The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), as mandated by RA 10121 (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010), is the lead agency for Disaster Preparedness. In view of its mandate, the DILG through the Local Government Academy (LGA), institutionalized the Operation L!STO program in 2015. It aims to prepare communities, households, and enhance internal capacities of both the DILG and the LGU.
Operation L!STO has three main components namely: L!STONG Pamahalaang Lokal, L!STONG Pamayanan, and L!STONG Pamilyang Pilipino. Various national and local players contribute to the cascading and implementation of these components to attain the national goal of zero casualty.
Given the changes in policies and other rules coming from the concerned agencies affecting the L!STO Program, the LGA developed the Enhanced L!STO Manual this 2018. As such, DILG Region VI will be conducting the Regional Launching of the Enhanced Operation Listo Manuals on March 20, 2019 at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.  The activity will start at 9 o’clock in the morning until 3 o’ clock in the afternoon.  At 12:00 noon, there will be a press conference to accommodate questions from the media.
During the activity, the Enhanced Operation L!STO Official AVP will be presented. The manuals will be distributed which will lay down disaster preparedness minimum standards to be performed by the LGUs before, during, and after a typhoon. Likewise, as part of the Launching, lectures and discussions will be given by the resource persons from different government agencies.

As Vice Chair for Disaster Preparedness, The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) scales up its efforts in capacitating LGUs in mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in their local plans.
In Region 6, a Training for Trainers for Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) was conducted at Smallville 21 Hotel, Iloilo City led by the DILG Regional Office 6. The training started on February 26 which was attended by DILG Cluster Heads and Provincial DRRM Focal Persons together with representatives from DILG’s development partners namely University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
Last year, ten (10) pilot LGUs for CDRA, coming from five (5) provinces and one Highly-Urbanized City in the region, embarked on a series of modular trainings on the institutionalization of CDRA as a tool in mainstreaming DRR-CCA in their Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs). Said LGUs are currently finalizing their outputs and on the process of integrating the results into their CDPs.
Only Region 6 was given funding for CDRA and the trainings were conducted in a modular approach, which veers away from the usual CDRA trainings in other regions.
“Given the increasing relevance of the results of the CDRA in various local governance processes, there is a need to increase the number of CDRA coaches in the region to meet the demand for resource persons from the LGUs.” said DILG R6 DRRM Focal Person Giselle Grace Gerial.
The trainings were conducted in accordance with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121), which requires the LGUs to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change in development processes.
“Coming up with a pool of trainers for CDRA is one of our continuing efforts to capacitate the LGUs in terms of mainstreaming CDRA in their local plans and to guide them how to properly make use of CDRA as a tool.” said LGCDD Chief Roselyn Quintana.
The 5 day training ended on March 1, 2019 and produced 32 well rounded trainers to cater to the demands of the LGUs.
DILG R6 ARD Maria Calpiza Sardua, in her message emphasized that this is one of the Department’s strategy to increase the competencies of our personnel. She thanked all the participants for accepting the challenge considering CDRA’s technical aspects. ARD Sardua also expressed her gratitude to the development partners present including the members of Regional Line Agencies and Learning Resource Institutions and hopes that this partnership will be effective in ensuring DRR-CCA mainstreamed local plans.#

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 in collaboration with Central Philippine University (CPU) continue to monitor the status of the LGUs enhanced feasibility study and project proposals for the Local Government Unit-Public Private Partnerships for the People (LGU P4) in a Consultation Workshop held last February 20, 2019 at Smallville 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
“This is part of DILG’s commitment to promote the LGU-P4 Program which brings the concept of a public-private partnership to the LGUs thru PPP projects. DILG is continuously gathering inputs to identify possible areas of improvement on the proposed projects to ensure its feasibility and viability.” said DILG R6 LGU P4 Focal Person Medel Espinosa.
The consultation workshop is a follow-up activity of the series of interventions conducted last year. In 2018, DILG and CPU, as the partner local resource insititute, train LGU functionaries on the basic preparation of feasibility study and engineering design to make a PPP project feasible and viable from conceptualization and implementation, up to the monitoring phase.
During the activity, the local government of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Jordan, Guimaras; and LGUs from Iloilo: Passi City, Oton, Tigbauan and Miag-ao presented updates on their enhanced feasibility studies that includes the current status, environment scanning (SWOT Analysis), issues and challenges.
Prof. Patrocinio Pudadera Jr., a professor from CPU, was tapped as resource speaker. He emphasized the importance of having a feasibility study in implementing a PPP project and how it can help in determining if the project is sustainable and viable.
Feasibility study is a viability of an idea with an emphasis on market and financial analysis and identifying potential problems that may occur in all stages of the project implementation. It serves as a solid foundation in applying business ideas on project conceptualization, development, and implementation.

Prof. Pudadera led the workshops and ensured the participants that they will extend their technical expertise and further assistance to the LGUs whenever needed. The participating LGUs are expected to submit their final project proposals on or before March 29, 2019.
DILG R6 LGU-P4 Focal Person Medel Espinosa also provided updates on the DILG’s interventions in the promotion of LGU P4. This includes policy development and advocacy, capacity development, business matching and investment promotion, documentation and compendium development and Information sharing thru the LGU P4 data base.
PPP has been the vehicle for private sector participation in the provision of infrastructure and social services which bridges the gaps in the economy and social development. PPPs are mutually beneficial since the private partner makes a substantial equity investment, and in return the LGU gains access to improved services.#

To make government transactions accessible and efficient to the people, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of the Trade and Industry (DICT) issued a Joint Memo Circular 2018-01 on Streamlining Processes in the Issuance of Building Permits and Certificate of Occupancy, on January last year.
This is in compliance to President Duterte’s aim for government services to be more accessible through reduced documentary requirements, faster processing time, shorter queues, and reduced number of signatories for transactions.
“In line with the implementation of the said JMC, a series of activities were conducted as a follow through from last year’s trainings and workshops covering a total of thirty-five (35) LGUs- cities, highly urbanized cities and first class municipalities in Region 6.” said DILG BPCO Regional Focal Person Aaron Andaya.

Recently, a round-table discussion on the implementation of the JMC was conducted by DILG Region 6 and the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) with selected target LGUs. This is to inform the participating LGUs on the latest updates of the said JMC and served as a consultative venue where the participants may raise their concerns and seek further assistance for the next phase of the implementation.
To further enhance the streamlining of processes on building permits and certificates of occupancy and integration of barangay clearance on the LGU permitting process, an on-site coaching and mentoring will be provided to the participating LGUs by a team from DILG Region 6 which will run from Feb. 26-March 25, 2019.
“This is to gather information from the target LGUs on how the implementation could be improved”, added BPCO Regional Focal Person Aaron Andaya.
The site visit will focus on inspecting the LGUs’ frontline and backroom offices, their citizens’ charter, and related policies among others. This is to provide valuable input to the LGUs on how they may improve their processes and systems.#