Limitless Lab co-designs DILG’s Resilient LGU platform
MANILA, Philippines — Last June 20, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched Resilient LGUs PH, an all-in-one dashboard that aims to foster good governance and community resilience by showcasing impactful and replicable projects implemented by local government units (LGUs).
The platform was designed and developed by Limitless Lab, a social innovation agency specializing in human-centered design and co-design methodologies.
Supported by The Asia Foundation (TAF), Resilient LGUs PH was formerly called LGUvsCOVID PH, a website dedicated to sharing updates, innovations, and best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Limitless Lab is very fortunate to be working as co-design and innovation partner of DILG and TAF since April 2020. LGU vs COVID PH saw tremendous success over the years. It has become a go-to resource on COVID-19 related information not only for LGUs, but also for citizens especially when it comes to vaccination questions and mental health care during COVID. We are honored to be once again part of the design and development of Resilient LGUs PH.” said Joie Cruz, Founder and CEO of Limitless Lab.
Resilient LGUs PH was launched in conjunction with DILG, TAF, Australian Aid, and Galing Pook’s LGU Fellowship Program on Social Cohesion and Resilience. The program aims to support upward linkages of efforts from municipal and city, provincial, regional, and national levels. It also hopes to educate mayors on the concept of adaptive leadership to provide a systems-wide perspective in mobilizing stakeholders and leading efforts to build cohesive and resilient communities in areas affected by violence and conflict.
The project collaborators emphasized that there is still much work for Filipinos to recover fully in this post-pandemic, and LGUs play a pivotal role in paving the way toward resilient and inclusive communities.
"I commend our LCEs and LGU representatives here for their dedication to working in a participatory and consultative way and bringing local solutions to conflict. Your enthusiasm to bring your ideas while keeping an open mind to learn from others provided a safe space for a short yet rich exchange and shared learning in the past couple of weeks," DILG Assistant Secretary for International Relations (Asec.) Lilian M. de Leon said as she lauded the local chief executives' (LCE) efforts during the launch.
Resilient LGUs PH showcases innovative solutions of LGUs all over the Philippines and provides guidelines on how other LGUs can replicate and personalize this initiative for their community. The projects showcased on the site align with the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) principles.
The SGLG is a progressive assessment system implemented by the DILG that recognizes exceptional local government performance across various areas. It emphasizes integrity and good governance practices, institutionalizing reforms in local governance to advance meaningful local autonomy and development.
Additionally, users can access updated DILG issuances, funding prospects, policy templates, tools, and other learning sources and programs, such as the LGU Fellowship Program on Social Cohesion and Resilience.
"(Through Resilient LGU), [w]e can hold together and create more peaceful and stable communities that are more cohesive. One of the most beautiful things in this journey has been the fact that every one of these LGUs has different solutions," Sam Chittick, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation, said.
Through the website, DILG, along with TAF and Limitless Lab, hope to contribute to the creation of a stronger and better Philippines, one LGU at a time. Visit Resilient LGUs PH at resilientlgus.ph.