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:
February 10 - 21

(Monday, 10 working days)

Week 3-4:
February 24 – March 6

(Monday, 10 working days)

Week 5-6:
March 9 - 20

(Monday, 10 working days)

Week 7-8:
March 23 – April 3

Week 9-10:
March 6 – April 17

Week 11-12:
April 20 – April 30

Module 1: Basics of Strategic Management

Lesson 1: Analyze

Lesson 2: Strategy and Goal Setting

Lesson 3: Implementation of Plans

Learning Reflection

Module 2: Local Economic Development

Lesson 1: Innovate

Lesson 2: Collaborate

Lesson 3: Act

Learning Reflection

Module 3: Education Governance

Lesson 1: LGUs and Public Education

Lesson 2: Technical Education

Lesson 3: Vocational Education

Learning Reflection

Module 4: Local Climate Change Action Plan

Lesson 1: Climate Adaption and Mitigation

Lesson 2: Stakeholder Engagement and Climate Assessment

Lesson 3: Prioritizing, Budgeting and Monitoring

Learning Reflection

NEO Electives

Urban Governance

Health Governance

Regulatory Simplification for Local Development

Indigenous People's Governance

NEO Electives

Financing Local Development

Building a Resilient Local Economy

Public-Private Partnership in Local Government