In commemoration of the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Iloilo City holds a Landmark Lighting Ceremony in the Iloilo Convention Center last August 8, 2017.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog together with DILG 6 Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua led the switch-on activity of the landmark lanterns in front of the Iloilo Convention Center. The Lighting Ceremony was held simultaneously in various local government units across the country.

The event was attended by Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, Councilors Jeffrey Ganzon and Candace Tupas and Liga ng Barangay President Reyland Hervias together with the heads of various National Government agencies namely; PIA 6 Regional Director Atty. Janet Mesa, BJMP 6 Asst. Regional Director Gilbert Peremne, PNP City Director Remus Caniezo and DILG City Director Atty. Ferdinand Panes.  Also in the said event were Iloilo City department heads, employees, volunteers and representatives of different government agencies.

The Mayor said that the event was essential to inform the public about ASEAN, its importance and the huge benefits to be derived from the harmonious relationship among member countries in the ASEAN region.

On behalf of the DILG, Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua expressed appreciation to the City Mayor’s acceptance to take the lead in the lighting of the ASEAN Landmark Lanterns done in 50 cities in the country representing 50 years of unity. Asst Director Sardua also stated that the theme; “Partnering for Change Engaging the World” resonates with the Philippine Government’s advocacy to promote unity and peace among ASEAN members.

The event ended with the performance of Tribu Salognon of the Jaro National High School, the grand champion of this year’s Dinagyang Festival.(LGOO II Nikko L. Chua, DILG6-Iloilo City)

The last leg of the “Hinun-anon”, a stakeholder’s forum led by DILG was held last April 7, 2017 at the CAP Building, San Jose Antique. The activity which was dubbed as “Hinun-anon”, a local term for consultation hopes to engage key players in the implementation of the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program as well as to identify gaps in the whole process.

The BUB is a program was introduced in 2013 as another mechanism in the budgeting process that allowed groups in the grassroots level, usually led by civil social organizations through the local government units to identify priority poverty reduction programs to be funded by the national government. This is the opposite of the traditional top-down budgeting.

The forum was participated by the MLGOOs, BuB Focal Persons, MPDCs/ Municipal Engineers and the LPRAT Co-Chairs representing the CSOs of the 18 municipalities in the province.
“I hope you will not lose interest in BUB. There will be no BUB projects for 2017 but we need to finish the 2014-2016 projects.” said DILG Regional Director Anthony Nuyda.
“Out of 738 BUB projects in the Province of Antique for 2014-2016, 530 projects were marked as ongoing and completed and 208 projects are non-moving” said Norman Aparente,Assistant Technical Senior Staff of the BUB Project Management Office during his discussion on the status of BUB implementation as of the 4th quarter of 2016.
The activity served as a knowledge sharing forum since the participants had an opportunity to exchange and share their stories on BuB implementation in their respective areas.  A partner agency representative in the implementation of the program, Marilou Llavan of the National Anti-Poverty Commission Provincial (NAPCP) gave assurances that the program has built-in mechanisms that protect it from corruption, such as a grievance system.

The forum became an avenue for the participants to raise their concerns and give suggestions to the representatives of National Government Agencies (NGAs). Those present were representatives of DA, DOH, NIA, DepED, NAPC and BFAR.  Questions were raised on the following issues: 1) Unclear guidelines of agencies on project implementation; 2) different fund transfer scheme per agency; 3)Dropped projects; 4) Delays in the implementation of projects; 5) Lacking documentary requirements; 6) delay in downloading of funds (2ndtranch); 7) Change of project titles; 8) Projects completed but funds are still not downloaded and 9) No coordination or lack thereof between concerned agencies and LGU representatives, among others.

Contrary to the past administration's budget, there will be no more funds allotted for the bottom-up budgeting (BUB) project in the 2017 budget but poor municipalities will be given funds under the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program.

“What we did in BUB, we will continue in ADM” said Aparente.Although there are similarities, ADM is quite distinct in terms of its objectives, type of projects, eligibility for funding, projects identification scheme, and budget allocation per local government unit (LGU).

ADM is a program under DILG which seeks to equitably assist all municipalities in the delivery of basic services by providing financial subsidy for the implementation of their priority programs and projects. Projects to be identified must be culled from any of the existing plans of the municipality to ensure evidence-based decision process. Projects to be implemented under ADM are limited to Local Access Roads, Water System Projects, Evacuation Facilities and Small Water Impounding Projects. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

DAO, Capiz- In the past, the absence of a functional drainage system worsens the flooding along low-lying barangays of Poblacion Ilaya and Poblacion  Ilawod.  Futhermore, the absence of water outlet cause rain water stagnation which cause diseases and expose the people to dirty rainwaters in the community.

Confronting with these problems, the local government unit has identified the construction of drainage system to improve the condition. However, as much as to the desire of the local officials to implement the project identified, the municipality is financially constrained to make their plans into a reality.

In 2015, the municipal government was able to secure financial support for the drainage project through the Bottom-up Budgeting.  The said project was implemented with a total allocation of Php 3,423,500.00.

