Moderator, DAY 1
Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero,
Undersecretary for Local Government, Department of the Interior and Local Government
Austere A. Panadero is the Undersecretary for Local Government of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). A career official, Undersecretary Panadero oversees the local governance portfolio of the Department, overseeing policy and program development and implementation to raise the capacities of local government units for accountable, transparent, and results based local governance. Under the auspices of the Undersecretary is localizing national government priorities through local government supervision, monitoring and enforcement, particularly along the areas of poverty reduction, economic development, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and environmental management. The Undersecretary also provides overall leadership of the Department’s capacity-building program for local government units. An advocate for bringing about meaningful change in local communities, Usec. Panadero works closely with partners, particularly civil society, the private sector, the academe, and the international development community to foster opportunities and partnerships for local transformations through improved local governance and development.