Consistent to the Proclamation No. 260, dated September 30, 2011 declaring the last Saturday of March as Barangay Assembly Day wherein all barangays are enjoined to conduct Barangay Assembly. For the 1st Semester of this year 2017, it is set on March 25 with the theme, “Sulong Barangay Kontra Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian: Makialam, Makilahok, Makiisa".

The barangay assembly is an institutionalized mechanism to ensure maximum peoples participation in barangay governance.  For this year, a showcase of barangay assembly day is to be held at Barangay Inzo Arnaldo, Roxas City, Capiz.

All barangays are to undertake activities on the day of the assembly such as delivery of the State of the Barangay Address and discuss barangay compliance to national laws and issuances such as Full Disclosure Policy, Anti-Illegal Drugs, Batas Kasambahay Law, and Anti-Trafficking in Person Act.  Likewise, the Secretary Address to the Barangay of DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno shall be read during the assembly day.

Furthermore, salient features of federalism shall be introduced to promote public awareness and understanding of the federal form of government, and discuss issues and concerns affecting the barangay with emphasis on the Accomplishments and Financial Report for the 2nd Semester of CY 2016; Peace and Order; Disaster Preparedness; and Solid Waste Management.

Enclosed in DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-124, SILG Sueno instructed the barangay officials to conduct public awareness activities within the barangay in order to cause the participation of barangay constituents such as but not limited to medical or dental mission, putting up of tiangge, and cultural presentations.

Likewise, the hanging of barangay assembly posters or banners in conspicuous places like the barangay hall, plaza, main streets, market or talipapa and in any tricycle, jeepney or bus terminal in the locality is suggested to further the dissemination of information on the conduct of the barangay assembly. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

The ASEAN 2017 Summit held at Boracay Island on Feb. 9-23, 2017 ended with a success thanks to the dedicated efforts of 21 committee agencies composing the Multi-Agency Coordinating Committee (MACC). Headed by our Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III through Provincial Director John Ace Azarcon and LGMED Chief Dino A. Ponsaran, the DILG was entrusted with 3 roles namely the conduct of Synchronized Communication and Community Relations.

To strengthen Community Relations, 16 representatives from the department raised public awareness through a series of IEC Activities.  MLGOO Mark Delos Reyes took on the challenge of widening avenues for communities and the National Agencies to come together in ensuring a smooth transition of the ASEAN 2017 Summit.  Other activities include Coastal Clean-ups and a Community Outreach Program for the children of Ati Village, Barangay Yapak. 

As the lead agency for Synchronized Communication, the department has served as a coordinating body that maintains the integrity of information-exchange within the MACC.  The main objective is to gather and relay information relevant to the safety of the ASEAN delegates, the community and tourists alike.

With the next leg of the ASEAN 2017 Summit at Iloilo City from March 6-17, 2017, the DILG Regional Office VI shall once again continue to fulfill its commitment to the MACC in ensuring peace and order and safety of both the general public and the ASEAN Delegates.

ILOILO CITY - In the continued pursuit of building stronger partnership between Local Government Units (LGUs) and the private sector in implementing infrastructure projects and basic services, the Department has conducted, in two (2) separate batches, an Orientation Seminar on the LGU Public Private Partnership for the People (P4) Program last January 31, 2017 at Kapis Mansions Hotel, Roxas City and on February 7, 2017 at Hotel Del Rio, Iloilo City.

The activity served as a venue to expand the discussion on the LGU P4 Program that included presentations of PPP modalities and formulation of P4 Ordinance as prerequisites of engagement. As an offshoot of the results generated through a rapid survey during the DevTalk, private sector members were also invited as potential partners to the LGUs if they will opt to engage in the PPP as a strategy.

130 participants were in attendance to represent the LGUs in the provinces of Capiz and Aklan in Roxas City and 280 participants attended from the provinces of Antique, Guimaras, HUC Iloilo City and Iloilo Province in Hotel Del Rio, Iloilo City. The participant of the one-day orientation includes LGU officials headed by their respective Local Chief Executives. The Iloilo Business Club and members from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce headed the private sector participants which also included representatives from Ayala Land Corporation, Double Dragon Properties Corporation and Megaworld Corporation – Iloilo. Experts from various NGAs were also present to provide their inputs during the critiquing process of proposals.

The activity stems from the conduct of the Development Talk last November 16, 2016 that generated a positive response on the LGU P4 Program from the Local Government Units. During that event, the LGUs were introduced to the concept of Public Private Partnership (PPP) tailored the demand and the capacity of the LGUs as proponents, Deputy Executive Director Eleazar Ricote of the PPP Center and BLGD Assistant Director Dennis Villaseñor served as Resource Persons.

The recent phenomenon in the economic expansion of the Philippines has been an immediate result of the robust spending on government infrastructure funded out through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Scheme. The PPP has been the vehicle for private sector participation in the provision of infrastructure and social services.  With PPP, the private sector plays a significant role in the LGU’s growth and development bridging the gaps in the economic and social development. The PPP helps LGUs in providing basic services to communities, promoting general welfare and providing quality of life to the people. (LGOO IV Josephus Zotico M. Deysolong, DILG6)

ILOILO CITY - Graduation ceremony has been conducted for the 207 former drug dependents who have successfully completed their three-month rehabilitation sessions and activities under the Iloilo City Government’s Community-based Rehabilitation Program.  Drug surrenderers received their certificate during their graduation held at the Department of Education (DepEd) Diamond Jubillee Hall on January 12, 2017.

The graduation was not the end of the change to come among the former drug dependents who chose to start a new life free of the substance.  The graduates will undergo another three months of skills training at the Technical Institute of Iloilo City (TIIC), a technical-vocational school run by the city government in coordination with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“We will provide them with trainings and livelihood assistance depending on what they choose such as carpentry, welding, food preparation, etc.” said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.
Dr. Bernabe Caspe, City Health Officer also said that the rehab program will continue.  The graduates still have to report weekly for the after-care services like random drug testing and counselling.  The community change centers where the rehabilitation is conducted are manned with medical practitioners like doctors, psychologists and nurses. There are also volunteers from the religious groups to help in the values formation of the drug dependents as part of working out on their hope to change.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog called on the other drug dependents to take advantage of the rehabilitation program which is offered for free.

“Soon there will be another batch of drug dependents that will be rehabilitated.  There are already districts that have a list of new batch.  This will continue as long as there are surrenderers,” said Mabilog.

The graduation was also graced with the presence of other distinguished guests namely DILG Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua; Heads of religious institutions lead by Rev. Msgr. Meliton B. Oso, PC which among others composes the Ugnayan ng Barangay at mga Simbahan(UBAS) Technical Working Group and Pastor Joeven B. Labaña representing the religious volunteers; PDEA Regional Director Gil T. Pabilona; ICPO Director Senior Supt. Remus Zacarias Canieso; and PNP Director Chief Supt. Jose L. Gentiles. City Councilors namely Jeffrey P. Ganzon, Inday Lee Perla Zulueta and Jay G. Treñas III who delivered the message of Congressman Jerry P. Treñas expressed their utmost support by gracing also the event with their presence.

The community-based rehabilitation program of Iloilo City serves as an inspiration and a replicable program for other local government units being the first in the region as said by Mariecelle B. Zamora, DILG Local Government Operations Officer and confirmed by Mayor Mabilog during the press conference which followed after the graduation.

The P7-million worth rehabilitation program dubbed as “Crossroads” was conceived when President Duterte’s war on drugs brought about 2,400 drug users to surrender.  The city government was challenged then to launch the program on September 2016 where the community-based rehab centers were established in the city’s seven districts./RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6