ILOILO CITY, April 2 (PIA6) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government here in Region 6 is reminding local officials particulary those running in the national and local elections on May 13 against the use of government’s program and projects for their political advancement.

This after the DILG Regional Office 6 has received copies of letters of some incumbent local chief executives and Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre has written DILG 6 Director Evelyn Trompeta endorsing copies of the same letters of politicians distributed to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in their respective municipalities.

In her letter, Macapobre said the letters contained statements identifying the politicians with the program by claiming it to be their own which is contradictory to the program’s Anti-Epal campaign.

Anti-Epal campaign is an information drive launched by DSWD that intends to safeguard its programs and activities from partisan politics during the election period. It focuses on the message that DSWD has the sole authority to include poor households and delist beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino program.

Macapobre added that their staff had already brought to the attention of the local government officials in their respective areas the agency’s guidelines in the conduct of activities during the 2013 election period.

The guidelines on the conduct of activities on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino during the 2013 campaign and national and local election period issued by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman contain key essential measures that DSWD field operations staff/personnel have to observe to insulate the Pantawid Pamilya from the influence and/or used for partisan political activities.

Along this line, DILG 6 RD Trompeta urged concerned local officials to strictly observe the department’s Memorandum Circular No. 2010-101 on the ban of names or initials and/or images of government officials in billboards and signages of government programs, projects and properties.

The DILG Circular prohibits the practice of putting up of billboards and signages and other information materials bearing the names, initials or pictures of government personalities on all government projects and properties such as firetrucks, ambulances, vehicles, etc.

“The practice of putting up of billboards and signages bearing the names, initials and images of government officials on government programs and projects has been noticeably abused and misused by some public officials for their personal interests and has taken the credit away from the taxpayers who are the ones paying for such programs or projects through their tax payments,” according to the circular. (LAF/PIA6)

Panay River Basin, one of the three major river basins underwent a strategic planning workshop last February 5-7, 2013.  The local government units covered by the Panay River Basin are the province of Iloilo and Capiz. The municipalities covered under the province of Iloilo are Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, Bingawan, Calinog and Lemery.  In the province of Capiz, the municipalities covered are Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Ma-ayon, Mambusao, Panitan, Cuartero, Sigma and Tapaz.

The strategic planning-workshop aims to identify and define points for collaboration, synergize and build strategic alliance on river basin planning for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in LGUs covered by the Major River Basin.

To achieve the objectives of the activity, lecture-discussion workshops and action planning were carried out. The strategic planning-workshop was conducted in three phases, namely: Forging Alliances for Phase I, Strategic Planning for Phase II and Phase III is the signing of Memorandum of Agreement.

The activities in Phase I involved the forming of LGU alliance including presentation and validation of issues, concerns, workshop outputs and utilization of results of the collaboration workshop; and the commitment building.  Participants for Phase I included Local Chief Executives of the LGUs along the Panay River Basin.

In Phase II, the participants included the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers, Planning Officers, SB Members and MENROs of the LGUs covered by the Panay River Basin.  The activities included developing a shared vision, mission and goals for the alliance, agreement on the key strategies to be implemented to reach the goals and address key issues identified and develop a strategic plan that addresses goals and specific objectives.

The strategic planning-workshop provided a venue for a clear direction to the LGUs covered by the river basin. Ultimately, an institutionalization of the alliance wherein issues, conflicts and concerns will be sanitized and interventions will be prioritized between and among the member LGUs was realized.###(RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG 6)

ILOILO CITY - A regional orientation on the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) was conducted for the DILG fieldmen of Region 6 and 7 held on January 25, 2013 at Punta Villa, Iloilo City.

The activity intends to enhance understanding of the 283 participants on the Aquino Government Anti-Poverty Strategy and Localization and Empowerment Program; the Role of the Local Government Units (LGUs) as Key Vehicle for Poverty Reduction and the Bottom-Up Budgeting Process; and the 2013 Bottom-Up Budgeting Process for National Government Agencies in relation to the Local Anti-Poverty Planning (LAPP) of LGUs.

Further, it is also aimed to verbalize commitments of LGUs to support and facilitate grassroots participation in crafting the Local Anti-Poverty Action Plan; draw out regional or provincial agency workplan to assist the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRATs) in the participatory LAPP formulation; and facilitate compliance of LGUs of the requirements for the implementation of the BuB project as indicated in the guidelines.

The Human Development and Poverty Reduction Center (HDPRC), the Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster (GGAC) and the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) created under the Executive Order No. 43 series of 2011will carry out the implementation of BuB in the 1,233 focus cities and municipalities nationwide for FY 2014 budget preparation together with the national government agencies namely DILG, DBM, DSWD, DAR, DA, DepEd, DOE, DENR, DOH, DOLE, DTI, DOT, TESDA, NEA and NAPC. This is in line with the President’s “Social Contract to the Filipino People” calling for transparent, accountable and participatory governance.#