The completion of said project has minimized the occurrence of flooding during rainy season. Municipal roads are well drained and the presence of elevated foot walks makes a significant improvement on the quality of life in the community.  Since there is an efficient drainage, stagnation of water is addressed which minimizes the occurrence of water borne diseases in the community.

More than 5,000 of the population benefits this flood control project. The people and the municipal officials of said town were thankful for the financial support extended by the DILG.

To ensure the project sustainability, the municipal officials and barangay officials will involve the community in implementing proper waste disposal to prevent deterioration and clogging of the drainage. (LGOO III Erwin Bonifacio, DILG6-Capiz)

ILOILO City – Local government units in Region 6 were urged and guided on how to align their provincial and municipal plans, on projects, programs and activities (PPAs) to the goals and vision of the national government.
The Western Visayas Region was the first in the Philippines to conduct the Regional Workshop on National/Regional Strategic Priorities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Alignment on August 1-2, 2017.

The activity aimed to ensure that the plans formulated and proposed by the LGUs are coherent with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 or the Presidential Agenda, which was anchored on Ambisyon Natin 2040 – the national long term vision of the government.

The SDG goals, targets and indicators were likewise incorporated into the recently approved PDP.

“We don’t want to make plans just for the sake of making them. We want our plans to be anchored on the vision of the national government. We want to come up with relevant PPAs,” urged Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, DILG 6 Regional Director.

Ninety-four (94) participants from the local government units, DILG and other National Government Agencies participated in the two-day workshop conference held at MO2 Westown Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Participants from the LGUs were the members of the Executive Committee of the Provincial Government which include Provincial Governors or their representatives, selected municipal and city mayors, chairmen on appropriation of Sanggunian Panlalawigan, Planning and Development Coordinators and Civil Service Organization Representatives.

Provincial Directors, Cluster Leaders, Program Managers and SDG Focal Persons, on the other hand, comprised the participants from the DILG Region 6. Personnel from the DILG Regions 7, 8 and 9, and the National Security Council also attended the activity to observe the event proceedings and took note of the issues that arose and recommendations formed thereof.

Representatives from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) also facilitated one of the workshops, observed the event proceedings and assisted in the overall conduct of the activity.

Ms. Jenifer G. Galorport, Division Chief of the Local Development Planning Division of the Bureau of Local Governance Development (BLGD) of the DILG Central opened the sessions with her discussion on the DILG Local Development Strengthening Initiative, with stress on how the Local Development Councils (LDCs) can help strengthen and be strengthened by the alignment process.

NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon discussed the National Priority Development Strategies and Commitments (Ambisyon Natin, Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plan) and the SDG 2030 Framework with Lessons Learned in Implementing the MDGs.

Philippine Statistic Authority’s Dir. Wilma Guillen, Assistant National Statistician, explained the SDG Targets and Indicators: An Analysis of Data Requirements and Availability. She also identified the issues on the indicators and enumerated recommendations on how such issues can be addressed.

Several topics on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management were also discussed to serve as basis in the planning of PPAs that involve such area.

Undersecretary Vicente M. Agdamag, Deputy Director General of the National Security Council discussed the National Security Policy for the years 2017-2022 and provided the National Situationer on the Risks and Threats faced by the country. Presenting the same topic but on the regional level was Col. Pio Diñoso of the 301st Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

Also tackled was the subject “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Complying with the SENDAI Framework,” which was presented by Civil Defense Officer II Melissa P. Banias of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).
Yet another aim of the activity was to discuss the link between SDG Alignment and the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program, which was formerly known as Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB). Mr. Allen Lopez, Assistant Program Manager of the ADM-BUB of DILG’s OPMO discussed “LDC Strengthening and Its Link to ADM Project Identification” – a complementary topic to that which was earlier discussed by Galorport.
The resource speakers also answered issues and concerns of the participants during the open forum scheduled.

On the second day of the activity, two workshops were conducted to allow the participants hands-on learning on the alignment process. They came up with Accomplished Plan Alignment Matrices to include the SDG Implementation Roadmap that identifies PPAs that are aligned with the SDGs and an Accomplished PDP Alignment Form which contains the list of priority PPAs in the PDIP of provinces that have been noted or marked as aligned with National and Regional Government priorities and International commitments.

USEC Edillon provided insights on and critiqued the plans the provinces came up with.

To further facilitate the streamlining of the program to the provinces in the region, workshop conferences will be conducted to all five provinces of the region in the third semester.

Guimaras will be the pilot province to be provided technical support to the alignment of Strategic Priorities and Sustainable Development Goals, via the Provincial Strategic Direction Setting Conference Workshop which will be on August 10-11, 2017 at the Raymen’s Beach Resort, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

The same activity will be conducted in the provinces of Capiz on August 24-25, Antique on August 29-30, Iloilo on August 30-31 and Aklan on September 4-5. (LGOO II Freda Mae L Sorsano, DILG6)