MASA-MASID and Federalism takes center stage during forum and awareness caravan

One month before the actual celebration of the 26th Local Government Code Anniversary, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 paraded its own way of celebrating this milestone through various activities, staged in Roxas City, Capiz.
Series of activities were conducted from September 12 to 15, as kick-off celebration of the anniversary starting with the updates on the locally-funded projects presented by Local Government Operations Officer VI Romie Potot.  Regional orientation on the programs of the Department specifically the Masa Masid and Federalism was also conducted.  Possible solutions and clarifications on issues and concerns were done through an open forum after each of the presentation of the resource persons namely Local Government Operations Officer V Stephanie Almira and Mr. Jonathan Malaya, Executive Director of PDP Laban Federalism Institute for the topic on Masa Masid and Federalism, respectively.
The last part of the kick-off activities was the Pahampang 2017 (Sports Fest) which started with a caravan in the vicinity of Roxas City aimed to raise people’s awareness on the 26th Local Government Code Anniversary, and as an advocacy for Masa Masid and Transition to Federalism programs of the Department.
The Pahampang 2017 is considered as one of the initiatives of the DILG Region 6 in putting primacy on the well-being, ensuring overall health and wellness of its employees.  The sports played were basketball, volleyball, Laro ng Lahi and parlor games between the Regional Office and its Provincial Offices, fostering sportsmanship, camaraderie and solidarity among the personnel. 
Adding color to the occasion is the cultural presentation which featured talents of five provincial units and the regional office personnel.  Categories were Vocal Solo on Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and songs featured on Broadway Musicals and Group Rendition of Provincial/City Hymn. 
The activities are among those set by the DILG 6 in line with the celebration of the 26th Local Government Code Anniversary.  The lined-up programs and projects intend to celebrate the triumphs and gains of the Local Government Code. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

Through the use of technology, DILG continuously improves monitoring scheme of local plans of local government units. DILG has developed an internet-based system that monitors the Peace and Order and Public Safety (POPS) plans of Local Government Units particularly on plan formulation, funding requirements and accomplishments. The LGUs were taught how to navigate the system through a roll-out activity on POPs Plan Policy Compliance Monitoring held at the Eagle’s Place, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on September 22, 2017.
The Local Peace and Order Councils (LPOCs) are mandated to create a three year plan that contains LGU programs, projects and activities in maintaining peace and order in their respective communities as per DILG Memorandum Circular 2015-128.
Provincial POPS Plan Focal Person Mossad Vincent Araneta discussed how the system works and walked the participants thru the steps of encoding. “The participants are expected to encode the POPS Plan in the system, review for inconsistencies with the workbook and submit accomplishment reports.” said Araneta.                                                                 
Workshops, hands-on exercises and action planning were done by the participants composed of the MLGOOs, POPs Focal Persons and Budget Officers of all 18 municipalities of Antique. The system can also help check if there are inconsistencies in the data encoded and if their targets are achieved.
DILG Antique Provincial Director Victorio Pagapulan encouraged the participants to make use of the system in reaching their targets in maintaining peace and order. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

