The Municipality of Nueva Valencia is one of the five municipalities of Guimaras and can be reached by taking a 15-minute ferry ride from the City of Iloilo to Jordan Wharf.  From Jordan Wharf, one could take a 22-kilometer jeepney ride to Brgy.  Poblacion, Nueva Valencia where the Municipal Hall is situated.

Classified as a 3rd class municipality by the Department of Finance in 2008, Nueva Valencia is known as the tourist capital of the Province of Guimaras because of its well-known white sand beaches and islets.

Public markets are not just places of commerce. The spin-off benefits of markets are numerous. Markets provide economic opportunity, encourage development, and keep money   in the local neighborhood. Public markets also offer low-risk business opportunities for vendors and retailers. From increasing access to fresh, healthy food to providing important revenue streams, markets positively impact local businesses, governments and residents. But, perhaps most importantly is the way markets serve as public gathering places for people from different cultural and socioeconomic communities. As one of the few places where people comfortably gather and meet, markets are our neighborhoods’ original civic centers.

Recognizing Nueva Valencia’s good performance in internal housekeeping particularly in areas of development planning, sound financial management, transparency, accountability and valuing performance monitoring, the LGU was awarded with a Seal of Good Housekeeping in 2012 and a Performance Challenge Fund project worth One Million Pesos (Php 1 M).

The One Million Pesos (PhP 1 M) fund was used in the Construction of the Public Market at the Tarabuan area at Barangay Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.  “Tarabuan” is a dialect for “a meeting place or a place where people meet”.  Tarabuan Market was also given the amount of Eight Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 800,000.00) as a Seal of Good Housekeeping awardee in 2011.

Situated along the National Highway the market is adjacent to the Municipal Hall, Public Plaza, Tourism Center, Rural Health Unit, Church and Nueva Valencia Central School.

The Tarabuan Public Market is likewise strategically accessible to the 22 barangays of the municipality. The market provides stall facilities to local business operators engaged in food and beverage trading to accommodate the needs of the Local Government Unit (LGU), local residents, households, transport sectors as well as the local and foreign tourists.

Successful public markets are more than just business enterprises; they are public spaces that bring together diverse people, shape communities and economies for the better.

Buenavista, a 2nd class municipality and one of the five towns comprising the Province of Guimaras is composed of 7 urban  and 29 rural barangays with a total land area of 12,826 hectares. It has a terrain varying from plain hilly to mountains and bounded by the sea on the three directions that contributes for a mild and cool climate.

Located at the Northern tip of the Guimaras Island, the Northwestern part of the town overlooks the Panay Island while the Northeastern portion faces Negros.  It is approximately 2 miles away from Iloilo City and 6 miles from Negros.  It is cut by the Iloilo Strait from the former and Guimaras Strait from the latter.

The Municipality of Buenavista aims to provide a safe, efficient and comfortable transfer of passengers with various modes of transportation. Thus, the construction of the Passenger Terminal Building in the wharf area - a Port Development Project, materialized. The Buenavista Wharf is located at Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Buenavista, Guimaras and was subsidized from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) project amounting to P1M and P1,082,000.00 from the LGU counterpart. The construction of the Passenger Terminal Building included concrete works, roof framing and roofing.

 Passenger terminals require relatively minor equipment as the main objective is for mobility so passengers may readily access Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs), Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs), Tricycles and motorcycles. The amount of time passengers spend in the terminal has been shortened since PUJs/PUVs are already waiting in line for traveling passengers.  Once the PUJ/PUV is full to capacity, it leaves the terminal to take its intended route.  Concrete benches form part of the passenger terminal and serves as a waiting area for the passengers.    The terminal building also gives temporary relief from the extreme heat of the sun for commuters who take refuge under it

No problems were encountered during the construction of the passenger terminal.  It has benefitted local residents, commuters, drivers, vendors, tourists and everyone else who pass by the area and make use of the amenities the passenger terminal building provides.

