“No one gets left behind”: DILG-10’s Virtual Dagyaw tackles multi-sectoral issues amid COVID-19 threat

December 4, 2020

Amidst the nationwide outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 and its partner agencies harnessed the power of new technologies to bring the government closer to its people through the four-part webinar series dubbed as Dagyaw.

DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that this year’s run of Dagyaw Town Hall Meetings made use of virtual platforms to reach the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Said event tackled issues affecting the agriculture and fishery, health, business and economy, and youth sectors.

“Through Dagyaw, no one gets left behind,” Agabe said.

“The public needs to know that despite the national health emergency we are currently facing, the government does not stop providing services to all sectors of our society. On the other hand, the government, through this platform is apprised of the current issues faced by all sectors so it could come up with the relevant and necessary policies and interventions,” Agabe added.

Dagyaw, a Hiligaynon term for Bayanihan, aims to provide an open, neutral, and protected space for the people to dialogue with the government on key issues and plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

So far, four episodes were live streamed on DILG X’s Facebook page and had reached 30,715 people, generated 4,072 engagements, 362 shares and 264 comments.

The four-part webinar series ran every Friday from October 16 to November 6, 2020. At the national level, the Participatory Governance Cluster of the Cabinet, through the DILG, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), and Department of Budget ad Management (DBM) served as lead convener.

At the regional level, the regional offices of the DILG, Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and the DBM, were the lead conveners.

For each episode, lead conveners from the government are the DILG-10, Department of Budget and Management (DBM)-10, and PCOO through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-10.

Dagyaw 2020 was made possible through the support of Philippine Open Government Partnership, Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-10, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 and local non-government agencies in the region.