The Regional Assessment Team of the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region VI together with the different bureaus of the DILG conducted the Regional Assessment on the Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanod in Barangay Maybato North in San Jose, Antique.

Barangay Maybato North is the official nominee of the Municipality of San Jose, Antique in the group category. The Regional Evaluation started at 9:00 A.M. on August 19, 2014, as Hon. Manuel Winston Mission, Punong Barangay of Barangay Maybato North welcomed the Regional Assessment Team headed by Mr. Ted Cabañero.  Hon. Ferdinand L. Viesca, Chairman of Committee on Peace and Order led the introduction of the Barangay Tanods. Hon. Rony L. Molina, Municipal Mayor of San Jose de Buenavista extended his support and hopes to replicate the strengthening of barangay tanod efforts to the other barangays of the municipality.

The assessment kicked off with the inspection of ranks, followed by demonstration of handcuffing and arrest techniques, self-defense, rescue, first aid and firefighting. The Regional Assessment Team then interviewed the Punong Barangay and the Barangay Officials of Maybato North. A medical mission was conducted in the afternoon to the barangay tanods and their immediate families. Hon. Felix Saldajeno, SB Chairman on Peace and Order gave the closing remarks. (ADA IV Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

Sagay City is among the top 5 cities in the Philippines with the highest ranking when it comes to citizen’s satisfaction based on the Citizen’s Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The CSIS, a component of the Local Governance Watch program which was launched in 2012, aims to gather citizens’ perspectives or views on the reach and quality of basic public services on eight (8) service delivery areas such as Health Services, Basic Education Services, Social Welfare Services, Governance and Response, Public Works and Infrastructure, Environmental Management, Agricultural Support Services, and Tourism Promotion Services.

It is a tool which applies quantitative research methods through actual surveys involving field interviews with residents in selected barangays of the target sites. This system gives every citizen equal chances of being selected as interviewee to provide feedback regarding a particular location regardless of socio-economic background, political or ideological orientation and beliefs, as well as distance from the seat of local government. The CSIS specifically probes into citizens’ awareness and availment of local services as well as their appreciation and satisfaction by which these services were provided.

The survey was conducted during the 1st quarter of 2014 by the Research Department of the University of St. La Salle, one of the identified Local Resource Institute (LRI) partners of DILG for Negros Occidental. Sagay was among the 5 cities in Western Visayas identified for CSIS assessment after it was included in the top 50 cities during the 2013 National Competitiveness Survey.

The top cities with highest ranking on citizen’s satisfaction include Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental, Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, and Sagay City, Negros Occidental. (LGOO IV Mary Eden V. Yap, DILG6)

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)