Two members of the Regional Management Team (RMT) have been going around the designated Local Resource Institutes (LRIs) in Region 6, to monitor the conduct of the Sangguniang Kabataan Mandatory Training since May 17 until its final run on until May 26, 2018.
DILG R6 Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua, Local Government Capability and Development Division (LGCDD) Chief Roselyn Quintana, Regional SK Focal Person LGOO V April Mae Plazo together and the rest of the RMT members are doing random monitoring activities in 10 partner LRIs to ensure the efficient conduct of the SK Mandatory Training in the region.

The SK Mandatory Training is currently ongoing in Aklan State University (ASU), University of Antique (UA), Capiz State University, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) Iloilo City and Miag-ao Campus, Central Philippine University (CPU), University of San Agustin (USA), Iloilo Science and Technology University and West Visayas State University (WVSU).
These partner LRIs are catering more than 31,000 participants from the 4,051 barangays of Region 6 consisting of eight (8) SK participants per barangay.  The training is conducted simultaneously in 9 days, with 120-130 participants per batch. The training will run for one day covering three modules. Module 1 will cover Decentralization, Local Governance, SK History and its Salient Features; Module 2: Meetings and Resolutions, Planning & Budgeting; and Module 3: Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards for Public Official and Employees.

Meanwhile, non-attendance to the SK Mandatory Training without any valid reason will be a sufficient ground to disqualify SK officials or subject them to disciplinary actions as provided in the SK Reform Act of 2015 (RA 10742). However, in the first run of the SK Mandatory Training, those who failed to attend with valid reasons shall submit a written request to the local training management team of the concerned LGU for a special training. The special training will not go beyond June 30, 2018. Only SK officials that have completed the mandatory training can assume their post.
The DILG and the National Youth Commission (NYC) partnered with the Regional Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas (LnB), Regional League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), and City and Provincial Governments through their Local Youth Development Officers (LYDOs). -LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6

The DILG R6 recently conducted a Quarterly Coordination Meeting and Orientation on Local Development Processes last May 8-9, 2018 at Islands Hotel, Roxas City, Capiz.
The two-day activity covered sessions on the National Development Strategies, Local Government Planning, Programming and Budgeting Process, and Project Execution as well as the monitoring and evaluation, of the status of ADM project implementation.

Mr. Glenn Miranda, DILG ADM-OPMO, discussed important points in relation to the National Priority Development Strategies highlighting the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Core Commitments and the guidelines on LDIP Analysis. He emphasized the importance of the Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) on achieving a sound delivery of services to the people.
LGOO VI Christian Nagaynay, DILG R6 LGCDD Assistant Division Chief, provided clarity on matters involving the Local Government Planning and Programming. He discussed the Rationalized Planning System and its salient features which includes the comparison between the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).
To provide a comprehensive dialogue about the LGU planning and development processes, Ms. Cecile Lacson of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 6 presented the Local Budgeting Process which included important points regarding Public Financial Management (PFM) and its policies, systems, and tools.

The second part of the activity focused on the ADM-PCTs Quarterly Coordination Meeting and Assessment. During the session, the ADM-PCTs and the DILG Provincial ADM Focal Persons together with the DILG Regional Focal Person, were able to discuss the program ongoing compliance of deliverables and shared relevant experiences and best practices on how to go about the accomplishment of the set goals for the quarter.
LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on, Regional ADM Focal Person took the opportunity to present the ADM Implementation Status and the Guidelines for the Implementation of the 2018 LGSF Assistance to Municipalities Program.
ADM Program Manager, Mr. Richard L. Villacorte was also present during the event. He posted the challenge for the efficient conduct of all ADM processes and called for resiliency, commitment, and the unceasing efforts of the ADM – PCTs to secure the successful implementation of the program which could greatly contribute to the country’s development in terms of economic stability and fiscal accountability. (DMO IV Daff B. Binobo, DILG6)

Four of the five covered Local Government Units (LGUs) in Region 6 were invited to attend the Basic Incident Command System Training (ICS) which is a component of the project geared  towards a Disaster Resilient Community: Building the Operational Readiness of Riparian and Inland Communities in Western Visayas.
“This is part of a special project funded by DILG and the Local Government Academy (LGA) for Region 6. Only two regions were given funds for this with the objective of strengthening the operational readiness capacities of LGUs in facing disasters and climate change related hazards of the LGUs especially the 4th-5th class municipalities.” said DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, during the opening program on May 9, 2018. The training will run from May 9-11, 2018 at MO2 Westown Hotel, Iloilo City.
In attendance are the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMOs), Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs), Municipal Engineers, Municipal Health Officers (MHOs), representatives from the Philippine National Police, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Budget Officers and General Services Officers from the municipalities of Malinao, Aklan; Barbaza, Antique; Cuartero, Capiz and Sibunag, Guimaras.

