The Department of Interior and Local Government Region VI recently conducted the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program orientation and action planning for the new members of the ADM-Project Coordinating Team (ADM-PCT). The activity was held last March 6-7, 2018 in Iloilo City.
The ADM Program seeks to equitably assist all municipalities in the delivery of basic services by providing financial subsidy for the implementation of their priority programs and projects. As part of ensuring the successful implementation of the program, the DILG 6 hired 14 personnel to carry out the tasks and coordination for the ADM program.

The ADM – Project Coordinating Team (ADM – PCT) were deployed to the regional and provincial offices carrying with them the mandate to oversee the program’s Five-Year Guidance Milestones which will ascertain that the projects and activities in the region, provinces, and municipalities are in accordance with the overall direction of the ADM program. The team was also tasked to provide assistance and proper guidance to their areas of assignment, making sure that the ADM program processes are properly executed.
Highlighted during the discussions were the program’s salient features, reporting and monitoring of program implementation, and action planning for the remaining months of the 1st quarter. The team was also given an orientation on the agency’s administrative processes.
Last February 15, 2018 the ADM – PCT personnel were deployed on their areas of assignment and started to perform their functions. The staffing structure are the following:

Regional Office Development Management Officer IV (DMO IV) Mr. Daff B. Binobo
  Development Management Officer III (DMO III) Mr. Vincent D. Villorente
Aklan Community Development Officer III (CDO III) Ms. Joverlyn Yeban-Insauriaga
  Community Development Officer II (CDO II) Ms. Jed P. Delgado
Antique Community Development Officer III (CDO III) Mr. Carr Brian J. Grino
  Community Development Officer II (CDO II) Ms. Jierah Ruth C. Magbanua
 Capiz Community Development Officer III (CDO III)  Ms. Jobelle C. Gallega
  Community Development Officer III (CDO III)  Mr. Nelson N. Lopez, Jr
  Community Development Officer II (CDO II)   Mr. Ryan Jay M. LAvente
 Guimaras Community Development Officer III (CDO III)  Mr. Dennis Jerico S. Aguilos
  Community Development Officer II (CDO II)   Mr. JPmar Fred F. Lingaya
  Community Development Officer II (CDO II)   Mr. Dionisio C. Biana
Negros Occidental Community Development Officer III (CDO III) to be hired
  Community Development Officer II (CDO II)  Mr. Andrew Serrano

Present during the activity were DILG Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, and resource persons from the DILG ADM-PMO, Mr. Norman M. Aparente and Ms. Salome Quijano.
One of the activity’s main objectives is to generate an action plan which covers the first quarter of 2018 for the region and the provinces. This action plan should directly address the effective implementation of the ADM program.
As output, the team was able to create a set of targets which includes mapping of existing CSOs on the local level, the revalidation of the LDC functionality, monitoring of the BUB 2016 provincial implementation, as well as the monitoring of the formulation of CDPs of the covered LGUs, all set to be accomplished by June 30, 2018.  (DMO IV Daff B. Binobo, DILG6)

