Center for Local Governance Studies


In line with the project, “Strengthening the Decentralized Capability-Building Efforts Towards Sustained Local Development” (SDCB-SLD) of the United Nations Development Program-Development Academy of the Philippines (UNDP-DAP), the Province of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) entered into a tripartite agreement to provide demand-driven training, education and development interventions to local government units (LGUs) in Lanao del Norte. This agreement was signed in September 1977.

In this agreement, MSU-IIT was designated as the anchor local training institution, the Center for Local Governance Studies (CLGS) was established to strengthen the managerial and technical competencies of the local government officials and their functionaries in order to respond to the demands and challenges of their increased powers, resources, and responsibilities under the Local Government Code of 1991.


To provide demand-driven training and development interventions to LGUs and assists national government agencies (NGAs) in implementing their programs at the local level.

General Objectives

To strengthen the capacities of the MSU-IIT local government units (LGU) clients by providing demand driven interventions towards a more effective governance and empowered communities.

Key Service Areas

In pursuing its mission, the Center provides the following courses and services:

Training Services

  • Barangay justice
  • Human rights education
  • International humanitarian law education (law of armed conflict)
  • Voters literacy program
  • Gender sensitivity
  • Population education and family planning
  • Project development
  • Local legislation
  • Consensus building and conflict management
  • Coastal resource management
  • Upland resource management
  • Solid waste management
  • Cooperative education and development
  • Computer applications
  • Human resource management
  • Functional literacy and survival English
  • Disaster management and
  • Youth leadership development.

Technical Services

  • Strategic planning
  • Preparation of project proposals and feasibility studies
  • Management systems installation
  • Information technology systems installation and
  • Other technical services needed by LGUs.

Research Services

  • Community profiling
  • Opinion and preference survey
  • Market development study
  • Feasibility studies
  • Project monitoring and evaluation
  • Needs assessment study and
  • Other researches in support to capability building of LGUs.

Septrin John A. Calamba
Coordinator, Center for Local Governance Studies
Mobile Number: 09177106820
Email Address:
[email protected]

Contact Us

Telephone No.: (063) 221-4071 local 4232
Email Address: [email protected]

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