The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12. The objective of this annual event with its year’s theme “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me” is to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW, consistent with the Magna Carta of Women.  

RA 9262 or Elimination of Violence Against Women and Their Children is a law to ensure protection of women all women and their children shall be protected from all forms of violence.  Several advocacy programs regarding elimination of violence against women were conducted in the past years to all Regional Office personnel, especially in the women workforce.

This year, the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, included in its program of activities an advocacy forum that reached out to the offenders and victims of violence as well.  A forum was held on November 9, 2016 at the BJMP Iloilo District Jail in Nanga, Pototan entitled RA 9262 VAWC Offenders:  “Pamatian ang Kasugu-an”.   It was an educational outreach and behavior shaping mechanism to primarily prevent recurrence of the same offense by the VAWC Offenders. The audience were thr inmates of the said district jail both perpetrators and victims.  A two-hour lecture and open forum was delivered by C/Insp. Joem C. Malong  Regional Chief, Women’s and Children’s Desk, Camp Delgado, PNP Regional Office VI.

It was a successful forum considering that not all perpetrators are aware of the VAWC law and not all victims are willing to cooperate or report an incident of violence primarily because of several issues such as the following:  It is a quarrel between husband and wife; Victims cannot afford to lose a husband who provides for the living of the family; Barangay VAW Desks are too far from the place of incident; Barangay VAW Desks do not have competent processors; Barangay VAW Desks are not functional.

It is believed that the forum have helped in the information dissemination even if perpetrators are already incarcerated and victims even jailed.

ILOILO PROVINCE - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Iloilo Provincial Office launched the Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal na Droga or the MASA-MASID Program on November 21, 2016 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel. The MASA-MASID Program aims to prevent corruption, criminality and illegal drugs with the participation of all sectors at the grassroots level.

The program, according to DILG Iloilo Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, is a take-off point to reinforce the commitment of public officials and the different sectors of the society in the fight against drugs, corruption and criminality. Local officials and representatives of national government agencies were invited to get their commitment to stand up against all forms of illegal activities.

DILG VI Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda said that MASA-MASID boosts the spirit of volunteerism. “Magtatagumpay lang po ito kung lahat tayo ay magsasama-sama” said Nuyda. He urged the representatives of DILG, PNP, DSWD, DOH, other national government agencies, faith-based organizations and local government units to make this program a successful one.

Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) Acting Provincial Director PSSUPT Harold B. Tuzon stressed that the police force is serious in getting rid of illegal drugs as one of the top priorities of the Duterte administration. He added that the cooperation of the community is essential in the success of the anti-illegal drug campaign “Double Barrel” which was launched on July 1, 2016. Project Tokhang and Project High Value Target (HVT)/Low Value Target (LVT) are the PNP operational thrusts that support this campaign and information from the community is vital in the campaign’s success. Tuzon added that killing is not part of the campaign and gave an assurance that the PNP tracks and monitors every case filed.

MASA MASID involves the participation of all sectors in the community which include faith-based organizations, barangay based institutions, CSOs, NGOs and volunteers. The expanded Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) composed of the church, other faith-based organizations and the barangays, which was initially formulated to monitor Bottom-Up Budgeting project implementation, is now an instrument to strengthen the MASA-MASID Program.

Assistant Secretary for Barangay Affairs of the DILG, ASEC Roosque B. Calacat said that national government agencies like DOH, DSWD, DILG and TESDA among others are joining hand in hand in implementing programs for drug prevention, drug rehabilitation and reintegration or aftercare programs for drug surrenderees. Calacat encouraged the barangay officials to reactivate their Barangay Anti-Illegal Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) and to mobilize MASA-MASID teams. “We will drug proof the barangays”, Calacat said.

JASAC Director Msgr. Meliton B. Oso, Provincial Liga President Pablito G. Gemarino and LMP President Jett C. Rojas pledged their 100% commitment to support the program. The provincial launching ended with the signing of pledge of commitment of local officials, faith-based groups, representatives of national government agencies and other stakeholders. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Iloilo Province)

The showcase of accomplishments brought about by Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and People’s Participation Partnership Program (PPPP) in this year’s national summit will be held in the region on December 6-9, 2016 at Punta Villa Resort, Iloilo City. 

The summit will be participated by the representatives of implementing Local Government Units all throughout the country. Notable guests include Dr. Alex Brillantes of the Commission on Higher Education leading the contingent from the different Learning Resource Institutions in the country as the primary implementing partner for the program. Also expected to join are DILG Officials including some of the Regional Directors.

