Municipalities of Jordan and San Lorenzo, Guimaras capped their Barangay Newly Elected Officials (BNEO) Training after four schools set in the whole month of March.  In response to the capacity building needs of newly-elected barangay officials, the BNEO Training was conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Local Government Academy in partnership with the Liga ng mga Barangay of the Municipalities of San Lorenzo and Jordan, Guimaras.

The training program anchored on a theme, “Enhancing Proficiency of  Barangay OfficialsTowards Effective Governance”. The activity was geared to enhance the barangay officials’competencies to attain the needed synergy and transform the barangays as champions of excellence in basic service delivery and bring the government closer to the people.

The activity was participated by the Punong Barangays, seven Sangguniang Barangay Members, Barangay Secretaries and Barangay Treasurers of the two municipalities.

Resource persons include their respective Municipal Department Heads such as Budget Officer, Municipal Planning Development Coordinators (MPDCs), Accountant, Treasurer, Sangguniang Bayan Secretary, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) and the DILG Guimaras Cluster as resource persons/facilitators on the dynamics of barangay governance, local legislation, and other DILG program implementations.

The training was highlighted by the role playing of the participants in relation to Republic Act 6713, an act establishing a code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees. A mock session and a workshop on Barangay Agenda for Governance and Development were also conducted.

Other topics discussed were on Leadership; Barangay Governance, Structure and Organization of the Barangay; Duties, Responsibilities and Benefits of Brgy. Officials; Order of Business; Barangay Legislation; Barangay Finance; Barangay Budgeting; BAC/Procurement Law & Procedures; Barangay Dvelopment Planning; Communiy Mobilization/Volunteerism; Incentives & Awards for Barangays & Brgy.Full Disclosure Policy; Barangay Citizen’s Charter; Barangay Governance Program Monitoring System (BGPMS) and CapDev Agenda.

The three-day activity concluded after the issues and concerns were raised and responded accordingly such as the increase in fee charges that  cannot be imposed if it is not included in the revenue code; Barangay Kagawad assigned as Officer of the Day cannot assume the duties and responsibilities of a Punong Barangay but the latter may designate an Officer-In-Charge in his absence and act on his behalf; the issuance of Residence Certificate serves as evidence of residency in the barangay for seven months; provincial hospitals’ benefits to the barangay officials; and the application of free matriculation benefits to the barangay officials and their dependents. (LGOO II Charmine T. Galvez, DILG6-Capiz)

Hiking several miles atop the hill just to fetch water will no longer be a daily struggle for every Caluyanhon. This is the promise brought by the construction of Palawan Spring Box and Water Tank in the island municipality of Caluya. A promise made possible by the Performance Challenge Fund.

Caluya is a first class island municipality in the northernmost part of the province of Antique. The municipality consists of three major islands (Semirara, Caluya, and Sibay) as well as several minor islets, namely, Liwagao, Nagubat, Panagatan, Sibato and Sibolo all located in the Tablas Strait between Mindoro and Panay islands. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 30,046 people. This island municipality can be reached in approximately 5 hours pump boat ride from Lipata, Culasi, Antique or 3 hours from Libertad, Antique. A commercial sea vessel is plying the Libertad-Caluya route on a scheduled basis.

Having been conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2011, the Municipality of Caluya was able to access the Performance Challenge Fund in 2012 worth one million pesos. The municipal government has identified the development of the Palawan Spring in Barangay Sabang as a response to one of the major problems on the provision of potable water to its residents. The community depends on the deep wells which are very limited to the beneficiaries of Barangays Poblacion and Sabang and only few of these were identified to be safe for drinking. Palawan watershed is identified to have abundant source of water that can cater the residents of the two barangays. The LGU as part of its counterpart has already bought the land area where the spring is located and has been secured by a fence in order to protect the place from incidences that might threaten the condition of the area. The project is located in Sition Napay between Barangay Sabang and Poblacion and it is 1.5 kilometers away from the main road.

The PCF grant was utilized to construct a new spring box which served as a catch basin fo r the flowing water from the Palawan Spring. This is an addition to the existing spring box which was constructed in the late 1970s.  A cylindrical water tank has been constructed as well in the downhill from the stream which will serve as the main reservoir.  The construction started in the later part of 2012 and was completed in July 2013. A total of 2, 259 residents from the two barangays benefited on this project and now enjoys\ the convenience of accessing potable water in their communal faucets.

Punong Barangay Elvero de San Jose of Brgy. Sabang narrated that before the Palawan Spring was developed the people in Sabang have to get their water from a source in a place they called “Ambulong” which is a distance away from the barangay proper. The gallons of water then are transported by a carabao-driven cart traversing the hilly landscapes of the area. He said that the ordeal is even worst during rainy season when it is harder to reach the place. The improvements made in Palawan Spring have been very beneficial to the 9 97 populace of Sabang, he said as they can now access water on a scheduled basis without going up the unclear terrain.

