With the implementation of CY 2014 Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government initiated the conduct of an interfacing activity between the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) and the members of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Teams (LPRATs) in the Province of Negros Occidental on September 9, 2014 at the Nature’s Village Hotel, Talisay City.

The activity was intended to update the LPRATs on the status of their corresponding CY 2014 GPBP Projects submitted to various participating National Government Agencies.  It was also an avenue for the LPRATs to feedback to the RPRAT the issues and concerns they are encountering in the implementation of their approved GPBP Projects.

The City of Bacolod being one of the CY 2014 GPBP recipients participated during the interfacing activity. Representing the side of the CSOs were Mr. Francisco J. Carreon, LPRAT Co-Chair and the three CSO Signatories to the LPRAP namely: Mr. Edwin R. Balajadia, Ms. Ma. Leah J. Attar and Ms. Priscilla N. Goco.  The LGU was represented by the following: Engr. Mae C. Cuaycong, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Engr. Ana Ma. Carmen Principe, OIC CPDC, Mr. Eric Ginson and Mr. Mabel Lipa both of the CPDO Office, Ms. Cherryl P. Tacda, DILG, OIC City Director and LGOO V May Theresa A. Malongayon, GPBP Focal Person.

The dialogue and inputs during the interfacing have gained for the LPRATs the information that answered most of the questions they have in mind as to the status of their GPBP Projects. (LGOO V May Theresa A. Malongayon, DILG6-Bacolod City)

The DILG Regional Office VI conducted an orientation workshop for all its regional personnel and selected field officers at the Bearland Paradise Resort in Tigbauan, Iloilo in compliance with the Department’s Memorandum and the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) directive to establish and implement the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS).

The Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) is a mechanism that links employee performance with organizational performance to enhance the performance orientation of the compensation system, ensuring that both the employees and the organization achieve the objectives identified in the strategic plan.  The new rating system basically hinges on both individual and team outputs/outcomes orientation that will eventually replace the long-standing Performance Evaluation System (PES).

The SPMS which focused on linking individual performance with the Department’s vision, mission and priorities was discussed at length by HRMD OIC Division Chief Hilda F. Gaurino. Administrative Officer V Jenny Naz-Nuyda also discussed the basics of the new performance system and the four major stages of the SPMS cycle which involves performance planning and commitment, monitoring and coaching, review and evaluation, rewarding and development planning

In the old system, the role of the supervisor is that of an evaluator while in the new system, the supervisor is now coach as well as mentor to his subordinates.  Moreover, outputs and outcomes are given more weight compared to the previous rating system which was more on activities and inputs.

The province of Guimaras, the Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) and the Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) in the Regional office have been selected as pilot units for the implementation of the SPMS and have been required to submit for evaluation the result of the new rating system to the Central Office. (AO V Maria Fe L. Torrecampo, DILG6)

The Civil Service Commission recently announced the winners of the CSC Pagasa Award for CY 2014. Memorandum Circular No. 18 s. of 2014 confirmed that eleven awardees (seven individuals and four groups) have been approved by a special committee of the CSC to receive the honor as outstanding government officials and employees. The CSC Pagasa Award is given to individuals or groups of individuals for their outstanding contribution that directly benefit the government.

One of the recipients is Maricel M. Bechayda, Local Government Operations Officer VI of DILG Kalibo, Aklan.  A consistent performer for excellence in the service, Ms. Bechayda has received honors and recognition as a Finalist in the 2012 and 2013 CSC Pagasa Award.  Her exemplary work performance has greatly contributed to the effective and successful implementation of the programs and projects of the Department. Through her initiative and resourcefulness the LGU where she has been assigned has remarkably flourished.  One of her accomplishments is the creation of an electronic data base which provides an easy access to information on local officials.  She has also established and maintained a good working relationship with the local chief executive and other employees in the LGU. 

The other awardees are from the Department of Education (Region I, Region VI and the National Capital Region), University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Region VI, Department of Science and Technology Region X, Tabuk City, Kalinga, Davao City Government, the Marinduque Animal and Wildlife Rescue Emergency Response Team, and the Special Audit Team from the Commission on Audit.

Through CSC resolution no. 1301973, Bechayda and the other awardees will each receive a cash incentive reward amounting to One Hundred Thousand Pesos (P100,000.00), a gold-gilded medallion and plaque, and a three-day/two-night good for two hotel accommodation. (AO V Maria Fe L. Torrecampo, DILG6)

               

The Department of the Interior and Local Government enjoins every Local Government stakeholders to participate in the celebration of the 23rd Local Government Code Anniversary through series of activities this October.

This year’s theme “Ang LGUng Magaling ay may Nararating”, highlights the gains and successes of LGUs in pursuit of excellence in local governance. The whole month of engaging activities will be spearheaded by DILG 6 which aim to popularize and mainstream sustained best practices in LGUs since the enactment of the Local Government Code.

At the onset, the Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanod and recipients of the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive will culminate in an awarding ceremony on October 13, 2014 at the SM City Mall in Mandurriao.

On its second year from inception, the LG Quiz, which seeks to draw awareness on the different provisions of the Local Government Code and the various projects of the DILG will be held on October 17, 2014 for LGUs, students and DILG personnel.

The synchronized Barangay Assembly is set to rouse both the local officials and citizenry on October 18, 2014.

Civil Society Organizations, National Government Agencies and Local Government Units will showcase featured exhibits on the programs and projects undertaken through collaboration and partnerships on October 21-23.  The three-day exhibit has been aptly labeled “Beinte Tres ka Duag: Pagpasanyog sang Pagbuyloganay kag Pagpakigbahinay” (Twenty –Three Acts: Fostering Partnership and Participation in Local Governance).

An annual Knowledge-Sharing Activity of the DILG Region VI, Development Talk will focus on strengthening Multi-Stakeholders, partners and linkages on October 27-28, 2014 which is considered one of the sustained gains in LGU-CSO engagements.

Now on its 9th year, the scaled-up Search for Excellence in Local Governance Award or EXCELL Awards, an annual search of the DILG Region VI in partnership with the various NGAs and CSOs and Private Sectors will also be launched during the Development Talk.