World Bank’s Philippines Systematic Country Diagnostic Update

Capturing Collaboration: Insights from the Stakeholders’ Consultation for the World Bank’s Philippines Systematic Country Diagnostic Update

March 3, 2024

Galing Pook Foundation, the World Bank, and De La Salle Institute of Governance co-organized a pivotal stakeholders’ consultation. Bringing together representatives from local government units (LGUs), academia, and civil society organizations (CSOs), the event aimed to delve into the insights of the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) Report. Ralph van Doorn, World Bank Senior Economist in the Philippines, presented the report, offering a comprehensive analysis of the country’s socio-economic landscape.

Galing Pook Trustee, Dr. Ador Torneo took the floor to address the critical role of data-driven governance in aligning the priorities of both national and local governments. His insights emphasized the importance of evidence-based decision-making in fostering effective governance strategies.

Facilitating the discussion, Executive Director Georgina Hernandez-Yang emphasized the necessity of strengthening collaboration to realize the goals of devolution. She underscored the importance of expanding spaces for active citizenship in governance processes, highlighting the potential for meaningful engagement from diverse stakeholders.

A highlight of the consultation was the sharing of local governance innovations by Galing Pook Awardees. Representing Barangay Graceville in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; Barangay Taloot in Tanay, Rizal; and Alabat in Quezon, these exemplary communities showcased initiatives aligned with thematic priorities on inclusive growth and jobs, human capital development, and building resilience.

The event served as a platform for constructive dialogue and knowledge-sharing among stakeholders, emphasizing the collective effort required to address complex challenges and drive sustainable development at both local and national levels.

Source: Galing Pook Foundation