The DILG Region 6 will have a kick-off activity for the Silver Anniversary Celebration of the Local Government Code on October 6-7, 2016.  This will signal the start of the series of activities lined-up by the region to commemorate the passage of the landmark legislation which shaped the local governance landscape in the past 25 years.

Main activity of the celebration is the launching and orientation of the major programs and projects of the Department on October 6, 2016 at 8AM-4:30PM at the Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City.  Among the major programs to be highlighted are the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID) Program and the new Joint Memorandum Circular on Business Permits and Licensing Systems (BPLS).

Undersecretary for Public Safety, Atty. Jesus Hinlo, Jr. will be gracing the activity alongside with the key officials of the Department.

The said activity will be the regional initiative to promote programs and projects of the Department aligned with the thrust of the present administration.

As a continuing program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the DILG Region 6 will hold an orientation to the elected officials dubbed as “Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Basic Orientation: First Critical Days for the Re-elected Local Officials.”  The NEO Program aims to build strategic leaders out of newly-elected officials who would lead their local governments in becoming competitive, efficient and responsive institutions for development.

Eighty-eight local chief executives (LCEs) are the primary target of the said training program which will be held on September 1-2, 2016 at Seda Hotel, Iloilo City.  The newly-minted LCEs who were not able to participate in the training conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) are also invited.

The Program is composed of five components: Component 1-Ensuring Smooth Transition, Component 2-Jumpstarting Local Governance, Component 3-Looking Forward to Better Governance, Component 4-Sharpening the Saw, and Component 5-Enhancing LGU Performance.

Component 2 introduces the newly elected officials to the organizational, political and constitutional environment of public service at the local government level.  It consists of two sub-components: the basic orientation and planning for the first crucial days, and a webinar series to guide the newly –elected officials on how to put into action the development vision of the new administration.

At the end of the training, the elected local chief executives are expected to have the Development Commitment:  Executive –Legislative Part Agenda as an output.  This serves as an initial document in crafting their Executive-Legislative Agenda and shall be based on their development platform outline during the campaign period. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

Anchored on the Climate Change Act (CCA) of 2009 and the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), the Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET) supports mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and mitigation into the planning process of LGUs. It provides a starting point in measuring progress in the implementation of climate change initiatives.

Climate change impacts greatly affects us like extreme weather events (such as Yolanda and Ondoy), sea level rise, increase in average temperature, drastic changes in rainfall patters and drought that can severely affect our food security and water sufficiency among others.

In response to this, all municipalities in the Province of Antique were invited to an orientation last Aug. 2-3, 2016 at the CAP Building, San Jose, Antique on the guidelines for tagging/ tracking climate change expenditures in the local budget provided under Joint Memorandum Circular 2015-01 by DBM, CCC and DILG. Among the topics discussed were Basics of Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Climate Change Expenditure Tagging, salient features of JMC 2015-01 and the documents required for CCET.

The activity also included discussions on the guidelines on the localization of the Magna Carta of Women provided under JMC 2016-01 by PCW, DILG, DBM and NEDA. This is to clarify the process of costing, allocation and attribution of the GAD budget as well as the functions of DILG as the lead agency in the review, endorsement and submission of GAD Plans and Budget and Accomplishment Reports.

The activity was facilitated by the Provincial Government of Antique in coordination with DILG Antique Provincial Office. Invited resource persons were LGOO II Hennesey Gasataya, DILG Antique Focal Person in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM-CCA) and Cluster Head Raymundo Palanog, Provincial GAD Focal Person. The 2-day event is a conscious effort in providing continuous capacity building programs and to monitor compliance of LGUs. Apart from the lectures, workshops were conducted on the mentioned topics to familiarize participants with CCET and GAD. The invited participants from each municipality were the MPDC, MSWDO, MLGOO, MHO, Budget Officer, MDRRMO, MENRO, SB on the Committee on Women and Family, GAD Focal Person and PNP-Women’s Desk Officer. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

Hinun-anon which is a Hiligaynon term for consultation headlines the advocacy forum on Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) in the five provinces of the region.

This is an initiative of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) 6 which seeks to identify the gaps in the whole BuB process and at the same time provide an avenue for assessment of the level of participation and involvement of the key stakeholders, particularly the Local Government Units and the Civil Society Organizations.

The DILG Community Mobilizers in the respective provinces presented the state of CSO participation in the BuB program since its inception in 2013. This included the numerical presentation of CSOs joining the CSO Assembly and the CSOs tapped as citizen monitors of the BuB projects.

A summary of the provincial status of BuB projects was provided by LGOO V Christian Nagaynay the BuB Regional Focal Person. He also emphasized the current policies and guidelines in the BuB implementation.

The one day activity also generated several gains from the program that were articulated by the sharers from the LGUs and the CSOs. It was also the first formal interaction with the media as the program kicked-off with a press conference.

In one of his messages, Atty. Anthony Nuyda, Regional Director of DILG 6 and Chairperson of the RPRAT emphasized the importance of the activity as an avenue to interact and listen to the perspectives of the two key players in the implementation of BuB; the CSOs and the LGUs. “We hope to bring clarity and faces to the statistics we often referred during discussion of accomplishments”, he added. 

The forum was attended by several Mayors, LGU-BuB Focal Persons and representatives from the Civil Society Organizations sitting as Co-Chairperson the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team.

The following were the schedule of the Provincial Forum:

Aklan July 19
Antique July 13
Capiz July 15
Guimaras July 14
Iloilo July 12

The Bottom-up Budgeting or BuB which started in 2013 is a process that engages local communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders to work with the local government units (LGUs) and National Government Agencies (NGAs) through its regional offices in planning, project implementation and monitoring. Since then, BuB as a reform program has been a vital instrument in translating the government’s actions towards inclusive growth. (LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)