The Sangguniang Kabataan Mandatory Training (SKMT) which ran from May 17-26, 2018 culminated with an End of Activity Appreciation Meeting with the SKMT Partners held on July 24, 2018 at the MO2 Westown Hotel, Iloilo City.  The SKMT covered 25, 622 SK officials in the region who assumed office on June 30. 
 “The mandatory training program for the SKs has set another fruitful partnership with Higher Learning Institutions in the region. The engagement with ten universities and colleges, National Youth Commission alongside with the Local Youth Development Officers was formed to push through this massive training of SKs in the region,” said DILG R6 RD Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda.
RD Nuyda also said that the training was a concerted efforts of the DILG among partners to help build the young people to become the builders of this nation.
“Thank you very much. We hope that your support will not end with SKMT. Cheers to all of us, in putting our hopes back again to the young people through the Sangguniang Kabataan.” RD Nuyda added.

The activity was attended by DILG Provincial/City Directors, Provincial Focal Persons, Local Youth Development Officers and representatives from the National Youth Commission and eight out of ten partner State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region 6. SUC representatives in Region 6 present are from the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT), West Visayas State University (WVSU), University of the Philippines-Visayas, University of San Agustin, Aklan State University (ASU), Capiz State University (CAPSU), Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) and University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos.
The success of the conduct of the SKMT was due to the partnership of DILG, National Youth Commission (NYC), Regional Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas (LnB), Regional League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), and City and Provincial Governments through their Local Youth Development Officers (LYDOs).
During the meeting, the Regional Training Team solicited feedbacks and impressions from the different stakeholders on how to improve the process, systems and design of similar undertakings to further optimize the partnership. The feedbacks became inputs to consider in the future engagements with the Local Resource Institutes (LRIs).
Meanwhile, SK Officials who failed to attend the regular and special trainings may join the Training for SK Secretaries and Treasurers, provided that they submit a justification as to why they were unable to undergo the training. The DILG is currently awaiting for the Memorandum Circular from the Central Office as to the schedule of the training. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

A team from the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) consulted the barangay and local officials of the local government units of Pavia, Iloilo and Iloilo City in a focus group discussion.  The consultation was on the policy development of integrating barangay clearances and fees in the LGU permitting process held on July 13, 2018 at the Smallville21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
This is in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s directive to improve the business processes at the local level.
“We’ve been consulting LGUs in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to gather inputs because we are drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on the integration of payment of Barangay Clearance in the LGU Permitting process considering the newly signed Ease of Doing Business (EODB) law”, said Virginia S. Clavel of BLGD.
President Duterte signed the Ease of Doing Business law (Republic Act 11032) on May 28, which requires all government agencies, including local government units, to reduce processing time for business permits and official documents. The salient features of this act were expounded by Virginia Clavel of BLGD.
To streamline all government transactions for accessible and efficient services to the people, two (2) Joint Memorandum Circulars (JMCs) were issued by the Department related to LGU Permitting processes namely DILG-DTI-DICT JMC No. 01 s. of 2016: “Revised BPLS Standards” and DILG-DPWH-DICT-DTI JMC No. 2018-01: “Guidelines in Streamlining the Processes for the Issuances of Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy”.
The salient features of the JMCs were discussed by Belinda Castro and Luzviminda Fortaleza from BLGD.The DILG through the BLGD is working on the implementation of the said JMCs. One of the reforms under JMC 2016-01 is the integration of payment of Barangay Clearance in LGU Permitting to further streamline the processes.
BLGD conducted a survey with selected barangays to gather insights and for the possibility of consideration of the said reform. Further consultations and discussions are needed in order to develop a policy on the said integration.
During the focus group discussion, the participants shared their views, insights and recommendations on the policy development. “Papayag ba ang cities and municipalities to collect fees and charges, at papayag ba ang barangay na ang trabaho nila will be undertaken by the cities and municipalities?”, asked Clavel during the discussion.
The discussion focused on two issues: the integration of the barangay clearance in the LGU permitting process and the collection of fees and charges.
According to Clavel, the Bureau of Local Government Finance partnered with BLGD to come up with a template of rationalized fees and charges computed based on the services offered and delivered. “This will be rolled-out in the regions in the upcoming months.”, she added.
The issues and suggestions raised during the focus group discussion were: 1) Mechanics or mode of remittances of the barangay fees from the city/municipality to be included in the IRR; 2)  the barangays to be provided with access on the LGU’s software/ database containing the list of those who were issued with clearances/ permits ; 3) a Liga ng Barangay representative in the business one stop shop of the city/ municipality to facilitate barangay concerns prior to the issuance of clearance/ permit; 4) post audit issues; 5)collocation arrangements; 6) different ordinances in collecting fees and charges ; and 7)mechanics of reporting of remittances.
“All these inputs will be taken into consideration in the finalization of the IRR. We will look into which part of the permitting process will be changed without sacrificing the local autonomy of the LGUs especially the barangays” said DILG R6 Local Government Capability and Development Division (LGCDD) Chief Roselyn Quintana.
Virginia Clavel clarified that the purpose of Integrating Barangay Clearances and Fees in the LGU Permitting Process is not to take the local autonomy from the barangays but to comply with the revised standards in processing business permits and licenses.
“Hopefully, we can finalize the IRR before the President signs it by October.”, said Clavel.

