The third of five KCon conferences was held on March 17, 2022, where highlights of the 2022 KM Audit Result on the Organizational Capacity Assessment and the 2021 Local Government Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) Assessment Result for DILG-NCR were presented.

Local Government Capacity Development Division (LGCDD) Chief Helen A. Verzosa opened the conference by giving an overview of the day’s activity and emphasizing the importance of these audits as “they measure how well we at the DILG-NCR perform our daily tasks, produce deliverables and manage our PPAs.” The LGCDD Chief also sees passing these audits as an affirmation of the passion, hard work, and dedication that DILG-NCR employees put into their work. She encouraged everyone to aspire for even higher levels of achievement.

Following the LGCDD Chief’s remarks, LGOO V Dennis R. de Paz, Lead of the Civic Innovation Facility, presented the Knowledge Management (KM) Capacity Assessment results. The assessment, conducted in January 2022, collected responses from the DILG-NCR employees. They assessed the organization’s seven elements: KM Leadership, Organizational Processes, People, Technology, Knowledge Processes, Learning Innovation, and KM Outcomes.

Based on the 2022 KM Audit findings, the three highest scores were garnered in the areas of technology, KM outcome, and learning innovations. However, the audit found room for improvement in the areas of people, knowledge processes, and KM leadership.

Overall, DILG-NCR garnered an average score of 179 (out of a possible 210) which placed it in the upper tier of the KM Maturity level scale.

The LGRRC Assessment, on the other hand, was conducted by the Local Government Academy. This assessment aims to evaluate the regional LGRRCs/CALG in terms of Multi-stakeholdership/Partnership Interaction, Direction, Vision and Mission, Incentives/ Rewards System, Structure, Competency, Management Systems, Enabling Policies, Knowledge and Learning, Leadership, Relevance, and Sustainability. LGOO VI Luigi D.C. Pilarta, CALG Coordinator, presented the results and findings of the assessment pertinent to the foregoing categories, which were generally positive.

DILG-NCR ranked fifth among regional LGRRCs, scoring well in the areas of Structure (the institutionalization of the Civic Innovation Facility to streamline DILG processes) and Management Systems.

The last topic discussed during the activity was DILG SPARKS: Competitive Ideation for Knowledge Management and Innovation. The presentation was led by LGOO V Kelvin John P. Gaen, Lead of the Public Education on Good Governance, Development, and Citizenship of CALG.

The objective of SPARKS is to channel ideas into innovation and promote co-creation among the operating units of DILG-NCR to seek solutions to identified problems. SPARKS prescribes a procedural framework for shepherding ideas from concept to execution and defines the criteria by which ideas are selected.

A panel of judges makes the final decision as to which ideas are pushed forward to possible implementation. The panel is composed of four operating Divisions of DILG-NCR (ORD, LGCDD, LGMED and FAD).

The next KCon activity is an in-person event to be held at Hive Hotel in Quezon City on March 18, 2022.