Consistent with the thrust of the present administration towards building a strong republic, there is a need to strengthen the capability of the Barangay Tanods as frontliners in addressing the peace and order concerns in the locality.  The present challenges, along the area of peace and order that the country confronts today, underscore the need to strengthen community-based mechanisms and citizen’s involvement in the government’s initiatives of ensuring peace and safety.  Tanods serve as the frontliners in the fight against lawlessness crime and terrorism.  Their professionalization, therefore, as agents of peace and development is a primordial concern.

The Barangay may provide for the organization of a community brigade, Barangay Tanod or community service as may be necessary to assist in the peace and order efforts of the local government units.

The spirit of volunteerism and unwavering concern for the community deserves to be recognized and honored.  For the past nine years, the Regional Management Coordinating Committee of the DILG has institutionalized the Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanods.  Hence, in order to continue the gains of the Search, the RMCC again conducted the 2016 Search and the awarding ceremony was held on October 17, 2016 at the SM City Activity Center, Iloilo City.

Generally, the Search aimed to recognized the best performing Barangay Tanods in the whole Western Visayas region, in the pursuit of implementation and management of peace and order, public safety, and disaster risk and management programs through the initiatives of the DILG Family agencies (DILG, NAPOLCOM, PNP, BFP, BJMP and PPSC-Regional Training Center) and local government units.

The recognition and awarding of 306 local government units (LGUs) that have passed the test of good local governance will highlight the culminating activity of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Local Government Code (LGC) tomorrow(October 27, 2016) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno said this year’s celebration is a ‘huge milestone’, as it celebrates significant breakthroughs and exemplary performance in the 25-year journey of local governance.

“We find a deeper meaning in this year’s celebration because while we have achieved a lot in terms of empowering and making local government units (LGUs) more self-reliant, we need to set our sights on further strengthening local autonomy under a federal system of government,”said Sueno.

One of the highlights of the activity is the conferment of the much-coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) to 306 provinces,cities and municipalities for their notable performance and service delivery set across several areas.

The SGLG awardees will receive an incentive fund called Performance Challenge Fund which they can use for the implementation of local development projects.

Twelve outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa will likewise be awarded for their remarkable practice as indigenous conflict resolution mechanism in the barangays.

Moreover, two new programs will be launched by the Local Government Academy: the Innovative Solutions Bank which aims to document and replicate best practices at the LGU level; and the Mentoring for Optimal Leadership and Development (MOLD) program for local chief executives, which is part of the Newly-Elected Officials Orientation program.

There will also be a commitment signing by the different LGUs on the Streamlining Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) online system process, as well as the turnover of the Public Financial Management Manuals and Tools to LGU leagues.

According to Sueno, this year’s theme,“LGC@25: Pagsulong,Progreso,Pagbabago”,is a call to all LGUs to continue their pursuit of performance excellence in local governance and development.

The LGC, a landmark piece of legislation passed in 1991, ushered in a new era of empowering LGUs to become partners in national development and conduits for grassroots-level democracy and community participation, vigilance and volunteerism in pursuit of local development.

Presidential Proclamation No. 63 (series of 1992) has declared October as the Local Government Month, the second week of October as the Local Government Week and the 10th day of October as the Local Government Day in the Philippines, in commemoration of the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991. (credits: http://dilg.gov.ph/news/DILG-fetes-306-LGU-good-performers-on-25th-Local-Government-Code-anniversary-/NC-2016-1190 )

LIST OF AWARDEES (NATIONWIDE)

LIST OF AWARDEES (REGION 6)

The Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) composed of the participating National Government Agencies conducts a meeting every quarter of each fiscal year in order to monitor the progress of the implementation of the BuB projects and to address other issues regarding the program. JMC No. 7 requires the RPRAT to provide support and guidance to LGUs throughout the BUB process to monitor and evaluate the performance of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) and the implementation of BUB projects. Moreover, National Budget Memorandum No. 121 and Joint Memorandum Circular No. 7 provide that all RPRATs shall meet every quarter to review the status of implementation of BUB projects.  For the 3rd quarter of this year, the RPRAT conducted its meeting last September 27, 2016 at MO2 Westown Hotel, Iloilo City. The meeting was attended by the major stakeholders of BuB.

The main agenda of the 3rd Quarter RPRAT meeting is to monitor the delivery rate of each implementing agency. Also discussed during the meeting were the possible ways to fast track the implementation of the projects. Each agency were given the chance to report the status of the physical and financial progress of their implementation as well as to address the concerns of the LGUs raised to the RPRAT.

Ms. Bernadette Ang and Mr. Jett Anthony Wong from the Bureau of Treasury (BOT) Regional Office VI were also invited to discuss the process, details and nature of releases of the budget for the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) projects. They emphasized that the BOT is directly communicating with the LGUs on the release of BuB-LGSF funds.

Lailanie Madriaga of DSWD Regional Office VI also gave an orientation on the Accreditation of Civil Society Organizations as Implementing and/or Beneficiary Entities of Government or Public Funds. She discussed the process on how implementing and beneficiary CSOs are accredited and the required documents needed for the entire accreditation process.

LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on, DILG BuB Regional Focal Person,  presented the accomplishment of Region VI from BuB 2014 to BuB 2016. She also discussed the Assistance to the Disadvantaged Municipalities Program’s (ADMP) Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1. With the issuance of the new JMC on ADMP, BuB will be on its last phase this 2016 but it’s implementation will continue alongside the planning of ADMP. The RPRAT fully supports the ADMP and will further extend its help to fully implement the remaining BuB projects to be able to achieve inclusive growth.

As to the funding for Negros Island Region (NIR), DBM Regional Director Alfonso Bedonia pointed out that, “We have to work it out with Negros Island Region when it comes to the transfer of funds. We need to devise a transfer mechanism so we can have the exact accomplishment status of Region VI. Our accomplishment as of the moment is still being affected by NIR because the money is still coming from us. Since they already established their own RPRAT, it would be best if they will already take charge of the monitoring and the liquidation process of their projects.” (Destiny B. Binobo ,RPMT-DILG6)

All barangays are set to conduct the 2nd barangay assembly on October 9, 2016 with the theme: “Para sa Isang Tunay na Pagbabago, Mag-MASID, Makisali at Makiisa sa Isang Maka-MASAng Asembleya”.  This is in consistent to Proclamation No. 260 issued on September 11, 2011 declaring every second Sunday of October as Barangay Assembly.

The barangay assembly is an institutionalized mechanism to ensure maximum peoples participation in barangay governance.  A showcase of barangay assembly day is to be held at Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Malay, Aklan.

All barangays are to undertake activities on the day of the assembly such as delivery of the State of the Barangay Address and discuss barangay compliance to national laws and issuances and issues and concerns affecting the barangay.

The Faith-Based Organizations within the barangay, Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), civil society and other community organizations are also enjoined to take part in the assembly by discussing their involvement in project monitoring and evaluation and in the advocacy for good local governance.

Enclosed in DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-124, SILG Sueno instructed the barangay officials to conduct public awareness activities within the barangay in order to cause the participation of barangay constituents such as but not limited to medical or dental mission, putting up of tiangge, and cultural presentations. Likewise, the hanging of barangay assembly posters or banners in conspicuous places like the barangay hall, plaza, main streets, market or talipapa and in any tricycle, jeepney or bus terminal in the locality is suggested to further the dissemination of information on the conduct of the barangay assembly.