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One of the criteria of Good Governance in the present administration is the compliance with Republic Act 9184, an act providing for the Modernization, Standardization and Regulation of all the procurement activities of the government.  The law mandates government entities to meet with fiscal reforms in procurement and bidding processes to strengthen internal governance capacity.

In this connection, DILG Region 6 conducted a two-day live-in reorientation training on RA 9184 and its updates last April 18-19, 2013 at the Highway 21 Hotel, Iloilo City. The activity aimed to strengthen the implementation of RA 9184 in the procurement operations of both the regional and field offices. Specifically, it was designed to orient new members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) on the provisions of the law; to update the BAC members of the latest developments on RA 9184 and to provide the participants clear direction on the appropriate procurement procedures.

The said activity was attended by 65 participants from the Regional Office and Field Offices designated as chair or member of the BAC, BAC Secretariat and Technical Working Group.  Included also as participants are the Provincial Directors and Division Chiefs and Unit Heads of the Regional Office.

On the second day of the activity, the participants were made to role play the actual conduct of BAC evaluation, i.e. actual opening of duly accomplished Request for Quotation (RFQ) from three (3) suppliers, given a specific situation.  This exercise helped them to fully understand and use the theories or the learning they got from the topics discussed. An open forum was also accorded the participants the chance to make more clarifications on the different procurement modes and protocols.

Finally, it is hoped that this activity created awareness on the benefits of transparent, competitive, effective and economical procurement on government expenditures as well as a synchronized implementation of procurement procedure at all levels of DILG R6 operations. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG RO6)

ILOILO CITY- In preparation for the next term of office of local officials, the Department of the Interior and Local Government of Western Visayas has recently trained its key technical personnel and focal persons on Upscaling the Preparation of Comprehensive Development Plans (CDP).   DILG Regional Director Evelyn A. Trompeta said that the training was the first of its kind nationwide, as DILG Region VI has determined that local governments in the region need the DILG’s guidance in updating their CDP.

The CDP, along with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, are two major plans required by the Local Government Code of 1991.  Spanning a coverage of six years, the CDP incorporates the plans of different sectors in the locality including the term-based Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) which states the priority of the current administration.

In consonance with the thrust of the Aquino administration, the CDP shall also be sensitive to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management –Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM-CCA).  It may be remembered that new policies and guidelines, most notably Republic Acts 10121 (DRRM) and 9729 (CCA), have mandated and enabled local governments to be frontliners in the preparation, response and rehabilitation of identified disaster-risk areas in their locality.  By mainstreaming DRRM-CCA in the CDP, local administrations could maximize the planning, implementation and monitoring of their plans, programs and activities to effectively address the identified needs of their constituents.

The DILG expects to include an orientation on CDP for the new set of elective local officials by the third quarter of this year, in anticipation of the actual preparation of the said plan.(LGOO V Anna Carolina D. Jardiolin, DILG 6)

ILOILO CITY, April 2 (PIA6) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government here in Region 6 is reminding local officials particulary those running in the national and local elections on May 13 against the use of government’s program and projects for their political advancement.

This after the DILG Regional Office 6 has received copies of letters of some incumbent local chief executives and Department of Social Welfare and Development 6 Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre has written DILG 6 Director Evelyn Trompeta endorsing copies of the same letters of politicians distributed to the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya in their respective municipalities.

In her letter, Macapobre said the letters contained statements identifying the politicians with the program by claiming it to be their own which is contradictory to the program’s Anti-Epal campaign.

Anti-Epal campaign is an information drive launched by DSWD that intends to safeguard its programs and activities from partisan politics during the election period. It focuses on the message that DSWD has the sole authority to include poor households and delist beneficiaries from the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino program.

Macapobre added that their staff had already brought to the attention of the local government officials in their respective areas the agency’s guidelines in the conduct of activities during the 2013 election period.

The guidelines on the conduct of activities on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino during the 2013 campaign and national and local election period issued by DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman contain key essential measures that DSWD field operations staff/personnel have to observe to insulate the Pantawid Pamilya from the influence and/or used for partisan political activities.

Along this line, DILG 6 RD Trompeta urged concerned local officials to strictly observe the department’s Memorandum Circular No. 2010-101 on the ban of names or initials and/or images of government officials in billboards and signages of government programs, projects and properties.

The DILG Circular prohibits the practice of putting up of billboards and signages and other information materials bearing the names, initials or pictures of government personalities on all government projects and properties such as firetrucks, ambulances, vehicles, etc.

“The practice of putting up of billboards and signages bearing the names, initials and images of government officials on government programs and projects has been noticeably abused and misused by some public officials for their personal interests and has taken the credit away from the taxpayers who are the ones paying for such programs or projects through their tax payments,” according to the circular. (LAF/PIA6)

Panay River Basin, one of the three major river basins underwent a strategic planning workshop last February 5-7, 2013.  The local government units covered by the Panay River Basin are the province of Iloilo and Capiz. The municipalities covered under the province of Iloilo are Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, Bingawan, Calinog and Lemery.  In the province of Capiz, the municipalities covered are Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Ma-ayon, Mambusao, Panitan, Cuartero, Sigma and Tapaz.

The strategic planning-workshop aims to identify and define points for collaboration, synergize and build strategic alliance on river basin planning for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in LGUs covered by the Major River Basin.

To achieve the objectives of the activity, lecture-discussion workshops and action planning were carried out. The strategic planning-workshop was conducted in three phases, namely: Forging Alliances for Phase I, Strategic Planning for Phase II and Phase III is the signing of Memorandum of Agreement.

The activities in Phase I involved the forming of LGU alliance including presentation and validation of issues, concerns, workshop outputs and utilization of results of the collaboration workshop; and the commitment building.  Participants for Phase I included Local Chief Executives of the LGUs along the Panay River Basin.

In Phase II, the participants included the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers, Planning Officers, SB Members and MENROs of the LGUs covered by the Panay River Basin.  The activities included developing a shared vision, mission and goals for the alliance, agreement on the key strategies to be implemented to reach the goals and address key issues identified and develop a strategic plan that addresses goals and specific objectives.

The strategic planning-workshop provided a venue for a clear direction to the LGUs covered by the river basin. Ultimately, an institutionalization of the alliance wherein issues, conflicts and concerns will be sanitized and interventions will be prioritized between and among the member LGUs was realized.###(RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG 6)