A family of 9 residing near the site in Sitio Napay has been very glad of how the project eased their scuffle just to get safe water for drinking. Jean Bulyanday, one of the family members accounted how they used to go uphill just to fetch potable water and end up having their containers half-filled when they return to their home.  According to her, the slippery way had always been a difficulty they endure when fetching water from the spring. The construction of a spring box and the pipes being laid down from the water source has been very helpful to them especially during rainy season. “Indi run kami mabudlayan pa magbuol tubig,” she said. (It will no longer be difficult for us to fetc h water.)

Mayor Genevive Lim Reyes said that the municipality is massively investing on Water System Projects in order to ensure that everyone has an access to safe and potable water. The project in Palawan is among those being continuously developed and we are grateful for the support provided by the DILG through the PCF that we were able to construct a new Spring Box and a Water Tank which will serve as a reservoir for the distribution lines.

The municipality has acquired the site to ensure the smooth implementation of the project and for future expansions which will not benefit only the people from Sabang and Poblacion but the other nearby barangays here in Caluya Island.  Once fully completed, the municipal government of Caluya is planning to turn the project into a public enterprise in order to ensure its operational sustainability.

Presently the project is undergoing its first phase of expansion with funding support from the Bottom-up Budgeting on the Provision of Potable Water provided by the DILG in 2013 for the municipality of Caluya. This is one testament to the commitment of the municipality in their investment for the Water Supply Projects in the island. The PCF has kicked-off the realization of one of these projects and the support shown by the LGU has transformed the project beyond its physical structure into a materialized hope of every Caluyanhons. The one million peso grant for fostering accountability and transformation has marked the Municipality of Caluya among those highlighting Performance that Changes the Future. (LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)

ROXAS CITY, Capiz - The National Government, through the Office of the National Defense, released its financial assistance to the families of the casualties of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Capiz on March 28, 2014. The distribution took place at the Conference Hall of the DILG Capiz Provincial Office.

Each of the fifty beneficiaries from the Province of Capiz received Php10,000.00 financial assistance.  This was handed to them by Governor Victor Tanco of Capiz together with the Office of the Civil Defense 6 Asst Regional Director Eligio  Calaor and DILG Capiz Provincial Director Clyne B. Deocampo.

The said financial assistance was only released to those who have complied with the requirements set by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Capiz. These include Death Certificate, Police Blotter, Birth Certificate for single and Marriage Contract for those who are married, Proof of Filial, Endorsement of payment of claims from City/Municipal DRRMC Chairman, Endorsement from the Governor and Barangay Clearance. Those who were not able to comply with the necessary documents will be included in the 2nd batch upon submission of their papers. LGOO II Marecor M. Diaz, DILG6-Capiz

ILOILO CITY - Public governance is increasingly getting complicated and the expectations of the people from their local government service delivery are generally more than what the newly elected municipal and provincial officials can possibly deliver.  In order to cope with the demands and expectations of the public, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Office in Guimaras Province conducted a Local Legislation for Development Training for the Sangguniang Bayan Members and Secretaries on February 5-7, 2014 at the Centennial Resort Hotel and Convention Center, Iloilo City.

The three-day activity gathered participants from the municipalities of the Province of Guimaras composed of the Vice Mayor, eight Sangguniang Bayan Members, Liga President, SB Secretary, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers and DILG Provincial Staff.

On the first day of the training, Nelly L. Rentoy, President of the Provincial Councilors League delivered a message encouraging the newly minted and re-elected members to help each other in order to have a harmonious working relationship.  It was followed then with discussions of three topics such as The Concept of Development and Local Legislation discussed by Corazon F. Paguntalan, Local Government Operations Officer of the Municipality of San Lorenzo, Guimaras;  Codal Provisions Affecting Local Legislation discussed by a local legislation specialist and a former Local Government Operations Officer Gloria Alfeche and aside from legislation topics, Ms. Ely Lazaro discussed also social graces focused on the general behavior and attitude that may help improve rendering services to the public.

On the second day Governor Samuel T. Gumarin of the Province of Guimaras was able to come to the activity and gave a short message.  He stressed on the problems that need to be addressed in line with the anticipated economic development of the Province of Guimaras as Agri-Tourism Capital in Region 6.

“The province should be properly and uniquely packaged in order to attract tourists and visitors,” said Gov. Gumarin.  “This activity will push the legislative body into becoming more effective and conscientious in their duty.” Gov. Gumarin added.

Atty. Ferdinand L. Panes, City Director, DILG Iloilo City was the resource speaker on the second day on the topic, Issues and Concerns Affecting Local Legislation.

The last day of the activity was a discussion of topics related to legal and to Executive and Legislative Agenda (ELA) by Atty. Cedric S. Jaranilla and LGOO VI Alan Alvidera, respectively.

In closing, the participants were made to evaluate the conduct of the activity and eighty percent gave an over-all rating of Very Satisfactory.  Their impressions were mostly positive and one of the participants quoted that the training is a key in making government officials more effective in doing duties and responsibilities for the progress of their respective municipalities.
RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6