This year the local government officials and functionaries and the personnel of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 are coming together for the Pagdayaw 2013 dubbed as a Celebration of Victory and Thanksgiving on December 19, 2013 at the lloilo Grand Hotel.

Pagdayaw is a genuine description of the annual tradition of DILG Region 6 recognizing exemplary performances in the implementation of programs and projects by the local government units and the DILG personnel and operating units towards excellence in local governance. 

The Pagdayaw has served as a venue not just for recognition but as a way of showcasing the innovations and best practices in Western Visayas through the awards systems such as the Excellence in Local Governance (EXCELL) Awards, Personnel Incentives for Service And Novelty or PISAN Awards and the new awards system started this year, the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) Stewardship Awards.

DILG Region 6 retirees are also honored during the Pagdayaw.  This year’s Pagdayaw will include a testimonial program for Regional Director Evelyn A. Trompeta who has served the Department for 44 years with utmost dedication and commitment. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

 

In view of the retirement of Director Evelyn A. Trompeta on December 6, 2013, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 is now under the leadership of new Regional Director in the person of ATTY. ANTHONY C. NUYDA.

Atty. Nuyda, also a Certified Public Accountant was the Assistant Regional Director of this region CY2007 until his promotion in CY2010 as Director IV.  He was designated as the head of the then newly created Internal Audit Services of the DILG Central Office, the position he held prior to his designation as DILG-R6 Regional Director.#

Responding to the immediate needs on relief and recovery in the region, DILG steers the operation efforts after Typhoon Yolanda bares onslaught damages days after it hits several areas in Western Visayas.

Secretary Mar Roxas directed DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A.  Panadero to coordinate relief and recovery operations in the region which include ocular visits and consultation meetings with Local Chief Executives of LGUs affected within the region.

Director Evelyn A. Trompeta of DILG Region VI has been underpinning the operations with the Undersecretary aimed at assessing damages all throughout the region and identify possible early recovery measures.

Aside from assuring the order in the distribution of relief goods in affected areas, the DILG team together with the Office of the Civil Defence came-up with an Early Recovery Framework for LGUs, which according to Usec. Panadero will be used by the Secretary to lobby several undertakings to respective National Government Agencies.

This Early Recovery Framework includes the Cash for Work Program (CFWP) which may be undertaken in the next three months and is directed to several agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which will focus on the expansion of the National Greening Program as its response for upland farmers.

Moreover, the DSWD based on their CWFP guidelines is requested to include activities like clearing operations, repair works for damaged public building/facilities and building of boats for the affected fisher-folks as priority on top of its existing scope of projects such as reconstruction, livelihood and productivity support and hunger mitigation and food security.

Meanwhile the Framework will also work on the quick disbursement of the Emergency Shelter Assistance which entitles a family for a P 5,000.00 worth of materials which include 10 Galvanized Iron Sheets, nails and tie wires. A Sustainable Livelihood Program is also included in the framework which seeks to tap the Self-Employment Assistance-Kanluran (SEA-K) of the DSWD.

As to prioritization of beneficiaries, a recommendation to utilize the National Household Targeting System of the DSWD is proposed which identifies the poorest of the poor especially in the the 4th-6th income class LGUs. These LGUs based on the findings have already fully-utilized their Quick Response Fund (QRF) and are the least capable in responding to their urgent needs.

On the other hand, Secretary Mar Roxas also facilitated for the loan of 50 generator sets from the COMELEC which were distributed to various PNP stations and hospitals in the region. (LGOO III Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas directed all local chief executives to activate their local disaster risk reduction and management councils and monitoring systems in preparation for a cyclone that may have the makings of a super typhoon.

Roxas who serves as Vice Chair for Disaster Preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said, the local chief executives should immediately adopt measures on how to effectively warn residents, particularly those living along the coastlines and other danger areas on the possible impact of Tropical Depression Yolanda in their respective areas.

“Mas mabuti na ang handa kaysa magsisi sa bandang huli.  Mahalaga ang bawat oras para magligtas ng buhay,” Roxas said.

Roxas also instructed local executives to mobilize government vehicles that may be needed in the evacuation process.

“Importanteng ma-monitor ng ating mga local DRRMC ang galaw ng bagyong ito bago pa man tumama sa lupa. Walang saysay ang paghahanda kung hihintayin pa natin ang pagtama ng bagyo sa Pilipinas bago tayo kumilos,” he added.

Roxas specifically cited the need to identify and prepare evacuation centers in various cities and municipalities where stock of relief goods are pre-positioned for distribution to residents that may be displaced by the calamity.

He also advised to mobilize in coordination with the local police their respective Search and Rescue (SAR) teams so these can be immediately deployed in areas prone to landslides and flash floods.

With this, DILG Region VI emphasizes the following advisory on precautionary measures:

  1. Magpamati sa mga balita
  2. Magsunod sa mga pa andam kag panawagan
  3. Magpreparar sang mga disaster kits (pagkaon, tubig kag mga bulong)
  4. Higtan kag butangan sang mabug-at nga mga bagay ang atup sang balay para malikawan ang paglupad sini

Moreover, it is encouraged to observe the following Family Disaster Plan:

  1. Hibaluon ang mga hilway kag peligroso nga lugar sa inyo balay kag itudlo ini sa mga miyembro sang pamilya kapin pa sa mga bata kung paano iwasan kag makaligtas sa mga delikado nga lugar.
  2. Maghimo sang Family Evacuation Plan. Kinahanglan nahibaluan ini sang tanan nga miyembro sang pamilya.
  3. Hibaluon kung sa diin kamo nga lugar magakit-anay sat ion mag binulagay ang pamilya.
  4. Hibaluon ang hilway nga alagyan pa guwa kag pasulod kung kinahanglan maghalin sa lugar.
  5. Hibaluon ang mga salakyan nga puwede gamiton kung kinahanglan maghalin sa lugar.
  6. Magluwas sa evacuation center, hibaluon kung sa diin pa gid temporaryo maka halin.
  7. Hibaluon ang mga importante nga mga emergency hotline numbers sang barangay, munsipyo, pulis, bumbero kag mga kapamilya