Are Barangay Development Councils (BDCs) in Region 6 functional?
This is the question the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 aims to answer as it embarks on a program that would assess the functionality level of BDCs in all of its 4051 barangays in 6 provinces and 2 highly-urbanized cities.
The BDC Functionality Assessment will measure the compliance of BDCs to the minimum requirements of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines and other pertinent laws, and will focus on four main areas: Structure or Creation, People or Composition, Systems and People Participation.
Some of the factors the assessment will look into are whether or not BDCs have the right composition, conduct regular meetings, have formulated required plans, and are adequately represented by women and civil society organizations.
The assessment will also examine best practices employed by BDCs to improve the provision of services to their constituents.
RA 7160 requires all barangays to create BDCs that will be responsible for, among other functions, prepare developmental, sectoral and functional plans and implement PPAs for the betterment of the community they serve.
For the purpose of the assessment, barangays, through their officials, are tasked to fill-out self-assessment forms with questions relative to their BDC and provide modes of verification to support their answers. After which, City/Municipal Assessment Teams (C/MATs), composed of City/Municipal Local Government Operation Officers, City/Municipal Planning and Development Officers, City/Municipal Budget Officers, Liga ng mga Barangay President and civil society organization representatives, will conduct assessment meetings to verify the correctness and completeness of the self-assessment forms submitted by the barangays and provide ratings thereof.
The results of the assessment is expected to be generated by the end of September.

REGIONAL AND PROVINCIAL ROLL-OUT ACTIVITIES
To prepare all involved in the BDC functionality assessment, a series of Regional and Provincial Roll-Out activities were conducted.
Region 6 was the first to conduct a regional roll-out in the entire country.
“The Barangays, as frontliners in the provision of services in the most basic unit of society, plays a crucial part in the development of their barangay in particular and the nation as a whole, so we must see to it that BDCs are performing their functions properly,” emphasized Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, DILG Region 6 Assistant Regional Director during the Regional Roll-Out on BDC Functionality Assessment held on July 19-20, 2019 at the Smallville21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The regional roll out was conducted to prepare city and provincial offices in the capacity development, assessment and monitoring processes of the program. It was attended by Provincial and City DILG BDC/LDC focal persons. LGOO IIs Freda Mae L. Sorsano and Charmagne Lyle Matta served as resource persons for the activity
“We in the DILG, as an oversight agency, are mandated to regularly monitor and evaluate the LDCs and BDCs to assess their performance vis-à-vis their mandated functions and responsibilities thereby determining whether they are functional or not,” emphasized LGCDD chief Roselyn B. Quintana, CESE.
Meanwhile, Provincial and HUC roll-outs, were also held to orient C/MATs on the process and guide notes for assessing the level of functionality of BDCs. The activity, over-all, gathered more than 600 C/MAT members from all HUCs and provinces.

These roll-outs were conducted in the following dates and venues:

  • Antique - August 15, 2019, Eagle’s Hotel, San Jose, Antique
  • Negros Occidental – August 28, 2019, Business Inn Hotel, Bacolod City
  • Bacolod City – August 30, 2019, DILG Bacolod City Office
  • Aklan – September 2, 2019, Adee’s Function Hall, Aklan
  • Iloilo and Iloilo City - September 4, 2019, Smallville21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
  • Capiz – September 4, 2019, Nesta’s Hilltop Hotel, Roxas City
  • Guimaras – September 12, 2019, Guimaras

Republic Act 10742, otherwise known as “The Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015” provides that any SK official, whether elected or appointed, cannot assume position unless they undergo a mandatory training.
As such, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Antique Provincial Office partnered with Liga ng mga Barangay Antique Chapter, Provincial SK Federation and the Provincial Youth Development Office (PYDO) conducted the mandatory training for SK treasurers and secretaries on Sept. 2-6, 2019.
Representatives from the said organizations formed part of the Provincial Management Team (PMT) which spearheaded the conduct of the mandatory training in the province.
“Three SK preparatory/coordination meetings were held last May 24, June 14, and Aug. 28 to strengthen the PMT and to ensure the smooth conduct of the activity,” said Jessana Carmela Tatoy, DILG Antique Provincial SKMT Focal Person.
More than 1,000 participants, all fully appointed SK treasurers and secretaries from 590 barangays of Antique underwent the training. The municipality of Caluya, being a Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA), however held the training separately in Poblacion, Caluya on Sept. 12.
The SKMT is part of the national government’s thrust to prepare and capacitate SK officials in performing their roles. Failure to attend the training without valid reason may constitute sufficient grounds to the disqualification of any SK official or subject them to disciplinary actions.
“We are encouraging the participants to coordinate with the Provincial Management Team thru their Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, LYDOs or LnB for concerns with regard to this training.”, said DILG Antique PD Cherryl Tacda.
This training will cover three modules, namely: (1) Decentralization, Local Governance, SK History and its Salient Features; (2) Meetings and Resolutions, Planning and Budgeting; and (3) Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Official and Employees.
Oathtaking ceremonies will be conducted after the SKMT. Only SK officials that have completed the mandatory training may be sworn to Oath.

To strengthen LGUs capacities in water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) sector, the DILG R6 has committed to support local governments in the formulation of their respective Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan (WSSMP). The program is envisioned to enhance LGUs WASH governance, empower communities, and improve policies, institutional systems, and planning-programming-budgeting processes integrating human rights-based approach and gender responsive principles.
In his message, PDMU Chief Mossad Vincent J. Araneta, CPA underscored how proper planning contributes in the effective implementation of projects. He encouraged everyone to take this opportunity to craft a plan that is both comprehensive and responsive to the needs of their localities.

The respective MEs, MPDCs, MHOs, SB Member Chair of Committee on Health, MLGOO and Encoders of 12 municipalities across the region were guided on how to gather, accomplish and interpret data utilizing the standard iWaSH tools during the Component 1 of the program held on 29-30 August 2019 at Hotel Del Rio, Iloilo City.
These data will be the basis in identifying policies, plans and programs during the Component - Investment Programming come October 2019.
The MWSSMP of the 12 participating LGUs will be used as reference of the national government in providing financial assistance under the LGSF-SALINTUBIG Program.
LGOO II Marlon V. Ladia, focal person of SALINTUBIG Program and Engr. Jonathan C. Suelo served as facilitators and resource persons of the activity.