ROXAS CITY, Capiz - In support of the National Greening Program of President Benigno S. Aquino, III, the Department of the Interior and Local Government of Capiz Province actively participated in the 2013 Oplan Broadcasteering/The Urban Greening Project last September 7, 2013, spearheaded by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas  - Roxas City Chapter.

The KBP – Roxas City Chapter, headed by Ms. Joan Dadivas, together with DILG Capiz and various government agencies worked hand in hand in planning the whole activity. This year’s urban planting site is at Palina River Ecopark, located at Barangay  Cagay, Roxas City.

Participants of the activity were able to plant 3,000 mangove seedlings along the coast of the Palina River. Also present in the said activity were representatives from the Philippine Information Agency, the Philippine Coast Guard, Capiz Emergency Response Team and the Capiz Association of Government Public Information Agency. (LGOO II Marecor M. Diaz, DILG6-Capiz)

ILOILO CITY – On the premise that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been lodged with a significant role in the implementation of the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) program, more specifically on the 2015 run, the DILG Regional Office VI recently conducted a Regional Assessment and Orientation-Workshop on BUB 2013-2015 for its field officers last October 11, 2013 at Iloilo Grand Hotel.

The activity was attended by all the City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) and DILG City/Provincial Directors with City/Provincial BUB Focal Persons. Also invited were the BUB Regional Consultant Celia Matea Flor, CSO Provincial Coordinators and Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) Facilitators.

The activity aimed to assess and update on the status of implementation of BUB 2013-2014, orient field officers on the salient features and guidelines on BUB 2015 implementation, and formulate a Provincial Work Plan as a form of commitment of field officers to assist and facilitate compliance of LGUs of the requirements of BUB.

The program flow of the activity includes: Session 1: Revisiting the BUB Process (Salient Features of JMC No. 1, 2 & 3, series of 2012 and Assessment on BUB 2013-2014) handled by LGOO VI Luz Tenedero and Ms. Sharon Tusalem of DSWD R6; Session 2: Orientation on BUB 2015 Guidelines (Salient Features of JMC No. 1, series of 2013, Critical Timelines and Enhanced BUB Process) handled by ARD Margie A. Biligan and Ms. Sharon Tusalem; and Session 3: Local Monitoring and Evaluation System handled by Ms. Lailanie V. Madriaga of DSWD R6.

CSO Provincial Coordinators and LPRAP Facilitators actively joined the Provincial Clusters in formulating the action plan. The Action Plan, signed by each of the participants, was then presented to the Regional Management as their commitment to ensure a successful BUB implementation.

RD Evelyn A. Trompeta, in her message during the activity, posed a challenge to all that “with the enormous tasks at hand, we must all roll up our sleeves; commit ourselves and work together to achieve convergence, participation and empowerment towards inclusive growth and development.” (LGOO III Aubry F. Fara-on, DILG6)

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- In celebration of the 22nd Local Government Code Anniversary, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 awards the Outstanding Barangay Tanods and Lupong Tagapamayapa Winners of Region VI during a ceremony on October 10, 2013 at the SM City Activity Center. October 10 every year is declared the Local Government Day and the month of October as the Local Government Month, per Presidential Proclamation No. 63, series of 1992.

The Champion for this year’s Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanod Group Category is Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. Barangay V, San Carlos City and Barangay Cabalabaguan, Mina, Iloilo tied as 1st Runner Up and followed by Barangay Nazaret, Buenavista, Guimaras as 2nd Runner Up. All winners received a plaque and cash prize of Php 20,000 for the Champion, Php 15,000 for the 1st Runner Up, and Php 10,000 for the 2nd Runner Up. Among the criteria for the group category are the organizational and functional structure, logistical and financial support, training/skills enhancement, support facilities and equipment, and their accomplishments.

In the Individual Category, Rene B. Moquerio, tanod of Barangay Mabuyong, Anini-y, Antique was declared Champion followed by Desiderio A. Enarciso of Barangay Buluangan, San Carlos City as 1st Runner Up. Both winners received a plaque and cash prize amounting to Php10,000 for the Champion and Php7,000 for the 1st Runner Up. They were rated according to their personal record, recognition/ commendation, records/ accomplishments, exemplary acts, work attitude, skill enhancement, and involvement on community based organizations.

On the other hand, winners for the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards were Barangay Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City for the HUC Category; Barangay Old Sagay, Sagay City for the Component City Category; and Barangay Igbonglo, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique for the 1st to 3rd Class Category. All winners received a plaque and cash award of Php 5, 000.

The Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanod is spearheaded by the Regional Search Committee (RSC) composed of representatives from DILG as the Chair, National Police Commission, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Philippine Public Safety College. The Lupong Tagapamayapa Regional Awards Committee (LTRAC), on the other hand, composed of DILG as Chair, Department of Justice as Co-chair, Regional Peace and Order Council, Liga ng mga Barangay, Regional Trial Court, Iloilo Caucus of Development NGOs, Inc., and German International Cooperation, was on top for the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards.

DILG Region VI continues its efforts in motivating barangay tanods and lupon members to perform at their best and to keep the spirit of volunteerism and valor in public service active. (LGOO III April Mae V. Plazo, DILG6)

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)