The LGA is the premier training and development institution for capacity building towards innovative and effective local governance. 


As we advance toward our vision, we the LGA Family reiterate our commitment to all our stakeholders, namely: 

  • The Local Officials - To ensure availability of appropriate education and training services. 
  • The Functionaries - To continuously ensure the availability of appropriate training and development services directed to specific needs. 
  • The DILG Personnel - To continuously upgrade the capability of the DILG personnel towards excellence in the performance of their functions and responsibilities. 
  • The Partners - To strengthen networking and collaborative efforts to deliver our commitment to our clients. 
  • The LGA Personnel - To continuously upgrade and promote the capability of the Academy as a training development institution.


The Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Program is a continuing program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) implemented through the Local Government Academy (LGA) the training arm of the DILG. The NEO program was initially offered in 2007 in line with the Department’s mandate of capacitating local government units by helping the Newly Elected Officials effectively discharge their duties and responsibilities and be able to define their development roadmap.

The 2016 NEO Program is the Department’s response to new challenges of making the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) become development and economic managers who are able to steer their respective Local Government Unit (LGU) towards inclusive growth and development. Being the prime movers of national development once they assumed office and the responsibilities that goes with it, includes various services on health, education, housing, water supply, policing, taxation and matters relative to enhancing political participation, increased local autonomy and empowerment as provided for in the 1991 Local Government Code.

Week 1-2:

(Monday, 10 working days)

Week 3-4:

(Monday, 10 working days)

Week 5-6:

(Monday, 10 working days)

Week 7-8:

Week 9-10:

Module 1: Development Agenda  of the New Administration

Lesson 1: The National Government’s Socioeconomic Agenda

Lesson 2: Using the National Agenda to Guide Local Development

Lesson 3: Building Support for Development

Learning Reflection

Module 2: Decentralization and Governance

Lesson 1: Decentralization

Lesson 2: Better Services, Sound Finances

Lesson 3: Development Agenda

Learning Reflection

Module 3: Basics of 
Strategic Management

Lesson 1: Analyze (Environmental Scanning)

Lesson 2: Strategy and Goal Setting

Lesson 3: Implementation of Plans

Learning Reflection

Local Economic

Regulatory Simplification for Local Development

Health Governance

Education Governance

Urban Governance: City Development Strategy

Environment Management

Indigenous People's Governance

Financing Local Development