SAN JOSE, Antique - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Antique recently conducted the Provincial Alliance Building at the Tuburan sang Kabuhi Training Center, San Jose, Antique held last June 29-30, 2017 to establish an alliance between the provincial government and the municipalities of the Antique and to identify specific areas of cooperation. This two-day activity became a venue to discuss development issues at the provincial level and promote collaboration among local government units by having a systematic means of identifying areas of convergence.

In attendance were the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCS), Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC) Julie Cepe and  Municipal Mayors of nine municipalities to wit: Sebaste, Barbaza, Tibiao, Belison, San Jose, Valderrama, Tobias Fornier, Sibalom and Culasi.

“We want to see a strong alliance between the provincial government and the municipalities of Antique”, said Mayor of the Municipality of San Jose, Elmer Untaran during his opening remarks. DILG PD Victorio Pagapulan added “We hope to settle bad politics in favor of our constitutents. If we can transcend our political interests, we can better serve the Antiqueños”.

The Province of Antique is the first province to conduct the Provincial Alliance Building in Region 6 according to DILG LGCDD Chief Roselyn Quintana. It is the third essential component of the Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Program. The NEO consisting of three parts, is intended to capacitate LGUs in formulating a term based development roadmap that is anchored on the national agenda. The participants were expected to build collaboration in crafting an inclusive and strategic Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP). They were grouped into clusters and came up with common development priority projects to be included in the PDPFP.

PPDC Juliana Cepe, in her presentation of the provincial situationer, vision, mission and challenges said that one of the main economic driver in the province is tourism. Aulynn Yue-Sin as the lead facilitator guided the participants in each module to harmonize local plans and align the projects, programs and activities of the local government units to the Province’s mission and vision.

Cepe assured the participants that the list of priority projects, as an output of this activity, will be included in the PDPFP as long as it fits the criteria. Considering that the funds are limited, projects with the utmost urgency will be considered and the projects should complement each other in resolving a certain issue. Cepe asked the commitment of the participants to help them package project proposals for projects that the provincial government cannot fund for external sourcing of funds.

Issues were raised and queries were made by the participants after each module. Some of the issues discussed are the following, (1) Local Chief Executives power over the prioritization of programs and projects; (2) conflict between municipal and provincial ordinance; (3) COA audit issues on funding of programs and projects; (4) sustainability of the projects; (5) double funding by other NGAs; (6) effects of access roads to insurgency issues, (7) realignment of projects and (8) direct transfer of funds to barangays without the informing the LGU. The facilitators were able to answer the queries and provided recommendations for further improvement.

This activity brought the LGUs together with common needs and similar passion and they were able to support and complement each other to push for priority projects as one for the development of the province. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

CAMP PERALTA JR., Jamindan, Capiz – The DILG-Aklan led by its Provincial Director John Ace A. Azarcon and field personnel carried out a three day activity dubbed Status Update Conference on Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) and other Locally Funded Projects and Water Search and Rescue Training (WaSaR) last June 28-30, 2017 at Camp Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz.

The first day saw updates on BUB Projects as well as other locally funded projects presented by Engr. Mickel Boy Regalado, Engineer III of Aklan field office. The field officers were apprised of the projects such as provision for clean water, evacuation center, local roads among others that have been completed and those that are still ongoing as well as projects lagging behind in the implementation. This is also in consonance with the timelines that should be observed so that public infrastructure projects funded by the Department are not hampered and sidetracked even by events beyond the control of the field personnel.

Strategies to fast track the implementation thereof such as on time compliance with the documentary requirements and monitoring and evaluation were also identified.

With that, the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) comprising the 17 municipalities of Aklan committed to comply with the lacking requirements and dutifully do their fair share as Engr. Regalado of the Project Development and Management Unit (PDMU) of Aklan vowed to faithfully assist the officers in the implementation of the projects.

After the BUB updates, a training related to disaster preparedness commenced in the afternoon. The activity was very much attuned with the current times as the month of July is declared as Disaster prevention month.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Aklan demonstrated to the field officers the basics of rope technique, lines simulation, and knot tying workshop as an integral skill in rescue operation. The DRR officers painstakingly taught the theory and the practical application of such techniques.

The second day of the conference was a continuation of the actual application of water search and rescue training which was eagerly participated in by the DILG personnel. The system and method to parry the deadly effects in times of flooding and calamities in large bodies of water were ably conducted by the DRR officers.

The line of activities as a part of the conference is also geared towards providing the DILG Personnel of the necessary skills in times of calamities and disasters.

