Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary for Public Safety Atty. Peter Irving C. Corvera and Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda distributed checks to recipient local government units on May 22, 2014.

More than jubilating for its 22nd Founding Anniversary, the province of Guimaras has another reason to celebrate as DILG handed P20M worth of PCF and SALINTUBIG Projects.

The recipient LGUs for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) projects CY 2013 are the Municipalities of Buenavista, Jordan, Nueva Valencia, San Lorenzo and Sibunag with a grant of P1 Million each while the Province of Guimaras received P7 Million. The Municipality of Jordan also received Php 8 Million for the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa lahat (SALINTUBIG) Project for CY 2013.

The PCF is an incentive facility provided to Seal of Good Housekeeping passer LGUs.  The fund supports the LGU program and projects in the aim of attaining the Medium Development Goal (MDG), Local Economic Development (LED), Disaster Risk Reduction Management – Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM-CCA) and Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM).  On the other hand, the SALINTUBIG program aims to provide potable and safe water to waterless communities.

The checks were received by the Municipal Mayors together with their respective Municipal Local Government Operations Officers.  The distribution was witnessed by Hon. Congressman JC Rahman A. Nava, MD, Hon. Governor Samuel T. Gumarin, MD, MPH, Hon. Vice Governor Vicente De Asis, DILG Asst. Regional Director Margie A. Biligan and Provincial Director Roy D. Defiño. (LGOO II Charmine T. Galvez, DILG6-Guimaras)

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas visited the Province of Negros Occidental on May 15, 2014.  The SILG along with other secretaries accompanied President Benigno Aquino III in the inauguration of the country’s first commercial scale solar plant in San Carlos City, and a bridge and access road in Sagay City.

After the President left, DILG Secretary Roxas stayed for the rest of the afternoon for several activities.  He visited and conducted an on-site inspection of the Barangay Health Station and Birthing Facility of Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, Negros Occidental which is one of the joint projects funded under the 2011 Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and the City Government of Talisay.  He held a dialogue with the Barangay and City Officials and basic sectors of the said barangay through a “Pulong-pulong kaupod ang pumuluyo sang Barangay Dos Hermanas.”  This short program highlighted the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) of DILG.

“Ara guid kami sa inyo tupad…indi guid namon kamo pagpabay-an.  Ululupod kita sa isa kadalan padulong sa kauswagan” said Roxas in a local dialect, whose mother came from Bago City.  In his short message, he gave emphasis to PNoy’s administration slogan “Matuwid na Daan.”

Also present in the “Hinun-anon (Dialogue)” are Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Talisay City Mayor Eric Saratan, DILG Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG Assistant Regional Director Margie A. Biligan, DILG Provincial Director Ma. Joy Maredith R. Madayag and DILG Field Officers, and Barangay Officials of Dos Hermanas headed by Punong Barangay Fernando Dolendo and the barangay residents.

The SILG graced several occasions, one of which is the turn-over of about 998 hand-held radios which costs about P20,000.00 each for a total of more or less P20 million pesos to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). Secretary Roxas also attended a fellowship dinner with Mayors and other local officials led by Negros Occidental Governor Marañon together with Vice Governor Eugenio Jose V. Lacson.  The governor has articulated his wish for Secretary Mar to make up his mind and consider to run in the 2016 presidential election.

Moreover, Sec. Roxas also took part in the presscon regarding the arrest of the number one most wanted in Western Visayas, former Punong Barangay Noel O. Ayalin of Barangay Kapitan Ramon.
(LGOO II Pierra Fuentespina, DILG6 - Negros Occidental)

Bearing its tagline “Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal,” the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) is set to raise the standard of performance among local government units.  Taking off from the success of the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) from CY 2010 to 2012 where 80% of the local government units were already recipients nationwide, the SGLG was conceived on CY 2013 to heighten the promotion of transparency accountability and above-benchmark performance in local governance.

SGLG is a total award or recognition conferred to provincial, city and municipal governments that exemplified above-benchmark performance not only on financial housekeeping but also on the other facets of governance particularly on the delivery of basic services that directly benefit the people.

DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2014-39 dated March 24, 2014 prescribes the implementation of SGLG starting CY 2014 in partnership with the Leagues of Provinces, Cities and Municipalities, other National Government Agencies (NGAs), the Academe, Private Sector and Civil Society Groups in all phases of the SGLG implementation (i.e., assessment, validation, selection and awarding).

DILG R6 has organized its 14 Regional Assessment Teams (RATs) led by a DILG representative and two members representing NGAs and Civil Society Organizations.  They will be responsible in assessing the 139 LGUs in the region through on-site inspection, document review, interview, and certify data validity in order to pass the SGLG.

To be an SGLG recipient, the “3 plus 1”  Principle applies, wherein a local government has to pass the three Core Assessment Areas which includes the Good Financial Housekeeping; Disaster Preparedness and Social Protection; and at least one Essential Assessment Area which covers Business-friendliness and Competitiveness,  Peace and Order and Environment Management.

The Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) shall serve as the operational platform and performance oversight tool of the SGLG. Recipients of the SGLG are eligible to access the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) which is a support fund to finance local development initiatives in furtherance of national government goals and strategic thrusts.

The following is the timelines of activities in the 2014 implementation of the SGLG:

Date

Activity

3rd Week of April – 2nd Week of July

Data Collection and Regional Validation

2nd Week of July - September

Data Tabulation and National Validation

October

Conferment of the Seal

(LGOO VI Carmelo F. Orbista, DILG6)

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The National Government, through the Department of the Interior and Local Government distributed its financial assistance to the Yolanda affected local government units in Region VI on April 11, 2014 at the Capiz Convention Center (La Hacienda Hotel), Roxas City. A total of Php201.9M fund has been allotted to the 67 Yolanda affected LGUs.

The financial assistance referred to as the DILG Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) Projects will be used by the LGUs in the rehabilitation of their Municipal/City/Provincial Halls, Public Markets and Civic Centers. Spearheading the release of the DILG RAY fund is the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas.

In his message, Sec Roxas relayed the concerns of President Benigno Aquino towards the recovery of the LGUs, “Walang iwanan, tanan kamo amon guid buligan.” The SILG stressed that no one will be left behind and help will be extended to everyone. The Secretary also added that the rehabilitation will be made step by step.

Alongside with the distribution of the DILG-RAY Fund, the SILG also released the Performance Challenge Fund for 33 RAY-recipient LGUs.  Out of 67 Yolanda LGUs, 48 of them are PCF recipients.  However, 33 of the 48 were able to comply with the documentary requirements which are necessary conditions in the release of the fund.

Prior to the release of the RAY Fund, an orientation on the implementing guidelines was conducted by the DILG Regional Office in coordination with the DILG-Office of the Project and Development Services (OPDS). According to DILG R6 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda, the said orientation was necessary for there are institutional arrangements that have to be observed in the implementing of the projects.

Present during the activity were Usec Austere Panadero, OCD R6 Regional Director Rosario Cabrera, Governor Victor Tanco of Capiz, Vice Governor Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo of Aklan, LCEs and other LGU functionaries from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo and Negros Occidental. (LGOO II Marecor M. Diaz, DILG6-Capiz)