DILG Region 5 conducted the BARANGAY GOOD GOVERNANCE SUMMIT on January 23, 2019 at the Albay Astrodome, Albay District, Legazpi City. DILG Region 5 Officers headed by its new Regional Director, Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III and Asst. Regional Director Atty. Arnaldo E. Escober, CESO V along with the Provincial Directors, Cluster Heads and Program Managers, City and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers and Division Chiefs were the frontrunners of the activity. It was well-attended by two thousand four hundred thirty eight (2438) Punong Barangays from the 6 provinces, 7 cities and 107 municipalities of Bicol Region.

The activity aimed to promote awareness about the national government’s efforts concerning illegal drugs, criminality, violent extremism and federalism. It was an also an opportunity to discuss national and local issues affecting barangay governance.

Resource persons came all the way from DILG Central Office headed by the Keynote Speaker Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III. They were NBOO Director Karl Cesar Rimando, Mary Jane Mendizabal (representative of ASEC Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri), Joan Hope Tolibas (representative of ASEC Alexander L. Macario), Mr. Erwin Ronan Pares (representative of ASEC Roosque Calacat). Bicolano speakers include DILG Legal Officer Atty. Zalman D. Uddin, PSupt Frande Echaluce (representative of PCSupt Arnel B. Escobar) and USEC Marvel C. Clavecilla from the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs.

Registration of participants opened at 7:30 in the morning. The program started at 10:00 AM. Provincial Administrator Engr. Vida Prollamante representing Gov. Al Francis Bichara of the Provincial Government of Albay formally welcomed the participants. Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal also gave his inspirational message to the PBs. RD Anthony Nuyda presented the objectives of the event. He also presented the overview of the day’s activities. He introduced the keynote speaker of the summit.

Eight (8) major topics were discussed by the invited resource speakers. The one-day activity was full yet the participants stayed on until the closing program.