The 2016 National Summit of the CSO-PPPP will present the 2016 accomplishments on the projects and activities under the CSO- Peoples Participation Partnership Program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government through its Bureau of Local Government Supervision.  The results of the mapping conducted by the Department regarding this program will also be highlighted.

The Civil Society Organization (CSO) has always been engaging with the public and private sectors in advocating the good of the projects and programs for the local governments in nation building.   Accomplishments under the CSO-PPPP are on the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS), DILG Technical Assistance Program, and Electronic Watch or e-Watch System.

Under the CSIS, results of the 2016 Pilot Testing in 31 municipalities; issues and concerns, including recommendations from the Regional Offices, will be presented as an input in the improvements for the 2017 program implementation.

In the same summit, the sharing of pilot-testing experiences of the E-watch system will be featured, to include website navigation and implementing policies and protocols; the generation of feedback, inputs and recommendations from stakeholders, development and implementation partners for future enhancement of the system. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

In this year’s 25th year Local Government Code anniversary celebration with the theme, “LGC @ 25: Pagsulong, Progreso, Pagbabago,” the DILG 6 aims to strengthen the advocacy of the Department on several engagements with various stakeholders.  As such, the month of October-November of CY 2016 was filled with activities on advocacy strategies among different LG stakeholders.

The activities kicked-off with the launching of the Masa-Masid, a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit of Volunteerism at the community level; and an Orientation on JMC 2016-01 Revised Standards on Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) on October 6, 2016. The said events were graced with the presence of Usec. Atty. Jesus V. Hinlo, Jr. and Asec. Roosque B. Calacat.

Aside from the attendance of the DILG personnel during the launching of Masa-Masid, it was also attended by personnel from the attached bureaus namely PNP, BJMP, BFP and NAPOLCOM headed by their regional director.  Personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) came also to attend the launching of Masa-Masid. 

Likewise, the orientation on the Revised Standard on BPLS was discussed by Anna Liza F. Bonagua, OIC Director Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD), DILG. Part also of the orientation was the Expanding Local Government Unit (LGU) potentials through Public Private Partnership for the People project or LGU P4 discussed by Lucita LV dela Pena of the BLGD.

The Signing of Pledge of Commitment by the Directors, Division Chiefs, Regional Management Coordinating Council (RMCC) Members, Cluster Heads and Program Managers concluded the two activities.

The following day, October 7, 2016 was the Sports Fest or the “Pahampang 2016”, a friendly inter-office sports competition between and among the five provincial units and the regional office personnel of DILG Region VI.  The said event was conducted as part of the capacity development of the personnel putting primacy on their well-being and ensures their overall health and wellness.  This also fostered camaraderie and solidarity among the personnel through sports competition.

Along with the celebration was also the Regional Interfacing on Monitoring and Evaluation of Locally-Funded Project Implementation and Orientation on DILG’s New Programs.

The celebration capped with the conduct of the Local Governance Quiz or LG Quiz on November 15, 2016 participated by representatives from the Academe, City/ Municipal Functionaries and Barangay Officials and the Local Government Forum dubbed as the Development Talk or DevTalk held on November 16, 2016 with more than 300 in attendance comprised of Local Chief Executives, partner agencies and other stakeholders.

The LG Quiz highlighted the response of LGUs in addressing meaningfully the threats of climate change and the unpredictable weather conditions through local initiatives like the Oplan Listo.  A first of its kind in the region, the LG Quiz is another avenue that heightens awareness on the different undertakings of the Department as part of its mandate as the lead in strengthening disaster preparedness measures.

Through the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) and in partnership with the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium (WVLGRC), this year’s creation of DevTalk covered the topics on Federalism, as the next logical step after decentralization; and Expanding LGU potentials through Public Private Partnership for the People project or LGU P4.

Resource speakers on Federalism were former Congressman Rolando Adamat; Gerald “Dindi” Tan, Asst. Project Management Officer, DILG Task Team on Federalism; and Prof. Brian Ventura of the College of Arts and Sciences of UP Visayas.  The LGU P4 were discussed by Eleazar E. Ricote, Deputy Executive Director, Public Private Partnership Center; and Engr. Dennis D. Villaseñor, Asst. Director, BLGD.  DILG Head Executive Assistant Josephine C. Leysa delivered the message in behalf of Secretary Ismael Sueno.

With the aim of making excellence in local governance a tradition through the conduct of the said activities, the DILG Region 6 pursues the promotion of a culture of learning and knowledge sharing to capacitate LGU to administer and maximize the opportunities made available by the Local Government Code of 1991. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)