ILOILO CITY – Two provinces covered by the Panay River Basin namely Capiz and Iloilo are in alliance to enhance Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptability in local government units.

Initiated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6, the Panay River Basin was institutionalized after the finalization of its Strategic Plan and the signing of Memorandum of Agreement on August 30, 2013.

“The alliance will not be a mere organization but an institutional strategy to help mitigate the effects of disaster and climate change.  It will be a disaster risk reduction climate change adaptation champion,” said Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta.

Local Chief Executive of 26 LGUs in the Panay River Basin attended the MOA signing ceremony.  There are 16 from the province of Capiz and these are Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Mambusao, Maayon, Panay, Panit-an, Pontevedra, Tapaz, Roxas City, Sapian, Sigma and Provincial Government of Capiz . In Iloilo, there are 10 LGUs and these are Ajuy, Batad, Barotac Viejo, Bingawan, Calinog, Lemery, San Dionisio, SanRafael, Sara and Provincial Government of Iloilo.

Aside from the LGUs, the Panay River Basin Alliance is also composed of government agencies.  It includes DILG, Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6), Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6), DENR-6’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-6), Department of Science and Technology (DOST-6), Department of Agriculture (DA-6), Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD-6)National Irrigation Administration (NIA-6), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-6), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP-6) and the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) of the Philippine Army.

The Panay River Basin is one of the 18 priority river basins in the country, due to its magnitude.  In region 6, there are 3 identified including Jalaur River Basin in Iloilo and Ilog-Hilabangan River in Negros island.(RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

SAN JOSE, Antique – In line with the implementation of Bottom Up Budgeting (BuB), DILG Provincial Office in Antique and Guimaras conducted a workshop on BuB Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for 2013 projects on August 5, 2013 at Adelaide Tourist and Travelers Inn, San Jose, Antique.

Highlighting Empowerment of the Poor Program, BuB mobilizes national government agencies to become more responsive to local needs.  This is through strengthening devolution of services, incentivizing local governance reforms and empowering citizenry.

A framework of the monitoring and evaluation tool was made during the workshop as an output by recipient local government units from Culasi, Bugasong, Caluya, Patnongon, Laua-an, San Remigio and Hamtic of Antique and San Lorenzo and Nueva Valencia of Guimaras.

It was participated by the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Municipal Budget Officers, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers, Co-Chair of MPRAT, 2 Civil Society Organization Representatives and 2 members of Project Monitoring Team.  DILG, LGUs and CSOs forge covenant on good governance and sustainable development.

Invited speakers were LGOO V Anna Lee Mostacho, DILG BUB Focal Person; Ms. Sharon Tusalem from DSWD; CSO Provincial Coordinator of Antique Ms. Marilou Llavan; and CSO Provincial Coordinator of Iloilo Mr. Sandy Mecuando III.

Topics discussed were on BUB Concepts, Principles, Objectives, Expected Outputs and Performance Indicators, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Setting Up the Local M & E, Practicum in Setting Up local M&E system and Citizens-Led Monitoring Project.(LGOO II Danille Marie M. Osorio, Dilg-Antique)

ILOILO CITY-Stakeholders from the public and private sectors in Region 6 believe that the Sangguniang Kabataan should undergo reform to become more effective in promoting youth leadership.

This was the consensus of the participants in a public consultation conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 held August 23, 2013 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel.

DILG Regional Director Evelyn A. Trompeta said that the public consultation addressed the different views on SK such as to institute reforms to the structure and delivery systems or to abolish the SK.

Present during the consultation were representatives of youth organizations, leagues of the local government units, national government agencies, academe, non-government organizations and league of Sangguniang Secretaries and Local Planners.

The participants were divided into Focused Group Discussions to streamline the issues and concerns and arrived at a consensus.(RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

The landmark legislation on local autonomy and decentralization known as the Local Government Code will mark its 22nd year of implementation on October 10, 2013. Over the years we have witnessed the emergence of good local governance practices, improvement of citizen's participation, accountability and transparency and the remarkable change in local government leadership, all of which could be attributed to the implementation of the Local Government Code of 1991.

In recognition of the spirit of volunteerism in the management of peace and order, public safety and disaster risk reduction and management, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG VI) will highlight the 22nd celebration of the Local Government Code with the awarding ceremony of the Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanods.

The Search for the Outstanding Barangay Tanod aims to provide incentives and awards to the best performing Barangay Tanods (individual and group), strengthen the volunteer system and auxiliary network between and among public and private responders; strengthen the peace and order monitoring system; enhance disaster preparedness of barangays and provide a vehicle for improvement of skills, knowledge and techniques in pursuit of the preservation of peace and order and public safety.  Moreover, the search aims to provide a venue for generation of and replication of best practices at the barangay level.

All duly appointed Tanod individuals (male or female) and groups between ages18-60 years old may join the search.  The search has three categories: Individual, Group and Heroism

The Regional Search Committee is composed of the representatives of the DILG as chairperson and members coming from the PNP, BJMP, BFP, NAPOLCOM and PPSC-RTS.  The selection of nominees at the provincial and HUC level will start on July 22, 2013 until July 30, 2013 while the evaluation of the nominees by the Regional Search Committee will be on August 19, 2013 until August30, 2013. (LGOO II Nikko L. Chua, DILG6)