The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the lead agency in implementing the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) of the government together with the other 17 national government agencies namely NHA, DTI, NAPOLCOM, CHED, BSP, AFP, PNP, OP/PMS, DSWD, DOH, DPWH, DOLE, Philhealth, TESDA, DBM, DND, and DepEd convened to a meeting in the morning of August 14, 2017 at the Penthouse I, Iloilo City Hall. 

The CSBP is the provision of assistance as directed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police personnel who are killed or wounded in police and military operations in due cognizance of their service to the nation, thus, a program was created for its implementation and this is the “Killed in Action/Wounded in Action -Killed in Police Operation/Wounded in Police Operation” or KIA/WIA- KIPO/WIPO program.

Since the roll-out of KIA/WIA- KIPO/WIPO program in Iloilo City on February 24, 2017, CSBP has been initially implemented to ensure prompt action is taken and to effectively deliver the complete set of assistance and respond to the needs of the families of soldiers in the AFP killed and wounded in action and the PNP personnel killed and wounded in police operations.

However, issues and concerns were inevitable in the regional level, hence, agencies convened to a special coordination meeting.  The issues and concerns discussed were the Mechanics of the CSBP; Specific Roles and Duties of each CSBP Implementing Agency; and Identification of and dealing with the issues and concerns of KIA/KIPO-WIA/WIPO beneficiaries and respective implementing agency.

All agencies had their representative to the said meeting with the attendance of the DILG Key Officials headed by Asec. Marjorie N. Jalosjos, Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Special Concerns and the KIA/WIA-KIPO/WIPO DILG Project Manager Jocelyn Cabaña.  Other DILG officials present were Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda, Assistant Director Maria Calpiza Sardua and the DILG Provincial Directors.

The purpose for the meeting was attained having all agencies clarified with the different issues and concerns on the CSBP through KIA/WIA-KIPO/WIPO program.  It is expected that it will be more effective and there would be more efficiency in the delivery of social services or assistance provided, such that the resource requirements, respective budget and mechanism for its automatic implementation are established and maintained. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

The municipalities of Western Visayas Region will benefit from a total of P1,376,156,814 worth of projects under the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program of the government this year.
The amount will be used to fund 345 projects in 98 municipalities from the Region’s five provinces – Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo.

The ADM is a new program based on the budget philosophy of the Duterte Administration, which was anchored on the goal of outlining the role of LGUs as able partners in development. This goal is fulfilled by conditioning LGUs that funds will be given to them in the implementation of higher good governance standards, improved capacity to generate resources and strengthened ability to deliver basic services.

Of the five provinces, Iloilo has the most number of proposed projects. This totaled to 149 projects, with a fund allocation of P650,924,907.00.

This year, ADM Program targets a total of 1,373 municipalities all over the country with a total budget of 19.4 billion pesos under FY 2017 General Appropriations Act, Republic Act No. 10924.

Orientations and Workshops

To ensure that the LGUs and other major stakeholders will effectively facilitate the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Program, the DILG Regional Office VI hosted the conduct of a two-day Orientation and Action Planning Workshops on FY 2017 ADM Program.

The first school was held at Best Western Boracay Tropics Hotel, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan last July 17-18, 2017. DILG Provincial Directors, Cluster Heads, Program Managers, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Municipal Engineers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs) and Municipal Accountants from the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz attended the first leg of the activity. The second school was conducted last July 20-21 at MO2 Westown Hotel, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City for the Province of Iloilo.

In his message, Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG Region VI Regional Director, reiterated that the main purpose of the orientation is to discuss the guidelines of the ADM. He reminded the LGUs that have not yet received funds from Bureau of Treasury to fast-track the compliance of good governance requirements, i.e., the Good Financial Housekeeping of DILG and Public Financial Management of DBM. He reiterated that, these are the basis in releasing the funds, highlighting the condition that non-compliance means forfeiture of the funds.

Atty. Nuyda also appealed to the LGUs to implement the projects as soon as possible since the validity of funds is one (1) year, and the performance of the LGUs may also affect the succeeding fund release not just for ADM program, but for other nationally-funded projects as well.

Assistant Program Manager from Oversight Project Management Office, Glenn Q. Miranda, discussed the vision of the Program in addressing financial and infrastructure gaps in municipal government, and likewise, to contribute to the full attainment of empowered, responsible and responsive LGUs.

Miranda added, that following the national priorities, ADM is linked to Philippine Development Plan goals such as: Ensuring People-Centred, Clean, and Efficient Governance; Ensuring Functional Service Delivery Networks; and Strengthening Linkage in Planning Investment Programming and Budgeting. The ADM Program serves as the catchment facility of programs that cannot be accommodated by other government offices such as National Economic Development Authority – Social Development Committee, Legislative Offices, Department of Transportation and National Electrification Administration.

On the other hand, Miss Fe Crisilla Banluta, Program Manager Water Supply and Sanitation Project Management Office of Department of the Interior and Local Government – Office of Project Development Services, Miss Marivic Nocum - Asst. Project Manager, WSSPMO-DILG and Engr. Joemily Felicano - Asst. Project Manager, ADM/BUB Other Infra Project Management Office, discussed the salient features of DILG-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-03 “Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Implementation of the FY 2017 Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (LGSF-ADM) Program”.

An action planning covering the periods of July-December 2017 and January-June 2018 was undertaken to ensure timely implementation of the projects. The action planning is aimed to harmonize the strategies and plot detailed steps to increase the efficiency and accountability within the implementing LGUs. (Vincent Villorente, DILG6)

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)