The National Government has allocated PhP 6.5B to 74 pilot provinces for the implementation of Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran or KALSADA program. The Province of Antique was allotted approximately 84M for the concreting of local roads in Sibalom and Patnongon.
The KALSADA program aims to help local government units (LGUs) in progressively improving local road conditions by providing technical and capacity development assistance to provinces through training, mentoring and coaching on local road management as well as funding for road upgrading, improvement, and rehabilitation.

Engr. Donee Ann Ruinata of DILG Antique Provincial Office recently conducted monitoring of the concreting of Nagdayao-Pis-anan Road in Sibalom amounting to 50M and concreting of Larioja-Tigbalogo Road in Patnongon amounting to 34M . The projects started on December 8, 2016 and expected to finish on October 2017. The Antique Provincial Government allotted 20M as their counterpart for the two road projects.
Program Manager Raymundo Palanog said that the KALSADA program intends to guide the LGUs in local road management.
The performance criteria for FY 2016 are based on a province’s performance on the implementation of its Special Local Road Fund (SLRF) Projects, and Performance on road maintenance based on the DILG Provincial Road Inventory of good to fair roads.
To qualify for the KALSADA program, the province must be a recipient of the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping under the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Prior to fund release, the province submitted necessary documentary requirements which include Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP) and Detailed Engineering Design (DED), among others.

The DILG conducted a series of capability building training-workshops to the participating LGUs to help the LGUs comply with the documentary requirements for the KALSADA program, as well as giving one-on-one technical assistance on polishing of DEDs submitted as per request of LGUs that need it.
This year the program is looking to cover all provinces and cities nationwide. The compliance with the Good Financial Housekeeping standards will still be employed, but it will be included in the list of documentary requirements the LGU has to comply with prior to fund release. The Program is optimistic in inculcating significant improvements in Local Road Management all over the country as well as reforms in governance and ultimately contribute to a sustained progress in the socio-economic development of provinces. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

The  Municipality of Hamtic, through the able leadership of Mayor Julius Ronald L. Pacificador,  in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Antique, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Regional Office VI, PNP-Hamtic, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Antique, DILG-Hamtic, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region VI and National Auxiliary Chaplaincy of the Philippines (NACPHIL) launched its “Exodus to Recovery: A Community-Based Rehabilitation Program for Illegal Drug Surrenderers” on March 27, 2017, 2:00 PM at the DECS Building, Hamtic, Antique.
The launching of the Exodus to Recovery marked the onset of the 26-day Community-Based Rehabilitation Program 9(CBRP) for the 101 drug surrenderers in the Municipality of Hamtic, Antique.  The said activity was attended by the total surrenderer population in the 21 drug-affected barangays and concerned Punong Barangays. Honoured guests, key officials, functionaries and surrenderers were welcomed by  Hon. Julius L. Pacificador who also concisely presented the main objective of the program.
Also, the activity was graced by the presence and words of  Hon. Rhodora J. Cadiao, Governor of the Province of Antique who underscored that the CBRP is a door which opens a bright opportunity for surrenderers to embrace  and live new and promising lives. This was also supported by words of inspiration given by distinguished guests, namely, P/SSupt. Christopher E. Tambungan, Deputy Regional Director for Operations, PNP Regional Office VI, Dir. Victorio S. Pagapulan, CESO V, Provincial Director, DILG-Antique, Levi S. Ortiz, Assistant Regional Director-PDEA VI and P/SSupt. Leo Irwin O. Agpangan, Acting Provincial Director, Antique PPO.
A brief overview on the program was given by Chaplain Himinio A. Guillermo, Counselling Specialist of  NACPHIL wherein he discussed the implementation scheme  of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. He stated that the rehabilitation program will be inclusive of exercises aimed towards the moral recovery of concerned drug surrenderers to prepare them for future community integration. He further stressed that the program operations shall be spearheaded by NACPHIL in cooperation with key officials, functionaries, offices and agencies in Hamtic, Antique. In relation to this, Chaplain Maria Assumpta R. Flores, the National Program Director of NACPHIL apprised the attendees of the identity of NACPHIL as an organization and catalyst of moral rehabilitation.
As a token of appreciation for this milestone, the Provincial Government of Antique awarded one computer set to the Municipality of Hamtic
which was taken under the accountability of Hamtic Municipal Police Station.
Appreciation and gratitude was expressed by P/SSupt., Leo Irwin O. Agpangan and P/Insp. Josefo L. Dime to all stakeholders of this collaborative effort. The program was closed by Hon. Edgar Denosta, Vice-Governor, Province of Antique, who reminded the surrenderers that the process is a transition towards a better life. (LGOO V Janwen C. Gaspar, MLGOO-Hamtic, Antique)

A Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment (RSSA) was recently conducted to the completed subprojects funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Province of Antique. This assessment aims to ascertain the functionality of the projects.

The actual conduct of RSSA was conducted by the DILG Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) for projects amounting to less than 1M, the DILG Provincial Office by Engr. Donee Ruinata for projects amounting to 1M to 1.5M, the Project Development Management Unit by DILG Region 6 for projects amounting to more than 1.5M to 2.5M and the Office of the Project Development Services for projects above 2.5M.

Among the projects assessed were the construction and rehabilitation of water supply system funded by the SALINTUBIG Project and Bottom-up Budgeting in the municipalities of Barbaza, Caluya, Laua-an, Patnongon and San Remigio.

Rehabilitation and repair of public buildings that were destroyed during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 in ten (10) municipalities were also assessed funded by the Recovery Assistance for Yolanda (RAY) program of DILG. These public buildings include the municipal halls, public markets, civic centers, day care centers and barangay halls.

A total of 39.6M of DILG funded projects were validated by the team in the municipalities of Barbaza, Bugasong, Caluya, Culasi, Laua-an, Libertad, Pandan, Patnongon, San Remigio, Sebaste, Tibiao and Valderrama.

The result of the assessment will be used in the preparation of the FY 2018 budget proposal of the Department for the Locally-Funded Projects. Subprojects that require additional funding to be fully operational and to attain its objective will be prioritized for the FY 2018 appropriation. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG-Antique)

The Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Team of DILG-Antique is going around the province to conduct trainings in nine target LGUs. Antiqueños are set to be trained as enumerators, coordinators and field editors for the implementation of the CBMS in the municipalities of Tobias Fornier, Belison, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Bugasong, Valderrama, Pandan and Culasi.

The CBMS is a poverty monitoring system that collects household information at the local level. The data collected can be used by the LGUs as inputs in the formulation of development plans and poverty reduction programs.

 “It is a mechanism to support the decentralization process by providing the LGUs with a system to improve local governance and develop policies and programs that meet the needs of the people” said CBMS Focal Person Hennesey Gasataya.

With a budget of 9.8M sourced from the 2016 Bottom-up Budgeting Program (BuB), the amount shall cover the trainings of the enumerators, field editors and coordinators and the purchase of tablets for the implementation of the project in nine target LGUs. Other LGUs, however, funded their own CBMS trainings, in the case of Caluya, Sebaste and Patnongon.

The CBMS utilizes household surveys to collect information at the local level. It determines how poor a barangay or municipality is and identifies who and where the poor are through poverty maps as outputs.

CBMS covers a total of five modules- data collection, data processing and poverty mapping, barangay development plan (BDP) formulation, and comprehensive development plan (CDP) formulation.

The following are the indicators that capture the multidimensional aspects of poverty: 1. Health, 2. Nutrition, 3. Housing, 4. Water and Sanitation, 4. Basic Education, 5. Income, 6. Employment and 7. Peace and Order.
Trainings on data collection, the first module of CBMS, were already conducted starting January in the municipalities of Belison, Tobias Fornier and Libertad followed by San Jose and Sibalom last February. Recently, the CBMS team conducted the same training in the municipality of Bugasong to be followed by Valderrama on March 20-24, 2017 and Pandan and Culasi in April.

Through the reliable data gathered and processed through the CBMS, it is envisioned that the local development plans shall be responsive in addressing challenges posed by poverty. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)