The City Government of Cagayan de Oro yesterday entered into a multi-party agreement with the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Asian Business Cooperative Academy (ABCA) and the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) for the implementation of a training program that aims to enhance the capabilities of the city’s newly elected and appointed barangay officials.

City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano, MUST president Ricardo E. Rotoras, DILG-X regional director Loreto T. Bhagwani, CDA regional director Orlando R. Ravanera, ABCA administrator Soc Anthony M. Del Rosario, MUST-IPAG project manager Montano F. Salvador and Liga ng mga Barangay President Dometilo C. Acenas Jr. formalized the signing of the agreement during Monday’s flagraising ceremony at City Hall.Under the training program, a Diploma in Local Governance will be awarded to barangay officials who successfully completed the four (4) modules of the Executive Course on Local Governance and complied with all the requirements.“This (training program) is a welcome development as we try to equip our barangay officials with the necessary skills and abilities to better serve our people,” Mayor Emano said in his message.Participants who opted not to complete all the modules shall be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the Module actually completed which will earn credit recognizable by the Civil Service Commission.Each module costs P4,500 per participant or a total of P18,000. At least 50% of the total cost or P9,000 per participant shall be paid in advance before the start of the training.Barangay officials attending the training course shall be authorized by the local chief executive, whose registration fee is chargeable to any available local funds allowed by law.MUST will basically handle the design and conduct of the training course suitable to the participants, while ABCA provides the administrative and financial management support and the CDA in nurturing the participant’s knowledge as cooperative advocates. (City Information Office)

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