A tree planting activity was conducted in the morning of the third day of the conference as advance observance of Arbor day. Arbor day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. The camp which is several thousand hectares is home to different plants and trees planted by the personnel of the 3rd Infantry Division as part of their efforts to conserve the area and the preservation of the environment.  50 fruit bearing trees were planted in a vacant lot assigned by the army officers and will be named DILG Aklan personnel area. (LGOO II Aniano Ray F. Franco, DILG6-Aklan)

The physical accomplishments and financial status of each of the DILG-initiated projects implemented in the local government units were monitored to determine if the funds being downloaded to the local level are being used efficiently and effectively. The regular monitoring activities of the department is part of its anti-corruption mechanisms for better transparency and accountability of public funds.

The projects are funded under the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) for FY 2015. There will be no BUB projects for 2017 but the department needs to fast track the implementation of the BUB 2014-2016 projects.

A team composed of engineers from the Office of Project Development Services (OPDS) and Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) of DILG recently conducted a monitoring of locally funded projects in the municipalities of Barbaza, Bugasong and Culasi. Among the projects monitored during the 2-day visit on June 27-28, 2017 are: Rehabilitation of Evacuation Center with Complete Amenities amounting to 1M in Barbaza; Flood Control (Construction of Pile Driving) amounting to 5M and Construction of 1KM Drainage/ Canal amounting to 2.5M in Bugasong and Construction of Flood Control (Grouted Riprap) amounting to 3.3M in Culasi.

The team was composed of Engr. Donee Ruinata of the DILG Antique Provincial Office, Engr. Joebert Pillora of the Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) and Engr. Shyrrah Faye Elizaga Office of the Project Development Services (OPDS).

The team conducted interviews with the municipal engineers and MLGOOs to determine the status of the projects and factors that hinder the progress of the project implementation. The team also visited the completed project - Construction of Drainage (Flood Control) in Brgy. Pojo-Jinalinan in Bugasong amounting to 4.2M under the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) and the ongoing construction of evacuation center in Brgy. Ilauod amounting to 4M (for Phase 3 of construction only) funded under the BUB for FY 2016. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

ILOILO City – Local government units all over the Western Visayas Region were encouraged by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to document their “best practices” or innovations that proved successful in addressing local governance challenges.
“The Department believes that there are a lot of initiatives here that may be considered ‘best practices.’ The only problem is that they are not being properly documented,” said Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, regional director of the DILG R6 during the recently-conducted Orientation on Local Governance Innovative Solutions Bank (LGISB).

The orientation, held at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City aimed to orient LGUs in the Western Visayas Region on LGISB, one of the most recent initiatives of the DILG as it heads toward its goal of finding solutions to problems and issues that hamper local government operations today.

In order to accommodate all 101 city and municipal LGUs in the region, the orientation was divided into two schools. The first school, held on June 19, was attended by 135 participants from Iloilo City, and Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. The second school, conducted on June 20, was attended by 145 participants from the Aklan, Antique and Capiz provinces. Local Government Operations Officers, Local Chief Executives (LCEs) or their representatives, Information Officers and members of the LGISB Provincial Pool of Writers tasked to edit best practices comprised the participants.

A brainchild of the Local Government Academy (LGA), the LGISB seeks to create an “Innovative Solutions Bank” or a bank of best practices that will hasten the collection, dissemination and/or creation of practical but strategic solutions to specific governance challenges faced by local government units. Through LGISB, best practices will be matched with the LGUs’ needs as reflected in their Capacity Development (CapDev) Agenda.

Gracing the activity was LGOO VI Angelina T. Layugan, Assistant Division Chief of the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) of the LGA. She discussed the LGISB and replication processes, and kept the participants abreast on the updates on LGISB from the national level. Layugan also explained the criteria for best practices and addressed issues and concerns of the participants with regard to the LGISB.

Roselyn B. Quintana, Division Chief of the Local Capacity Development Division (LGCDD), the implementing division of the LGISB in the region, oriented the participants on the mechanics of the LGISB as well as the background of the program. Also among the topics she tackled are the goals and objectives of the program, benefits LGUs may derive from it and the members of the LGISB team in the regional level.

The template on documenting best practices, which will guide the LGUs in the documentation of their innovations, was discussed by LGOO II Freda Mae Sorsano. More writeshops on the template shall be held to enhance documenters’ knowledge and skills, shared Layugan.

Since the CapDev Agenda also plays a big part in the realization of the LGISB, a brief discussion on this topic was included in the orientation. The mechanics and steps in the formulation of CapDev Agenda was presented by LGOO V Anna Carolina Jardiolin. Rosemae Songcuya, Regional IT Officer, discussed the Online Capacity Development Market System (OCDMS), the online databank of CapDev Agenda, and explained how the system is connected with the LGISB.   LGISB was established through DILG Memorandum Circular 2017-165.(LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)