Limitless Lab, Sipalay City partner for Bayanivation
MANILA, Philippines – The City of Sipalay in the province of Negros Occidental signed an agreement with Limitless Lab on October 19 for Bayanivation – Limitless Lab’s flagship initiative on local governance innovation.
The agreement enables a public-private partnership between Sipalay City and Limitless Lab to co-design and co-implement an innovation program tailored for localities. The initiative will use the design thinking framework to train and encourage public officials to engage with citizens in solving community problems.
Sipalay City is Limitless Lab’s first partner for Bayanivation in the Visayas region. Aside from Sipalay City, Limitless Lab will also implement Bayanivation’s four major components in other cities in Luzon and Mindanao.
These four major components are Bayanivation Workshop (one-day innovation workshop for LGU public servants), Bayanivation Challenge (two-day policy design competition), Bayanivation Toolkit (innovation tools for LGUs), and Bayan App (smart city app).
Photo shows (from left) Limitless Lab Frontend Developer Froilan Boado, Sipalay City Community Affairs Officer Kath Maguad, Sipalay City Mayor Maria Gina Lizares, Limitless Lab Founder and CEO Joie Cruz, Bayanivation Communications Officer Eunice Jean Patron, and Limitless Lab Visual Communication Designer Katrina Ang
According to Sipalay City Mayor Maria Gina M. Lizares, she looks forward to the project and how it can help Sipalay City become a more forward-thinking community. She said the city government is excited to collaborate with citizens in coming up with never before seen solutions for the challenges that they have at Sipalay.
Limitless Lab Founder and CEO Joie Cruz said it is imperative for local government units to empathize and work with their constituents for continuous growth and progress.
“The government has a lot of room for innovation to address technological gaps, inefficient processes, and traditional mindsets. Design thinking, which is already applied in private sectors, can be used to innovate policies to deliver quality public service. Our goal at Bayanivation is to help localize these innovation methodologies” she added.
According to Cruz, she was inspired to start Bayanivation because of her previous experience in the public sector where she worked with a lot of local government units for the digitalPH program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
Bayanivation is made possible with the support of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) of the US State Department.
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