- Written by LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato
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- Published: 18 July 2017
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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)