Nationally certified trainers in ICS (ICS Cadres) were invited to give the participants a holistic view and practical application of the Basic ICS. The pool of speakers are composed of Mr. Gilbert Paul Valderrama of Philippine Red Cross, Mr. Romelo Aguilar of Bureau of Fire Protection, Mr. Joseph Paul Nogra, OCD VI Chief of Operations Section and speakers from DILG Region 6, LGOO VI Giselle Grace Gerial, LGOO IV Anthony Ian G. Andaleza and LGOO II Vicente Albert Aaron S. Andaya.
The training on Basic ICS has been identified as one of the operational readiness mechanisms needed by the LGUs. In its several application to various scenarios, ICS has been proven effective in managing potential and actual disaster consequences. The training is just one of the five components of the LGUs Operational Readiness in managing disasters.
According to DILG R6 DRRM Focal Person Giselle Grace Gerial, the pilot LGUs were chosen based on the following criteria: 4th-5th class municipality, non-Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) passer, hazard prone, committed to complete the project and willing to provide counterpart fund for the continuation of the project to the remaining barangays. The program strategy focuses on implementing measures as well as building institutional and policy capacity that promotes local government and community operational readiness to river flooding and landslide at the municipal level.
Two major hazards (river flooding and landslide) were taken into account in this project. In a region-wide survey administered by the Office of the Civil Defense and DILG in 2013 on the capacities to cope with the possible negative impacts of the major hazards, it was found out that 124 or 89% of the 139 LGUs are vulnerable to river flooding. This is attributed to the fact that 117 or 84%   of the total LGU population in Western Visayas are primarily riparian in terms of geographical location.
Further, the results also showed that Region 6 LGUs are being affected by landslides with 90% of the LGUs from the 5th class category being affected and 76% of the 4th class municipalities also experiencing the same hazard. It can be gleaned from the results of the survey, that 4th to 5th class municipalities are highly vulnerable to the different hazards affecting the region. The results became the bases in the proposed interventions by DILG. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)


As provided in the Republic Act 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015, 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) and the National Youth Commission are spearheading the SK Mandatory Training (SKMT) beginning today, May 17, until May 26, 2018 in Western Visayas.
More than 31,000 participants from the 4,051 barangays of Region 6 are expected to undergo the training.
The SKMT is part of the efforts of the National Government to prepare and capacitate newly-elected 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.
Three modules are covered for the SKMT, 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.
The DILG and NYC partnered with the Regional Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas (LnB), Regional League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), and City and Provincial Governments through their Local Youth Development Officers (LYDOs) to assure the efficient conduct of the activity.
Local Resource Institutes (LRIs) that partnered with the DILG through the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium (WLGRC), as well as colleges and universities that accepted the invitation to be an SKMT partner will facilitate the trainings in the region.
Representatives from the abovementioned organizations formed the Regional Management Team (RMT) which strategized for the conduct of the mandatory training in Region 6.
Shown in the following table are the partner-LRIs for the SKMT and the areas they cover:

LRI AREA COVERED
Aklan State University (ASU) Aklan
University of Antique (UA) Antique
Capiz State University Capiz
University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Bacolod City;
Murcia, Talisay, Bago City in Negros Occidental
Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Negros Occidental (except Murcia, Talisay and Bago)
University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) and UP Miag-ao 1st District of Iloilo Province; Molo;
Arevalo district in Iloilo City
Central Philippine University (CPU) 2nd District of Iloilo Province;
District of Jaro in Iloilo City
University of San Agustin (USA) 5th District of Iloilo Province; Iloilo City Proper
Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) 4th District of Iloilo Province;
Lapuz and Mandurriao Districts in Iloilo City
West Visayas State University (WVSU) Province of Guimaras; 4th District of Iloilo Province;
District of La Paz in Iloilo City

Two Regional SK Expansion Meetings were conducted last March 5 and April 2 to form and strengthen City and Provincial Management Teams (C/PMT) and to address issues relative to the conduct of the activity. C/PMTs have also conducted meetings as part of the preparation for the training.
Presentations and other materials that will be used for the SKMT were distributed to C/PMTs to assure uniformity of content.
Oathtaking ceremonies will be conducted after the SKMT. Only SK officials that have completed the mandatory training may be sworn to Oath.
The DILG encourages SK and Barangay Officials to coordinate with the City and Provincial Management Teams thru their City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, LYDOs or LnB and LMP for concerns with regard to the training. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)