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Momostenango Municipality gets training to improve its management
- Councillors and officials from the directorates or units were trained by SEGEPLAN
August 11, 2020. In order to strengthen the management capacities of councillors and officials of the Municipality of Momostenango in Guatemala, the pilot site of the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN), implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and financed by the European Union, a workshop on the Municipal Ranking was held on August 6, in coordination with the Presidential Secretariat for Planning and Programming (SEGEPLAN, its Spanish acronym).
The Municipal Ranking is an important tool of the Policy of Strengthening Municipalities, which measures the degree of compliance with legislation, regulations and coordination of public policies concerning municipal management, by measuring 31 indicators classified into six indexes: citizen participation, information to citizens, public services, administrative, financial and strategic management.
This ranking has been measured in the years 2013, 2016 and 2018 and it is a process led by SEGEPLAN, with an important participation of multiple actors such as the Secretariat of Executive Coordination of the Presidency (SCEP, its Spanish acronym), the National Institute of Statistics (INE, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Public Finance (MINFIN, its Spanish acronym) and the Institute of Municipal Development (INFOM, its Spanish acronym); it also has the strategic support of the National Association of Municipalities (ANAM, its Spanish acronym).
The specialist in territorial planning of SEGEPLAN, Jocabed Rodriguez, commented that in December 2019 the result of the operation and compliance of the municipalities was presented, at which time the Municipality of Momostenango was placed in position 307 out of 340, in a medium low execution category, after being in position 199 in 2016.
In view of this situation, Rodriguez pointed out that it was necessary for Momostenango authorities to optimize municipal resources and improve the effectiveness of their performance, especially in the provision of public services for the benefit of the population.
Julio Lopez, CATIE's representative in Guatemala, said that by providing training and learning about the main conceptual and methodological elements of the Municipal Ranking, the authorities and technical staff of the Municipality of Momostenango will now be able to make more informed decisions to optimize strategic and operational management processes, as well as the results of the design, implementation and monitoring of local public interventions.
On his part, Eufracio Zarat, representative of the municipal council, thanked the support of the PiNN project for the training provided, which will be very useful to improve the index of public services of the Municipality of Momostenango, and thus respond to the needs of the population.