In promoting the Local Government Unit-Private Partnership for the People Program (LGU-P4) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), a forum dubbed “Strengthening Private Sector Participation on LGU P4: Regional Forum for Business Consortium” was held on July 12, 2018 at Smallville21 Hotel, Iloilo City. The program encourages LGUs to engage private sector partnership to deliver infrastructure and social services needs for economic growth.
“This is a follow through activity to widen the scope of the participation of private sector and other stakeholders towards economic development. We at the government cannot do this alone, so we engaged our partners in the private sector.” said DILG6 ARD Maria Calpiza Sardua during the opening program of the said activity.
Representatives from both the public and private sector attended the activity. The public sector were represented by the national government agencies specifically DILG, NEDA, DA, DENR, DOT, DTI and BLGF, and selected local government units of Jordan, Province of Guimaras and Zarraga, Tigbauan, Oton, and Pavia from the Province of Iloilo, while the private sector was represented by businesses specializing in infrastructure, construction and real estate and development and social services like medical services among others.

As one of DILG’s partners, specialists from the PPP Center discussed the legalities and modalities of the PPP. Atty. Jesus B. Doque IV and Atty. Al Soriano shed light on how PPP works. In one of their presentations, it was emphasized that PPP addresses the limited funding resources for local infrastructure or development projects of the public sector.
On the other hand, speakers from the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) explained how they can provide assistance to investors to set up business and prosper in desirable areas of economic activities. BOI is an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which is responsible for the promotion of investments in the Philippines. Speakers from BOI were Ms. Ellorence D. Cruz, OIC, BOI Extension Office-Cebu; and Mr. Ernesto D. Delos Reyes Jr., Chief Investments Specialist Aftercare Services Division.

“BOI recognizes the importance of LGUs in setting up investments.” said Mr. Edilberto C. Nunag, BOI Chief Investments Specialist.
In a message sent by Double Dragon Properties Corp.’s Chairman, Mr. Edgar “INJAP” Sia II through Mr. Jonathan Umali, Corporate Affairs Head shared their experience in engaging in a PPP project with the local government unit of Passi City.
“We have opened the CityMall last September 2017 and all we can share are good and positive experiences with LGU Passi as our partner. It has been a very productive partnership from day one and still continues to be. Minor struggles were addressed easily and urgently by both the Mayor’s office and Double Dragon Properties Corp. that paved way for the smooth transition from planning, to constructing and now operating. This partnership has created positive impact to the community by increasing the income of the city, decent employment and further stimulated economic activity. We are just in the early stage of this partnership but we believe that this PPP in a solid ground and will continue to last for many years to come.”, message of Mr. Edgar Sia II, as read by Mr. Umali.
Eduardo A. Rodriguez, Managing Director of B. Braun, Avitum Philippines, Inc. also shared how a PPP project (Manila Dialysis Center) improved the social and medical services by providing free services to Manila’s indigent residents. It has been recognized by a United Nations body as a model PPP project.

Mr. Edwin Glindro, PCCI Asst. Secretary General and Primark’s representative also shared Primark’s partnership with the LGUs and their plans to engage in more PPP projects in the future.
The one day forum not only to raised awareness and advocacy to the private sector, but also gathered ideas, inputs and actual selection of the proposed PPP project through the LGU P4 portal either solicited or unsolicited. The regional forum is also a prelude for the conduct of business matching where the project of the LGUs will be matched with private sector’s interests and model.
All of these efforts are in line with the socio-economic agenda of President Duterte to promote economic and social development not only in metropolitan areas but also in other parts of the country. The President identified core projects that his administration has to focus on such as roads, bridges, airports, tourism, harvest facilities, public health, irrigation, rail, ferry system and public Wi-Fi. Proposals for infrastructure projects are welcome, while ensuring counter offers were made to ensure fairness to maintain the country’s robust economic growth, improve traffic management and investment frameworks.

One condition was emphasized for the ten (10) covered LGUs in the region, mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP). This was laid down during the Training on the Institutionalization of Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) as a tool in mainstreaming DRR-CCA in the CDP.
“Only Region 6 was given funding for this project. This is to enable the building up of LGU planning database that consider the DRR/CCA scenarios, risks and vulnerabilities”. said DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, during the opening program on June 25, 2018. The training runs from June 25-29, 2018 at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.
In attendance are the City/ Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (C/MPDCs), City/ Municipal Agriculturists, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs), City/ Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (C/MLGOOs), City/ Municipal Health Officers, City/ Municipal Engineers and GIS Experts/ Mappers from the local government units of Belison, Antique; Bugasong, Antique; Oton, Iloilo; Dingle, Iloilo; Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Bacolod City; Numancia, Aklan; Balete, Aklan and Dao, Capiz.

The 5-day activity aimed to provide a step by step presentation of the CDRA process and build the competency of the LGU planning team in utilizing CDRA as a tool to determine risks and vulnerabilities in the LGU which they can integrate in the CDP.  CDRA is a process that intends to determine the level of risks and vulnerabilities of areas and sectors in the municipality/ city to climate-related hazards.
Speakers were invited to discuss the critical steps of the CDRA process. The pool of speakers were composed of Mr. Ronaldo Naragdao ,OIC, PAGASA Iloilo Station; Ms. Sarah Joy Bonacua Geologist, DENR-MGB; and speakers from DILG, LGOO VI Giselle Grace Gerial, LGOO IV Anthony Ian G. Andaleza, LGOO II Vicente Albert Aaron S. Andaya and LGOO II Ma. Chris Velmida Gianzon.

The participants were guided on how to analyze the climate change projection, and characterize the natural hazards that may potentially affect the barangays. Likewise, they were taught to determine the scope of the potential impacts of climate hazards and climate change on the LGU.
The activity was conducted in accordance with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121), which requires the LGUs to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change in development processes.
In this light, several activities were conducted by DILG that signified the need to scale up what was started. Building resiliency does not end with policy development and advocacy and information campaign alone but with making local governments and communities adopt and put into action the provisions and core messages of a policy or any advocacy activity.