ILOILO City – “Care to innovate, care to share.”
Such is the message imparted by the implementation of the Local Governance Innovative Solutions Bank (LGISB), one of the newest programs of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) that aims to create a “pool of solutions” that would address challenges faced by LGUs.
In line with the continuous implementation of the LGISB in Western Visayas, the DILG Region 6 has been conducting a series of activities that would promote the program to local government units (LGUs) and capacitate them in its implementation. Among these is its most recent initiative, which enabled the provision of technical assistance to LGUs and selected DILG employees on the documentation of Best Practices.
An initiative of the DILG Regional Office, the “Documentation of Best Practices: an LGISB Writeshop,” was held on September 19-21, 2017 at SmallVille 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo.
Best Practices refer to award-winning LGU innovations and initiatives that were proven to have provided solutions to challenges faced by the LGUs. The LGISB aims to have these practices documented and establish a databank where they will be stored and made available for sharing and replication among LGUs.
Joining the Department in the Writeshop was the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV), one of the partner institutions of the DILG R6 in capacity building through the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium. The university provided resource persons from the Division of Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences to discuss the LGISB template, provide documentation tips and strategies, and to facilitate the documentation writeshop.
The Writeshop was participated by Municipal or City Information Officers or designated LGISB Documenters, members of the LGISB Regional Pool of Writers and selected City and Municipal LGOOs.
Representatives from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a non-government organization which has committed to assist several LGUs in the province of Iloilo in the documentation of their innovations, also attended the Writeshop to familiarize themselves with the LGISB documentation and observe the activity proceedings.
In her special message, Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua enumerated the advantages of properly documented best practices and encouraged the LGUs to ensure that all their undertakings are duly documented.
LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay reoriented the participants on the LGISB, with refresher topics on the rationale, objectives, mechanics and processes involved in the program. It can be recalled that the Department conducted the Orientation of LGISB to all cities and municipalities in the region on June 19-20, 2017 at the same venue.
LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano then provided an overview of the LGISB Documentation Template to guide the participants on the writeshops they are about to undertake.
Mr. Jude Vincent E. Parcon of the UP Visayas discussed the Development Communication Framework, which according to him has a link on the DILG mandate, and to the functions and responsibilities of the LGUs, as well as to the process of documentation of best practices.
Data Collection Methods were introduced and discussed by Prof. Rhodella A. Ibabao. Basic Writing and Documentation Tips, on the other hand, were provided by Parcon to further prepare them for the upcoming mini-writeshops.
Parcon tackled “How to Create Catchy and Effective Titles” and “Organizing the Project Description,” while Prof. Mary Oveta Villareal discussed the Executive Summary, Implementation Procedures and Project Impact.
Throughout the activity, participants underwent five mini-writeshops, which were conducted after every discussion of the LGISB template parts. The documenters were given the chance to present to the body their workshop outputs which were critiqued by the facilitators from UPV and DILG Region 6, who also provided inputs on how to improve their documentation.
Also part of the workshop were short sessions on the Basics of Photography and Layouting/Packaging of Best Practice Documentation. Parcon took on both of these topics. For a more hands-on approach, participants went out of the venue to take photos which were then presented to the participants via a mini-exhibit, where the best photos were given recognition.
The Department is set to conduct the similar writeshops in the next quarters to cater to the remaining LGUs in the region, including those in the province of Negros Occidental which was formerly part of the Negros Island Region. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)

Not long after the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 hosted the conduct of the Orientation and Action Planning Workshop on Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program for the LGU’s of Region 6, the Department once again held an Executive Forum dubbed as EXECUTIVE FORUM 2017: BUILDING LOCAL OVERNANCE CAPACITY THROUGH FUNCTIONAL SERVICE DELIVERY NETWORKS, this time with the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) as the participants. 
 The one-day Executive Forum held on September 7, 2017 at the Smallville 21, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, aimed to harmonize the understanding of the LCEs in implementing the FY 2017 ADM Program as well as to orient them on the guidelines for project identification for the FY 2018 Assistance to Muicipalities (AM) Program.
According to Mr. Richard Villacorte of the DILG OPMO, of the 17 regions in the country, DILG Region 6 is the first to orient and capacitate all the major stakeholders of the program – the MPDC, MLGOO, Accountant, Engineers, Auditors and LCEs.
LCEs has been very receptive of this undertaking as evidenced by the attendance of 83 out of 117 Mayors in the Region including Negros Occidental. Other LCEs who were not able to attend due to prior commitments are well represented by their Municipal Administrators or Vice Mayors.
Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, DILG Regional Director, in his opening message, explained that the main reason of the forum is to clarify issues and concerns regarding the ADM FY 2017 project implementation and to discuss and explain to the Mayors the guidelines for the FY 2018 AM project identification. He also expressed his gratitude towards the generous response of the LCEs to the invitation of the Department despite their busy schedules.
Resource persons from DILG OPMO, Program Manager Mr. Richard L. Villacorte, Program Manager for Local Access Road, Engr. Mario O. Paz and Asst. Program Manager for Local Access Road, Engr. Joemily M. Felicano graced the forum. They addressed the issues and concerns of the LCEs with regards to the FY 2018 AM project menu, budget allocation, fund release and Program governance roadmap.
Moreover, representatives f rom Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Bureau of Treasury (BTr) Regional Office 6 were also present to answer query with regards to fund downloads. (Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)