SAN JOSE, Antique - The bereaved family of 1Lt Jarren Jay C. Relota of Brgy. 3, San Jose, Antique was visited by DILG personnel led by DILG Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua together with San Jose Municipal Mayor Elmer C. Untaran last February 7, 2018 to discuss the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) for AFP soldiers who were killed in action. 1Lt Relota died in an encounter with the NPA members in Sitio Quiambao, Brgy. Mapula, Paquibato District, Davao City on January 25, 2018.
Different government agencies are on board in providing a CSBP for the dependents of soldiers and policemen who were either killed or wounded in action or in police operations (KIA-WIA/KIPO-WIPO) in the Marawi incident and other government operations. The DILG and the Department of the National Defense (DND) jointly lead in the implementation of the CSBP in response to President Duterte’s standing order to extend all the possible assistance that could be provided to the dependents of fallen or wounded soldiers and policemen. The CSBP covers the members of the AFP and PNP who were either killed or wounded in action or during government operations since July 2016 to present.
Former DILG-OIC Catalino Cuy said that the DILG targets to accommodate a number of qualified beneficiaries and commits to assist the dependents of our fallen heroes.
The government will provide a special financial assistance of up to P500,000 from the Office of the President and other benefits for police officers and soldiers killed or wounded in action during operations. The first tranche of P250,000 (killed in action) shall be given upon completion of required documents and the other half shall be released upon completion of required trainings or submission of livelihood project proposals.
Those wounded in action or operation with total permanent physical disability will get P250,000 while those with major and minor injuries will get P100,000.
The DILG shall organize the conduct of required trainings by the BSP, TESDA, DTI and DOLE. A home visitation will be conducted by the DSWD to the beneficiaries to assess their socio-economic condition and identify appropriate livelihood projects. The DILG will coordinate with the beneficiaries and NGAs to assist them for employment in local government units and other NGAs.
The beneficiaries of 1Lt Relota will also get shelter assistance in a form of a housing unit grant or construction of new house in owned lot or in a PNP/AFP housing project site amounting to P450,000 or house repair amounting to P100,000; health care assistance through coverage of premiums of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); medical assistance for hospitalization provided by the Department of Health (DOH) for qualified beneficiaries of those killed or wounded; and educational assistance through annual stipends for up to two beneficiaries not covered by existing programs or scholarship through SUCs from kindergarten up to college level. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6)

A Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment (RSSA) was recently conducted to the completed subprojects funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Provinces of Aklan and Capiz. This assessment aims to ascertain the functionality of the projects.
The actual conduct of RSSA was conducted by the Project Development Monitoring Unit (PDMU) of DILG R6 headed by Engr. Romie Potot. Among the projects assessed this February were the rehabilitation and repair of public buildings that were destroyed during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 in two municipalities in Aklan and Capiz.
These projects were funded by the Recovery Assistance for Yolanda (RAY) program of DILG. The projects assessed were the Rehabilitation of Civic Center in Lezo, Aklan amounting to Php 198,000.00 and Rehabilitation of Day Care Center in Panit-an, Capiz amounting to Php750,000.00. The Municipality of Lezo was granted a total of Php4.2M for 15 RAY subprojects, 12 of which are already completed and 3 subprojects are to be implemented while Panit-an Capiz was given approximately Php13.8M with 50 RAY subprojects wherein 47 were completed, one waived and two subprojects to be implemented.
The PDMU is doing a series of monitoring activities in the whole region to ensure that the LGUs properly implement the projects based on their proposed timelines. (LGOO II Judy Mae T Magdato, DILG6)

A total of 280 participants attended the recently concluded Open Government Participatory Governance (OGP) Regional Dialogues for the Visayas Cluster hosted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Office 6 last January 30-31, 2018 at SMX Convention Center, SM City Bacolod, Bacolod City.
Participants from Civil Society Organizations, Academe, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Public Sector Unions, Business Sectors, National Anti-Poverty Commission Basic Sectors, Kilusang Pagbabago, USAID, CODE-NGO, DAI, Galing Pook Foundation, Local Government Units, Media, different National Government Agency’s such as Department of Budget and Management, DILG, Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office and Department of Finance were present during the dialogue.

Resource Speakers focused their discussion on the Participatory Governance Cluster (PGC) proposed initiatives, the 2016 Philippine CSO Sustainability Index Report, Roadmap on improving local governance, sub-national commitment and plans, 2018 National Budget and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.
The regional dialogue also aimed to enable the public to understand, rationalize and implement national government programs and projects based on area-specific realities, strengthen consultation mechanism to ensure effective implementation of programs and projects and to propose policies, programs and projects that would foster participatory governance and build the capacities of local government units.
The Philippines is one of the founding members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a unique international initiative aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies that strengthen governance. (DMO II Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)