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.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government ensures the safety and resiliency of communities in facing challenges of disasters through the Local Government Units. Sets of relevant interventions are identified in the first edition of the LGU Disaster Preparedness Journals for Mayors which aims to create an enabling environment for Local Government Units and further develop their capacities towards mitigating the adverse impacts of disasters and climate change.

DILG-Antique has shown support on the said climate change campaign by joining the Advocacy Campaign on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation held on September 4, 2014 at the Municipal Hall of the Municipality of Valderrama, Antique.  The campaign was spearheaded by the Antique Association of Information Officers as part of their undertakings to raise public awareness on programs and services of the government, where people can get involve as partners in development.

Punong Barangays of Valderrama attended the activity with vital tasks involved in disseminating the information at the community level together with the Provincial Information Officers of various government agencies like DTI, DENR, PNP, DILG, NSO, NIA among others and the Municipal Information Officers of the different municipalities in the Province of Antique.

The effects of climate change, causes of forest destruction, water quality in the Province of Antique’s major rivers, compliance status in Solid Waste Management and protected areas (where critically endangered species are existing including the Visayan Spotted Dear) in some of the barangays in the Municipality of  Valderrama were discussed in detail.

Mirza Samillano, Head Executive Assistant of DENR-Antique also explained the features of the National Forestation Program and the National Greening Program as their priority programs. In line with the National Greening Program, Ms. Samillano commended the efforts of the Municipality of Valderrama in the establishment of nursery and plantation of 95,000 seedlings as one of the projects under DILG Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process for the year 2014 in barangays Lublub, Bugnay, Pandanan and Cananghan. The approved amount for the project was Php 1,921,900.00 while DENR already transferred Php 1,777,000.00 to the LGU to jumpstart the project.

Activities of this nature make it easier for collaborative effort, commitment and cooperation among government agencies, private sectors, LGUs and other stakeholders in the protection and conservation of the environment. (ADA IV Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

The Regional Assessment Team of the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region VI together with the different bureaus of the DILG conducted the Regional Assessment on the Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanod in Barangay Maybato North in San Jose, Antique.

Barangay Maybato North is the official nominee of the Municipality of San Jose, Antique in the group category. The Regional Evaluation started at 9:00 A.M. on August 19, 2014, as Hon. Manuel Winston Mission, Punong Barangay of Barangay Maybato North welcomed the Regional Assessment Team headed by Mr. Ted Cabañero.  Hon. Ferdinand L. Viesca, Chairman of Committee on Peace and Order led the introduction of the Barangay Tanods. Hon. Rony L. Molina, Municipal Mayor of San Jose de Buenavista extended his support and hopes to replicate the strengthening of barangay tanod efforts to the other barangays of the municipality.

The assessment kicked off with the inspection of ranks, followed by demonstration of handcuffing and arrest techniques, self-defense, rescue, first aid and firefighting. The Regional Assessment Team then interviewed the Punong Barangay and the Barangay Officials of Maybato North. A medical mission was conducted in the afternoon to the barangay tanods and their immediate families. Hon. Felix Saldajeno, SB Chairman on Peace and Order gave the closing remarks. (ADA IV Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

Sagay City is among the top 5 cities in the Philippines with the highest ranking when it comes to citizen’s satisfaction based on the Citizen’s Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The CSIS, a component of the Local Governance Watch program which was launched in 2012, aims to gather citizens’ perspectives or views on the reach and quality of basic public services on eight (8) service delivery areas such as Health Services, Basic Education Services, Social Welfare Services, Governance and Response, Public Works and Infrastructure, Environmental Management, Agricultural Support Services, and Tourism Promotion Services.

It is a tool which applies quantitative research methods through actual surveys involving field interviews with residents in selected barangays of the target sites. This system gives every citizen equal chances of being selected as interviewee to provide feedback regarding a particular location regardless of socio-economic background, political or ideological orientation and beliefs, as well as distance from the seat of local government. The CSIS specifically probes into citizens’ awareness and availment of local services as well as their appreciation and satisfaction by which these services were provided.

The survey was conducted during the 1st quarter of 2014 by the Research Department of the University of St. La Salle, one of the identified Local Resource Institute (LRI) partners of DILG for Negros Occidental. Sagay was among the 5 cities in Western Visayas identified for CSIS assessment after it was included in the top 50 cities during the 2013 National Competitiveness Survey.

The top cities with highest ranking on citizen’s satisfaction include Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental, Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, and Sagay City, Negros Occidental. (LGOO IV Mary Eden V. Yap, DILG6)