The Municipality of Leganes, Iloilo was declared as the Most PWD (Person with Disability) Friendly Municipality after three months of search and validation. The awarding ceremony took place last August 1, 2017 at the Grand Social Hall of Casa Real de Iloilo, Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City.
The culminating activity of the “Search for the Most PWD-Friendly Municipality” in the Province of Iloilo was held with the theme “Karapatan at Pribilehiyong Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban.” The award was received by Leganes Mayor Adolfo E. Jaen, Mr. Wency Silao, President of PWD Association in the Municipality of Leganes and MLGOO Celia B. Diaz. Concepcion emerged as First Runner-Up and Tigbauan as the Second Runner-Up, both represented by Mr. Johnrey Villarias and Ms. Lilibeth Cajomocan, President of Concepcion and Tigbauan PWD Association respectively.
Seven municipalities participated in the said activity which includes the towns of Tigabuan, Concepcion, Leganes, Pavia, Oton, Cabatuan and Leon. Each Municipality was represented by their Sanguniang Bayan Members and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers.
The Search for the Most PWD-Friendly Municipality was an Inter-Agency effort of PHO, IPPO, Provincial Engineer’s Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Information and Community Affairs office, NGO, DSWD, DILG and Provincial Legal Office. (LGOO II Felita May S. Comuelo & LGOO II Mark Rodjerick L. Panes, DILG6-Iloilo)

The Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Team of DILG-Antique recently conducted a training on the first module of CBMS in the municipalities of Pandan (July 10-14) and Culasi (July 17-21).  Enumerators, coordinators, field editors and LGU personnel attended the training for the implementation of the CBMS.
The CBMS is a poverty monitoring system that collects household and barangay information. “It seeks to determine the nature and extent of poverty in the locality as well as to know who the poor are, where they are and why they are poor. ”said CBMS Focal Person Hennesey Gasataya. The data collected can be used by the LGUs as inputs in the formulation of development plans and poverty reduction programs not just in the municipal level but also at the barangay level.

With a budget of approximately 1M for Culasi and 1.5M for Pandan sourced from the 2016 Bottom-up Budgeting Program (BuB),  and LGU counterpart of 685k for Culasi and 225k  for Pandan, the amount shall cover the purchase of tablets, trainings of the enumerators, field editors and coordinators and the expenses incurred during the entire implementation of the program. Instead of the traditional paper based survey, the CBMS makes use of tablets for data collection. Tablet-based surveys are faster and likelihood of errors is reduced. It also makes use of GPS to capture the exact location of the household interviewed to be used in poverty maps as outputs.

CBMS captures the multidimensional aspects of poverty like health, nutrition, housing, water and sanitation, basic education, income, employment and peace and order which sets it apart from other surveys. CBMS covers a total of five modules- data collection, data processing and poverty mapping, barangay development plan (BDP) formulation, and comprehensive development plan (CDP) formulation.
Nine LGUs in the province included CBMS in their list of priority projects in BUB 2016 and have already completed the first module of CBMS (Belison, Tobias Fornier, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Bugasong, Valderrama, Pandan and Culasi). Other LGUs, however, funded their own CBMS trainings. The municipality of Caluya have completed its 3rd module while Sebaste and Patnongon  started in August. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

Almost 3,000 participants composed of barangay officials, MASA MASID Team members, Social Action Center members, PNP personnel, DILG Regional Office 6 personnel and DILG field officers have shown force during the launching of the Protect Panay and Guimaras Movement.
The launching was initiated by the Social Action Directors of Panay headed by Msgr. Melito B. Oso, Executive Director of Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center (JASAC), in cooperation with the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Police Regional Office VI and Philippine Army on July 10, 2017 at the Iloilo Sports Complex Covered Gymnasium, La Paz, Iloilo City.
Protect Panay and Guimaras Movement believes that it is everybody’s responsibility to protect the sanctity of life and keep Panay and Guimaras safe. The theme of the launching captures beautifully the credo of the movement: HULAG NA: KAUPOD KA!

The movement aims to raise awareness on the reality of the threats of terrorism in the islands of Panay and Guimaras; to be proactively involved in safeguarding and in participating in whatever action that may be taken to protect the sanctity of life and keep Panay and Guimaras safe; and, to be vigilant in protecting Panay and Guimaras not only from terrorism but also from illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
During the launching, the peace and order situation of the Region was presented by PSupt Gilbert T Gorero, RPIO/Deputy Chief, RPCRD, and Col Pio Q. Diñoso III INF (GSC) PA, Commander, 301st Inf Brig, Philippine Army. PCSupt Cesar Hawthorne R Binag, PRO6 Regional Director R6 gave his message of commitment in keeping the region safe.   In her inspirational message, DILG Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua highlighted the unrelenting struggle for genuine and lasting peace.  DILG Iloilo Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay also showed her support through her attendance on the said launching.
The venue was fully occupied with almost 3,000 participants composed of Barangay Officials, MASA MASID Team members, Social Action Center members, PNP personnel, DILG Regional Office VI personnel and DILG field officers.
As expression of solemn pledge to safeguard the sanctity of life and keep Panay and Guimaras safe, the signing of the pledge of commitment was done at the end of the activity. (LGOO IV Charmine T. Galvez, DILG6)

Bravery is the quality of a person who displays courage and fearlessness in the face of danger. This has been the battle cry of one Brgy. Kagawad and seven Brgy Tanod of Brgy. Lampaya in the Municipality of Leon, Iloilo when they fought against those who were believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) last June 20, 2017 at 10:30 in the morning.
These eight brave men were given recognition of their heroism and valor. They are Brgy. Kagawad Benito Cantomayor, Brgy. Tanods Romeo Cabalong, Alejandro Camral, Felix Calfoforo, Arnel Camral, Aquilino Camral, Gorgonio Canto, and Anthony Brylle Calambro.
Iloilo Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr spearheaded the Recognition Ceremony last July 27, 2017 during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at the Conference Hall of Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City. The Governor promised to support and extend whatever help the Provincial Government can offer as a simple gratitude to their heroism. He also urged the members of PPOC and the Provincial Sanggunian to come up with a project for Brgy. Lampaya particularly for the 8 courageous men. Also present during the Recognition Ceremony were DILG Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, Mayor Rolito C. Cajilig of Leon and other members of PPOC.

The 8 were also identified as members of the local group called ALSA MASA. It was organized 25 years ago by former rebels to reinforce the safety and security of their community following the death of a family member who was killed in an encounter against the NPAs. They became an ally of the Philippine Army in protecting their place against the rebels. (LGOO II Felita May S. Comuelo, DILG6-Iloilo)