-sectoral approach. Several representatives from various offices of national line agencies, Association of Barangay Chairmen, local government units, non-government organizations and peoples organizations, private sector, youth and religious sector.

During the convention, with the goal of formulating the provisions of the social contract to be entered into by the citizens and the local government units, the facilitator conducted a discussion which focused on understanding the purpose and intention of the participants attending the convention and moved further with a deeper understanding of the conditions of Lamitan City across many themes to include Education, Peace and Security, Governance, Environmental Protection and Social Welfare.

Child Fund Philippines representative disclosed that “my coming to the convention seeks to understand how to establish linkages and partnership with LGU”. Meanwhile, Representatives of ROSE, a women organization shared that “we are here because we want to know what can we give or contribute and what the government can give us for us to be productive citizens”.

A question of what are their hopes for Lamitan within the next two years was shared. One Muslim religious leader disclosed that “we don’t rely on others to help us. We need to help ourselves”. As the Muslim group sees better developments in Lamitan, they hope that people will strengthen and unite still for the best of Lamitan City.

Most of them desire for complete peace in Lamitan City and the entire Basilan Province. Everyone sees that the best way to resolve the many conflicts is for unity to happen. Other hopes include the expansion of economic opportunities to the citizens and improve the livelihoods of the people, reduced or total elimination of violence to include rampant drugs, the implementation of functional barangay child protection council and expansion of the PAMANA projects.

Everyone entered into a commitment setting to be of greater help to the family, barangay and community and city. The participants also shared some prayers to the City Mayor and for the youth as the hope of the generation.

Mr. Joey A. Leonardo, Executive Assistant to the City Mayor shared the message of City Mayor, Hon. Rose U. Furigay to the participants. The LGU will be more than willing to fulfill the provisions of the soon-to be developed social contract between the citizens and the LGU. — Aldrin Bucoy-Abdurahim/ Randal Jay Ramos