The landmark legislation on local autonomy and decentralization known as the Local Government Code will mark its 22nd year of implementation on October 10, 2013. Over the years we have witnessed the emergence of good local governance practices, improvement of citizen's participation, accountability and transparency and the remarkable change in local government leadership, all of which could be attributed to the implementation of the Local Government Code of 1991.

In recognition of the spirit of volunteerism in the management of peace and order, public safety and disaster risk reduction and management, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG VI) will highlight the 22nd celebration of the Local Government Code with the awarding ceremony of the Search for Outstanding Barangay Tanods.

The Search for the Outstanding Barangay Tanod aims to provide incentives and awards to the best performing Barangay Tanods (individual and group), strengthen the volunteer system and auxiliary network between and among public and private responders; strengthen the peace and order monitoring system; enhance disaster preparedness of barangays and provide a vehicle for improvement of skills, knowledge and techniques in pursuit of the preservation of peace and order and public safety.  Moreover, the search aims to provide a venue for generation of and replication of best practices at the barangay level.

All duly appointed Tanod individuals (male or female) and groups between ages18-60 years old may join the search.  The search has three categories: Individual, Group and Heroism

The Regional Search Committee is composed of the representatives of the DILG as chairperson and members coming from the PNP, BJMP, BFP, NAPOLCOM and PPSC-RTS.  The selection of nominees at the provincial and HUC level will start on July 22, 2013 until July 30, 2013 while the evaluation of the nominees by the Regional Search Committee will be on August 19, 2013 until August30, 2013. (LGOO II Nikko L. Chua, DILG6)

"Fast-track project implementation"-RD Trompeta

lloilo City- This was the message relayed by Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta during the two separate activities spearheaded by the Project Development & Management Unit (PDMU) of DILG Region VI which aims to update and fast-track the implementation of the two projects lodged in the PDMU namely the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and the Sagana at Ligtas naTubig saLahat Program (SALINTUBIG). It is in line with the efforts of the Department to ensure the completion of projects under the two programs which are all due in the end of 2013. 

The first of the two activities was held on July 18, 2013 at the Amigo Terrace Hotel, lloilo City dubbed as "Orientation on the Documentation of PCF Completed Projects" which was attended by the PCF Provincial/ City Focal Persons and Provincial/City designated Information Officers.

Taking into account the completed projects funded under the PCF, the Regional PCF Management Team conducted this one day activity to orient PCF Focal Persons and designated Information Officers on the documentation process which aims to highlight the impact of the projects in their respective localities. The activity also served as the venue for consultation with the Focal Persons on the issues and concerns arising in the implementation of PCF projects.

ARD Margie Biligan encouraged for the utilization of the new media platform which includes the social networking sites as a medium in documenting and reporting project status. She said that it will become more convenient to exchange information through the e-communication platform.  Participants from their respective units drafted their operational plan matrix which will serve as their basis in documenting completed projects and assess the status of ongoing projects in meeting the target before 2013 ends.

The second activity involved SALINTUBIG Provincial Focal Persons and C/MLGOOs of cities and municipalities involved in the implementation of SALINTUBIG 2012 and the BUB for Potable Water in 2013 in the region.  During this activity, RD Trompeta urged for the completion of the projects in order to meet the one year validity of the fund. She even stressed the importance of completing on time so to avoid backlogs in the succeeding year.

PDMU Chief Luz Tenedero presented the updates on the program for 2013 including the deliverables. Focal Persons presented the current status of the project including the arising issues and concerns affecting the implementation. Together with their respective C/MLGOOs drafted their catch-up plan for 2013.

The activities were also an opportunity for the PDMU to introduce the two newly-hired engineers namely; Engr. Regil Gumayan and Engr. Mary Joanne Cabrera. They will assist in the implementation of the projects in the unit especially those under SALINTUBIG and BUB. (LGOO III Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)

Iloilo City – Eight (8) participants from Region 6 participated in the recently concluded 2-day Visayas Cluster (Regions 6, 7 and 8) Facilitators’ Training Workshop for Setting up of Localized Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System for 2013 BUB projects at Cebu Northwinds Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City last July 2-3, 2013.

Participants from each region consist of: two (2) DILG Regional Office BUB Focal Persons, two (2) CSO Representatives, two (2) LPRAP Facilitators and two (2) DSWD Community Facilitators.  They compose the Regional Facilitators Team that will be responsible for the roll-out of the workshop to the covered LGUs.

The training workshop aimed for the organization of clusters among the 595 cities and municipalities to introduce/re-affirm the concept of participatory governance through setting up of M&E mechanisms in the local level specifically for BUB projects. There are 41 LGUs covered in 2013 BUB.

The training highlighted the actual workshop for the participants of each region to develop a local M&E framework that will be utilized to track down implementation and progress of the BUB 2013 projects. Moreover, the participants drafted a work plan to be carried out during the cluster workshops.

In line with this and in preparation for the cluster roll-out workshops in Region 6, the Regional Facilitator’s Team held a meeting last July 17, 2013 at DILG R6 Conference Room, Iloilo City. The cluster workshops are scheduled on July 23, 2013 for Negros Occidental and August 5, 2013 for Aklan, Antique and Guimaras.

The Region 6 Facilitators Team members are: Anna Lee Mostacho and Aubry Fara-on (DILG BUB Focal Persons), Lailanie Madriaga and Sharon Tusalem (DSWD Community Facilitators), Sandy Mecuando III and Marilou Llavan (CSO Provincial Coordinators) and Romeo Baldevia and Albertito Morados (LPRAP Facilitators). (LGOO III Aubry F. Fara-on, DILG6)

Iloilo City - As one of the lead agencies in the implementation of the Barangay Forest Program (BFP) in support of the National Greening Program (NGP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Office 6, led by RD Evelyn A. Trompeta, CESO II, joined in the Regional Launching of Barangay Forest Program hosted by the Municipality of Tubungan, Province of Iloilo last June 21, 2013.

The regional launching kicked off with a caravan participated by the lead agencies in coordination with other support agencies starting off from DENR R6 office in Iloilo City going to Tubungan, Iloilo. Upon arrival in Tubungan, a ceremonial tree planting in the Municipal Nursery was led by RD Trompeta with the heads of other delegations and DENR R6 officials.

A program followed at the Municipal Gym participated by the local officials headed by Mayor Vicente Gargaritano, barangay officials of Tubungan headed by their LIGA President, municipal employees of LGU Tubungan, students of Tubungan National High School and local residents. RD Trompeta, in her message, posed a challenge to all the stakeholders that the full implementation of BFP rests not just on strong political will, full commitment, and right political decisions of our leaders but also on the strong support of institutions and other enabling mechanisms to forge consensus to translate commitments into actions.

Another highlight of the activity is the signing of MOAs (Forest Land Use Plan, Memorandum of Partnership Agreement and Barangay Forest Program) between and among DENR R6, LGU of Tubungan and Liga ng mga Barangay of Tubungan. The activity was capped by the Unveiling of Project Map and Releasing of Balloons by the heads of delegations, Mayor Vicente Gargaritano and local officials of Tubungan, Iloilo.

BFP is a joint project undertaking of DENR with DILG in support of the full implementation of NGP and Arbor Day Act of 2012. Hence, DENR-DILG Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2013-03 was issued last May 30, 2013 as guidelines in the establishment and implementation of BFP. (LGOO III Aubry F. Fara-on, DILG6)