The Municipality of Mina (Iloilo Province), Bacolod City and the Province of Iloilo’s entries for the Awards for Excellence in Governance through Information and Communications Techonoloy (ICT) for Local Government Units or the eGov Awards were evaluated during the pre-qualifying table assessment on September 3, 2018 at the DILG Regional Office 6, Iloilo City.
“The eGov Awards is an annual search for best practices in local government units in utilizing ICT to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and to its business stakeholders,” said Roselyn Quintana, Chief, Local Government Capability and Development Division (LGCDD).
The Region 6 Pre-Qualifying Team composed of the focal persons from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Cluster Program conducted assessment, review, critiquing and examined the completeness and correctness of the documents for the category that the LGUs have selected to join namely Best in eGOV Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award, Best in eGOV Business Empowerment (G2B) Award, and Best in eGOV Government Inter-Operability (G2G) Award.

The team is also responsible to forward the qualified entries which are complete in form and substance to the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP). Only one winner shall be announced per category per level out of three levels – provincial, city and municipality.
DILG6 eGOV Focal Person Josephus Zotico Deysolong said that the winning LGUs shall receive non-monetary incentives from sponsors in the form of technical and expert mentorship, systems, and applications and a distinct Digital Cities Trophy and a special invitation to present the winning project during the 10th NICP Summit in November 2018 in Naga City.
The entries will be judged based on innovative management, impact, relevance, replication potential and sustainability. The winning LGUs will be asked to share their best practices to other LGUs. Their stories and pictures will also be featured in various publications and these LGUs may also be requested by NICP to speak in national and regional summits.
By drawing attention to the best practices in integrating ICT capabilities and solutions, the different sectors of society, government units are enabled in their roles as catalyst of change.  It is hoped that with the eGOV awards strategy, the country will see the proliferation of revolutionary ICT initiatives that will support clearer, wider and faster access to information in our local government. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

The recent experience of torrential rains along the southern part of Panay Island which caused five (5) casualties in the region became a wakeup call for the LGUs and NGAs involved in disaster preparedness and management in Region 6.
“Ang roles ng LGUs ay napakaimportante. The National Government Agencies (DILG, DOST, NEDA, DSWD and OCD) are working together to help you prepare your LGUs. Kahit walang typhoons, may damage pa rin ang calamities. Like last weekend, tuloy tuloy ang ulan, and it’s just a habagat pero may casualty sa Region 6. Hindi maiiwasan pero as much as possible we are aiming for zero casualty. You have to prepare your community. The purpose of this training is we want to help you to be prepared.”, said DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda during the opening program of a training for trainers entitled “Strengthening the Provincial and Municipal Pool of Trainers under the project Towards a Disaster-Resilient Community: Building the Operational Readiness of Riparian and Inland LGUs in Western Visayas” on July 30, 2018 at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
Five (5) Local Government Units (LGUs) in Region 6 were invited to attend the training for trainers which is a component of a special project funded by DILG and Local Government Academy (LGA) geared towards a Disaster Resilient Community: Building the Operational Readiness of Riparian and Inland Communities in Western Visayas.
According to Nuyda, with the help of LGA, DILG R6 was able to secure the funding for the series of trainings under this project to strengthen the LGUs operational readiness in facing disasters and climate change related hazards of LGUs belonging to the 4th-5th income class.
DILG R6 DRRM Focal Person Giselle Grace Gerial said that the target LGUs were chosen based on the following criteria: 4th-5th class municipality, non-Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) passer, hazard prone, committed to complete the project and willing to provide counterpart fund for the continuation of the project to the remaining barangays.

The 4th-5th class income LGUs were prioritized for this project based on the results of a region-wide survey administered by the Office of the Civil Defense and DILG in 2013 on the capacities to cope with the possible negative impacts of the major hazards. The results of the survey showed that 4th to 5th class municipalities are highly vulnerable to the different hazards affecting the region.
In attendance during the training were the PDRRMO and PDRRM Staff of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo; Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMOs), MDRRMO Staff, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers (MSWDOs), and Municipal Health Officers (MHOs) coming from the municipalities of Malinao, Aklan; Barbaza, Antique; Cuartero, Capiz and Sibunag, Guimaras and San Dionisio, Iloilo.
Local Government Capability and Development Division (LGCDD) Chief Roselyn Quintana said that this training will cover the establishment of search and rescue team, systems for relief and operations, evacuation camp management and establishment of a feasible Early Warning System (EWS). All of these were discussed by a pool of speakers coming from DOST, Philippine Red Cross, DSWD, DILG and MDRRMO-San Jose, Antique.

“However on top of this, we will also be refreshing their skills in coaching so they will be adept to the current coaching trends. They will be the ones to coach their respective LGUs on disaster preparedness and management. We will be banking on content and skills.” added Quintana.
The 5 day training ended on August 3, 2018 and produced 46 well rounded trainers to guide their LGUs to be ready during disasters.
The series of trainings under this project were instrumental for DILG to know what exactly the LGU needs in terms of disaster risk reduction and management. This will form part of the manual which the DILG will draft before the year ends. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

Reference: Region 6 Bureau of Fire Protection Memorandum dated August 31, 2018 re: FO1 Applicants who passed the Physical Agility Test and who will undergo the panel interview. Click here to view details.

0800H 04 September 2018
1 Jhon Paul Cipriano Abajar
2 Luzel Necesario Abria
3 Jenny Ann Magno Adelantar
4  Rona Valdez Agravante
5 Ebert Balquin Agreda
6  Chriscel Pearl Magdael Aguirre
7  Carlo Mamon Alarba
8  Red Jane Alesna Alcarde
 9  Willa Mie Jaranilla Alicante
 10  John Michael Pampliega Alit
 11  Michelle  Penuela  Almeria
 12  Micah Trishia  Esposo  Alojado
 13  Steve  Subestia  Anisco
 14  Katherine  De Juan  Arabia
 15  Lani  Tabingo  Ardales


Read more: List of FO1 Physical Agility Test Passers

Being committed to the mantle of upholding participation, transparency and accountability in local governance, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 joins the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI in the Barangay Development Planning and Management Capacity Enhancement Initiative also referred to as Makilahok.

The partnership in the initiative was etched in stone during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VI represented by Regional Directors Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda and Rebecca P. Geamala respectively last July 25, 2018 at the Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
Makilahok is a capability building project focused on strengthening community participation in local development planning. Anchored on Community-Driven Development approach as advocated by DSWD’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI CIDSS) and the provisions of the 1991 Local Government Code, Makilahok aims to strengthen the capacity of local governments especially the elected barangay officials and officers to integrate community-driven development (CDD) approach in barangay development planning and budgeting. Moreover, Makilahok intends to enhance the local development planning and budgeting process in barangays through CDD-based approach to make it more participatory, transparent, needs-driven, and evidence-based. At the end of the training, the proponents of the initiative believe that there will be an increased in awareness on the effectiveness of CDD-based approach in improving development outcomes in the barangays when integrated or adopted in the preparation, execution, and monitoring of Barangay Development Plan or Annual Investment Programs.
The said initiative will target to train 300 LGUs nationwide. The share of Region VI encompasses 50 Municipalities and 1,250 Barangays with approximately 6,250 participants. It includes separate thematic modules on Participatory Situation Analysis; Community Finance; Community-based Procurement; and Community Monitoring. With an allotted budget of Php. 34.76 million, the entire procedure of the training includes Pre-Training, 3-Day Training, Electronic Learning Management System (ELMS), and Follow-through Activities which will run until the end of December 2018. (LGOO II Mark Joenel F. Castillo, DILG6)