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The DILG R6 celebrated World Water Day 2021 on March 22, 2021 at Zuri Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, through a series of activities collectively dubbed as “Knowledge Management (KM) in Motion.” This year’s theme “Valuing Water,” highlights the social, economic, cultural, and political values we place on water in the face of the pandemic, and in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and AmBisyon Natin 2040.

“Water is a divine blessing, and waking up without it is like waking up in a disaster, so it is an essential part of our lives,” said DILG R6 ARD Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, as she officially welcomed the guests and participants during the activity. 

Public Forum on Water Governance

DILG, in partnership with the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium conducted a Public Forum on Water Governance of the activity. Four research papers from UP Visayas and Central Philippine University were presented to LGUs and other stakeholders.

These are:

  • “Analysis of Water Property Rights and Responsibilities of Rights Holders in Tigum-Aganan Watershed, Philippines” by Joy C. Lizada, PhD;
  • “Spatio-Temporal Projection of Water Balance components under Climate Change Scenario of the Jalaur River Basin, Philippines” authored by Engr. Christsam Joy S. Jaspe, MEng.;
  • “Institutional Arrangements of Domestic Water Provisioning in Guimaras Island”, by Rosalie A. Hall, PhD; and 
  • “Level III System Domestic Water Quality and Use Pattern in Selected Communities in Guimaras Island, Philippines by Prof. Emeliza C. Lozada, MSFS..

 DILG-LGCDD OIC-Division Chief Christian M. Nagaynay and Lenny Rose P. Mucho, EdD of CPU were the Reactors of the forum. 

Moreover, a logo-making contest for the Western Visayas iWaSH Hub was made where Jan Karlo Bebanco bagged the 1st place, Sherwin Yancy, 2nd place; and Ryan Solen, 3rd place all from CPU.

Read more: DILG R6 celebrates World Water Day with ‘KM in Motion’

Recognizing the need for a solid database to serve as reference on evidence-based planning, the Municipality of Lauaan recently started enumeration for the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in all its barangays.  The CBMS is a survey that covers all households in the locality, thereby enabling the LGU to generate household-level data that may correctly indicate the economic and social status of its constituents.  

Earlier, the municipality signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the CBMS Network to implement the program.  DILG Antique, being part of the CBMS Network, is tasked with conducting the series of CBMS trainings that includes data collection, data processing and poverty mapping, and Barangay and Municipal Comprehensive Development Planning.

Read more: Laua-an used CBMS to profile economic, social situation for evidence-based plans

As of today, 23 confirmed cases were recorded in DILG Iloilo Province. All personnel tested positive were already undergoing isolation in their respective LGUs. Extensive contact tracing has been done to determine up to the 2nd degree of contacts. 

Meanwhile, the DILG Regional Office 6 Management has already declared a Work from Home Arrangement for all personnel to ensure their safety. Moreover, all personnel with established contacts to the positive cases were already informed and were included in the line list of contacts for swabbing.

The DILG Iloilo Province has been decontaminated following this incident.

The DILG 6 has been in close coordination with the Iloilo City Government and the DOH 6 to ensure that all protocols are observed from isolation to contact tracing.

The public is advised to remain calm as the condition is properly managed and handled by the management of DILG 6. 

As the head of the RIATF, the department is committed to secure by all means the general public including its personnel in the infections brought by COVID-19. 

In the spirit of transparency, we will be providing updates to our constituents for their guidance and information.

Let's all continue to observe minimum health standards and ensure that we boost our immune system, as we are still battling this unseen enemy.

With high-spirits, we in DILG 6 guarantees the public that our service will not falter even with this incident. Out commitment remains steadfast in ensuring that we ALL HEAL AS ONE!