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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of Region VI, Western Visayas conducted its 2-day orientation on August 10-11, 2021 via Zoom to acknowledge the significant role of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in achieving the general objective to implement the Devolution Transition Plan in view of the pursuant to Section 10 of EO No. 138.

Under the Supreme Court Ruling on the Mandanas Case, it is stated that the just share of the LGUs from the national taxes is not limited to national internal revenue taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) but includes collections of custom duties by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other collecting agencies. The said EO will also transfer expenditures on local infrastructure, farming, social welfare, wellbeing care and business, among other divisions recorded within the Local Government Code of 1991 in which the LGUs can implement.

Maria Calpiza Sardua, CESO IV Assistant Regional Director, stated during her closing remarks,

“Nawa'y ang papel ng bawat isa sa atin sa pagpapatupad ng Executive Order ay malinaw. Aasahan ninyo na ang DILG at iba pang NGAs ay patuloy na tutulong sa pag-aayos ng full devolution sa susunod na taon at walang maiiwan sa rehiyon na ito.”

(Hopefully, the role of each one of us in the implementation of the executive order is clarified. Expect that the DILG and other NGAs will continue to help in organizing full devolution next year, and no one in this region will be left behind.)

More than 300 participants from their corresponding provinces and agencies attended the 2-day orientation.#

The University of San Agustin launched its Online Internship with the Department of the Interior and Local Government despite this challenging time of pandemic. 

On August 5, 2021, Thursday. The two institutions  signed a Memorandum of Agreement and have conformed to provide students with the appropriate experience in the world of work and improve their formal education by developing goals, knowledge, skills and define competencies that students need to acquire in each area of study, assignment and activity covered by the internship program.

The 2021 Student Internship Program is under the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) 6. The University of San Agustin is a member of the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium, and the first university to ink its partnership for the internship program.

Read more: University of San Agustin signs MOA with DILG for 2021 Student Internship Program

DILG VI Regional Director Juan Jovian E. Ingeniero, CESO IV supports the rehiring of 974 Contact Tracers to sustains the LGU’s contact tracing efforts.

This is after Secretary Eduardo M. Año announced yesterday the approval of PRRD of the request of the DILG for additional funding to rehire the 15k DILG contact tracers for another 5 months.

According to RD Ingeniero, the DILG will fast track the rehiring of the CTs once fund allocated is downloaded from Central Office.

“Lubos ang aming pasasalamat sa ating contact tracers, sa kanilang malaking ambag na tulungan ang pamahalaan upang masugpo ang pandemya. Umaasa tayong sa pag apruba ng extension sa inyong gawain, sama-sama pa rin tayo sa laban kontra Covid 19”. RD Ingeniero said.

Further, pending renewal of the DILG-hired CTs, RD Ingeniero requested all LGUs to sustain their contact tracing efforts by maximizing the deployment of all members of their own LGU Contact Tracing team.

Sixty-four re-hired contact tracers in the province were capacitated by the DILG Antique Provincial Office on boosting contact tracing capacity in the new normal thru a virtual orientation, held on June 22, 2021.  

DILG Antique Provincial Director Cherryl Tacda said that the activity is a response to the CT’s need for a capacity development program based on the training needs assessment conducted in February 2021. 

She further explained that the activity aims to sustain contact tracing in the LGUs and break the chain of transmission, particularly with the reported entry of the new variant in the country. 

The results of the training needs assessment (TNA) tool developed by DILG Region 6 showed that DILG Antique CTs need to be updated with the updates and current trends on Contact Tracing efforts of the government; and conduct capacity development interventions that will improve the level of their confidence in doing their functions and duties. 

Read more: DILG Antique capacitates contact tracers to boost performance