Governance at Different Levels

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Governance at Different Levels


“Governance” is an often-used term these days. Outside of the limited sense in which many people use it today, particularly when they confuse it with government at the highest level, e.g., the level of the presidency, there is little common appreciation for the different levels to which it should apply.In the political realm, for instance, in addition to the national government, there is the big segment of LGUs or local government units that we need to give a lot of importance to, given the significant devolution of powers to the local level. Towns, cities, and provinces make up the LGU segment: But within each of these, we have the barangays that are in fact the basic political units of our country.Governance at the level of LGUs and also at the level of barangays is critical to our overall progress and the promotion of the common good of all our people. We should pay more attention to how our LGUs as well as their component barangays are governed.In the realm of civil society, there are many levels, where governance is critical to the overall strength of our society. The family has pride of place; after all, it is the basic social unit in any community. In addition, there are associations, which need to blossom with a view towards formalizing and institutionalizing the wide variety of social networks that we form in our social interaction with each other. Of special interest among these associations are the schools (primary, secondary, and tertiary), which play a very important role as institutions that effectively assist parents, who have the primary duty of educating, informing, and forming their children and the youth of our land. Given the number and variety of these associations, we find it necessary, especially during crucial and important occasions but not limited to crisis situations, to organize multi-sectoral coalitions. …

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