More than being an annual awarding ceremony, Pagdayaw 2014 highlighted its relevance as its theme “Edging-out Challenges.  Enriching Collaboration.  Exemplifying Commitment” focuses on the new direction for the DILG 6 and the Local Government Units as champions of good local governance.  The Pagdayaw 2014 was held on December 16, 2014 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel.

“This year’s theme is in line with the new perspective we wanted to usher for the Local Government Units and the DILG Region 6 that even through our rough and valuable experiences in the previous years, with the systems and mechanisms in place, we are ready to move beyond promoting excellence in local governance,” DILG Regional Director Anthony Nuyda said.

“We are transcending the practice of good governance.  We believe that with the mechanisms in place and the systems on top, we now make things easy.” RD Nuyda added.

Pagdayaw serves as a venue to give recognition and to showcase the innovations and best practices of the local government units and DILG personnel and offices in Western Visayas towards excellence in local governance through awards systems such as the Excellence in Local Governance Awards or popularly known as EXCELL Awards and the Personnel Incentives for Service and Novelty or PISAN Awards.

“This is not only the time to give recognition to the winners but also the opportunity to say thank you for doing your jobs well as public officials and as public servants.” said Ms. Celia Matea R. Flor, a Good Governance Practitioner and keynote speaker in the said affair.

“We chose what we are now as we are here in the government….thank you for keeping your promises, for holding trust and keeping faith in God because these are the qualities we lack for good government and good governance.” Matea added.

Pagdayaw is the most anticipated affair of the DILG Region 6 to be graced by the presence of the local chief executives and functionaries, head of the national government agencies in the region, stakeholders and partners and the DILG Region 6 personnel and retirees.  Attendance for the 2014 PAGDAYAW was around 531.

Part also of the program was the narrative presentation of the DILG Region 6 accomplishments dubbed as the Stories of Six. (ADAS III Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

Iloilo City – Aimed at ensuring the smooth implementation of Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) for FY 2016, the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) – 6 conducted a series of Provincial Orientation-Workshop for Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRATs) in the region, focusing on the basic tenets of DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 5 and other pertinent policies and guidelines for BUB 2016.

The said JMC No. 5 prescribes the conduct of various activities, including the CSO Assemblies and LPRAP Planning Workshops. This is to ensure the inclusion of the LGU’s priority poverty reduction projects in the FY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Province

Date of LPRAT Orientation

Venue

Guimaras

November 20, 2014

GTIC Hall, Jordan, Guimaras

Antique

November 21, 2014

CAP Building, San Jose, Antique

Aklan

November 25-26, 2014

Kalibo County Inn, Kalibo, Aklan

Iloilo (with Iloilo City)

November 27-28, 2014

Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City

Negros Occidental (inc. Bacolod City)

December 1-2, 2014

Nature’s Village, Talisay City

Capiz

December 11-12, 2014

Nesta’s Hilltop Hotel, Roxas City, Capiz

 

Participants to the orientation-workshop were the Local Chief Executives as the Chair of the LPRAT, CSO Vice-Chairs, SB Chairs on Appropriation, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Municipal Budget Officers, C/MLGOOs, two (2) CSO Signatories to the LPRAP and two (2) other CSO representatives.

 

Now on its 4th year, BUB continues to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for local development needs as identified at the local level in the budget proposals of participating agencies. In Region 6, the total BUB allocation is Php 2,177,000,000.00 distributed to the provinces as follows:

 

                                    AKLAN                                  Php 255,000,000.00

                                    ANTIQUE                              Php 270,000,000.00

                                    CAPIZ                                                Php 255,000,000.00

                                    GUIMARAS                          Php   75,000,000.00

                                    ILOILO                                  Php 674,000,000.00

                                    NEGROS OCC.                     Php 648,000,000.00


Super Typhoon Yolanda has ravaged the landscape of the region last November 8, 2013 and five months after, the DILG earmarked P200 Million of recovery fund through the DILG Recovery Assistance on Yolanda or RAY.  A year after, 54 structures are already completed, 13 are at about 80% and above completion rate and are expected to be completed by the month ends.  The remaining projects are already in full-swing of implementation and expected to be completed before the year ends.

A total ofP168 Million have been released last April 11, 2014 to the 68 LGUs from the Provinces of Aklan (16), Antique (10), Capiz (17), Iloilo (21) and Negros Occidental (4).  The fund is intended for the reconstruction/rehabilitation of city/ municipal halls, public markets and civic centers with the provision of the Build Back Better (BBB) scheme to ensure that the reconstructed structures are already disaster-resilient.   The remaining amount covers the 2nd tranche of release for LGUs implementing above P3 Million worth of project.

The RAY fund is among the immediate response of the National Government implemented by the DILG to rehabilitate the partially-damaged municipal and city infrastructures in the region.  This is to complement the on-going recovery efforts initiated by the National Government.

“The Municipality of Sebaste is very grateful for the DILG for granting 6.5M for the rehabilitation/improvement of our municipal hall.  Without their (DILG) valuable help, the local government unit will be hard pressed in rehabilitating our municipal building.  This grant, allowed the LGU to allocate other projects intended to deliver basic services to the constituents of Sebaste,” said Mayor Jose Christopher Varona, Sebaste, Antique.

Sebaste, Antique is one of the LGUs covered by the DILG-RAY Fund and are currently completing the rehabilitation of the municipal hall.

Iloilo Police Provincial Office, supported by the Iloilo Provincial Government forged a partnership with DILG-Iloilo in liberating the province of illegal drugs through a series of Drug Clearing Operations.  Out of 1,721 barangays in the Province, 375 have been identified by the PNP as drug-affected.  Through Drug-clearing operations, Chiefs of Police and LnB Presidents from municipalities, selected Punong Barangays and DILG Field Officers convened for lectures on standard drug-clearing procedures, discussed critical next steps and reviewed the roles and responsibilities of the PNP, DILG and local officials in the campaign against illegal drug use and trade

The first leg of the operations was attended by participants from 5th district municipalities held last September 9, 2014 at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Conference Room. The second leg ran last October 7, 2014 at the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, Santa Barbara, Iloilo, with attendees from the 2nd and 4th districts.

DILG Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay shares that with the number of barangay officials involved in drug-related issues, it is but fitting to hold activities of this nature to reorient local officials of their responsibilities and remind them of the disciplinary actions in nonperformance of duties and violation of the law. She added that barangay officials should recognize their vital and critical participation in the battle against illegal substance abuse trade. IPPO Provincial Director Senior Supt. Cornelio Salinas meanwhile aims to crackdown on high-profile illegal drug personalities with the cooperation of barangay officials. (LGOO III Lovely May P. Robles, DILG6-Iloilo)