Satisfied benefactors are likewise happy with the project as Ronie Tolones, a tricycle driver said “…gadayaw guid ako sa Passenger Terminal Building kay tanan ya nga naga agi sa wharf maka benepisyo guid sa ini nga proyekto.”     Meanwhile, Razil Jayopelin, a daily commuter has this to say:    “Mag-ulan man ukon mag-init indi na problema kay ang balantayan jeep may ara na pwede mapasilungan.” (LGOO II Charmine T. Galvez, DILG6-Guimaras)

Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Public Safety Atty. Peter Irving C. Corvera and Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda distributed checks to recipient local government units on May 22, 2014.

More than jubilating for its 22nd Founding Anniversary, the province of Guimaras has another reason to celebrate as DILG handed P20M worth of PCF and SALINTUBIG Projects.

The recipient LGUs for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) projects CY 2013 are the Municipalities of Buenavista, Jordan, Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo and Sibunag with a grant of P1 Million each while the Province of Guimaras received P7 Million. The Municipality of Jordan also received Php 8 Million for the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa lahat (SALINTUBIG) Project for CY 2013.

The PCF is an incentive facility provided to Seal of Good Housekeeping passer LGUs.  The fund supports the LGU program and projects in the aim of attaining the Medium Development Goal (MDG), Local Economic Development (LED), Disaster Risk Reduction Management – Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM-CCA) and Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM).  On the other hand, the SALINTUBIG program aims to provide potable and safe water to waterless communities.

The checks were received by the Municipal Mayors together with their respective Municipal Local Government Operations Officers.  The distribution was witnessed by Hon. Congressman JC Rahman A. Nava, MD, Hon. Governor Samuel T. Gumarin, MD, MPH, Hon. Vice Governor Vicente De Asis, DILG Asst. Regional Director Margie A. Biligan and Provincial Director Roy D. Defiño. (LGOO II Charmine T. Galvez, DILG6-Guimaras)

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas visited the Province of Negros Occidental on May 15, 2014.  The SILG along with other secretaries accompanied President Benigno Aquino III in the inauguration of the country’s first commercial scale solar plant in San Carlos City, and a bridge and access road in Sagay City.

After the President left, DILG Secretary Roxas stayed for the rest of the afternoon for several activities.  He visited and conducted an on-site inspection of the Barangay Health Station and Birthing Facility of Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, Negros Occidental which is one of the joint projects funded under the 2011 Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and the City Government of Talisay.  He held a dialogue with the Barangay and City Officials and basic sectors of the said barangay through a “Pulong-pulong kaupod ang pumuluyo sang Barangay Dos Hermanas.”  This short program highlighted the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) of DILG.

“Ara guid kami sa inyo tupad…indi guid namon kamo pagpabay-an.  Ululupod kita sa isa kadalan padulong sa kauswagan” said Roxas in a local dialect, whose mother came from Bago City.  In his short message, he gave emphasis to PNoy’s administration slogan “Matuwid na Daan.”

Also present in the “Hinun-anon (Dialogue)” are Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan, DILG Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG Assistant Regional Director Margie A. Biligan, DILG Provincial Director Ma. Joy Maredith R. Madayag and DILG Field Officers, and Barangay Officials of Dos Hermanas headed by Punong Barangay Fernando Dolendo and the barangay residents.

The SILG graced several occasions, one of which is the turn-over of about 998 hand-held radios which costs about P20,000.00 each for a total of more or less P20 million pesos to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). Secretary Roxas also attended a fellowship dinner with Mayors and other local officials led by Negros Occidental Governor Marañon together with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose V. Lacson.  The governor has articulated his wish for Secretary Mar to make up his mind and consider to run in the 2016 presidential election.

Moreover, Sec. Roxas also took part in the presscon regarding the arrest of the number one most wanted in Western Visayas, former Punong Barangay Noel O. Ayalin of Barangay Kapitan Ramon.
(LGOO II Pierra Fuentespina, DILG6 - Negros Occidental)