ILOILO CITY – Further promotion of Business Permits and Licensing (BPLS) and other initiatives can help communities attract more businesses, improve their revenue collection and achieve local autonomy.

Such is the stand of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 which recently conducted an Orientation on New BPLS Standards and Regulatory Simplification for Local Government Units (RS4LGU).

The activity was divided into two schools in order to accommodate all LGUs throughout the region. The first school, participated by LGU representatives from the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz, was held on June 1, 2017 at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo. The second school, attended by participants from the provinces of Guimaras and Iloilo as well as the highly-urbanized city of Iloilo, was held the day after at the same venue.

A total of 100 participants attended the first school, while the second school was graced by 105 target audiences. Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs) and Business Processing and Licensing Officers (BPLOs) from the municipalities and cities comprised the participants.

LGOO V Christian Nagaynay updated the LGUs as to the region’s current status of implementation of the BPLS. According to the data gathered by the Local Governance Capability Development Division (LGCDD), the implementing division of BPLS in Region 6, 99 out of 101 cities and municipalities in Western Visayas were already able to streamline BPLS in their areas of responsibility.

Nagaynay also discussed the salient features of Joint Memorandum Circular 01-2016 or the Revised Standards in Processing Business Permits and Licenses in cities and municipalities. The revised BPLS standards direct the LGUs to process business permits within 1-2 days for new businesses or for renewal.

The implementation of the BPLS left a positive impact in the business climate of the region, said the DILG.

“The reform standards were able to attract a total of 57, 821 business establishments in the region, generating P442, 339, 257.11 from business taxes, fees and charges,” shared Roselyn B. Quintana, LGCDD chief.

Senior Fire Officer 3 Norman C. Valenzuela, chief of the Fire Safety Enforcement Section of the Bureau of Fire Protection Region VI tackled “Fire Safety Inspection Certificate Assessment and Inspection” and answered concerns regarding the matter. The Regional Director of the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), Dir. Gilbert B. Gumabay, meanwhile, oriented the participants on the Assessment of Business Taxes and Other Fees and shared tips on how LGUs can improve revenue collection.

BPLS Automation was introduced and explained to the participants by Engr. Joemar B. Magbanua of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT). In his presentation, Magbanua enumerated the features of the electronic-BPLS (e-BPLS) software and the processes on how to install and access the application, among others.

LGOO V Janwen Gaspar, RS4LG coach, oriented the participants on the RS4LG Approach in Analyzing the LGU BPLS. Specifically, he presented an Introduction to Regulatory Simplification and oriented the participants on how to examine their LGUs BPLS using the Diagnosis Tool.

Aside from providing the municipal and city LGOOs and BPLOs more information and recent updates and developments on BPLS and RS4LGU, the activity also served as a venue for the LGUs to raise issues and concerns on the programs as well as to share their experiences in their implementation and recommendations on how to improve them.

By the end of the activity, the LGUs were able to formulate their BPLS and RS4LGU Action Plans to serve as their step-by-step guide in the implementation of the programs.

The Department will also be conducting an Orientation on BPLS Automation on July 24-28, 2016, to further introduce and champion the electronic way of business permitting and licensing in the region. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)

SAN JOSE, Antique – Since the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Portal was established last 2015, the participating National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) are providing the status of BUB projects every quarter of the progress of project implementation.
The DILG had created the BUB Portal principally aimed to monitor the status of the BuB projects and to provide real time reporting to all stakeholders. The BUB Portal or the provides access to data on projects and programs implemented by LGUs across the Philippines. Through this, the public have access to primary data on the implementation of projects including project status, location, implementing agency and budget.
As part of the DILG’s effort to harmonize the status of BUB projects in the OpenBUB Portal, status report of NGAs and LGUs and to provide real-time reporting, the department has formulated a Unified Reporting Template for the status of BuB project implementation using Google Sheets and Google Drive.
Google Sheets is a spreadsheet and is part of a free web-based software office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. The suite allows users to create and edit files online while collaborating with other users in real-time.
”Each LGU has appointed a BUB Focal Person to upload status reports to the BUB portal however, not all LGUs were able to encode status updates of their projects” said Rubina Jane G. Garces, DILG Antique BUB Focal Person. Garces added that in some cases, the reports from the LGUs do not jive with the reports of NGAs. To address this issue, DILG Antique Provincial Office invited all the BUB Focal Persons in the province to attend a roll-out on the Unified Reporting Template for BUB Project Status on April 5, 2017 at the DILG Antique Provincial Office, San Jose, Antique.
During the activity, the participants were guided on the real-time reporting of BUB projects status using Google Sheets and Google Drive. The activity also served as an avenue for the focal persons to air out their concerns. It was noted that most of the municipalities in the province experience difficulty in internet connection. The focal persons were urged to continuously promote transparency by updating the status reports of the projects implemented in their respective municipalities. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antque)

The conduct of the pre assessment is an initiative of DILG- Aklan which is a measure to encourage the LGU to comply with the documentary requirements and also putting into action the mandate of the Local Government Code of 1991 on the delivery of basic services.
The Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) is an incentives based program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) which challenges Local Government Units to continue good governance practices while providing better services. It is anchored on transparency and accountability which is already in its fourth year of implementation.
There are two types of SGLG Areas: Core and Essential Areas. The former is composed of Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness, Social Protection and Peace and Order which was an essential area but with a shift in the Fiscal Policy of the government was incorporated as a core area because the same is a priority measure in the battle against illegal drugs, criminality and graft and corruption. The latter lists Business Friendliness and Competitiveness, Environmental Management and Tourism Culture and the Arts with the latter as the newest addition to cater to the booming tourism industry of the country.
This year the pre assessment started in March 20  and will cover all of the 17 municipalities of the Province of Aklan including the Province itself. The assessors from the provincial office will scrutinize all of the required documents and provisions for infrastructure such as ramps for persons with disabilities, waste segregation facilities, early warning device for typhoons and other calamities, materials recovery facility and other structures required by law.
During its second year of implementation, only provincial focal person LGOO V Atella Velasco conducted the pre assessment as an offshoot of the invitation of municipal social welfare officers (MSWDO) and other functionaries to provide them with the necessary backgrounder and preparation during the actual validation. So it came to pass that such practice was institutionalized by the provincial office headed by provincial director John Ace Azarcon.
This year, the team is composed of LGOOs VI Maricel Bechayda and Lynette P. Urquiola, LGOOs V Atella Velasco and Racefin O. Suco and LGOOs II Joy Nabor, Rucel Batuampo and Aniano Ray F. Franco to assist in the pre assessment process. The municipalities that have been pre assessed are Kalibo, Ibajay, Batan, Buruanga, Tangalan, Malinao, Nabas, Lezo and New Washington. Next in line are Provincial Government of Aklan, Malay, Altavas, Makato and the rest in the second week of April. (LGOO II Aniano Ray F. Franco, DILG6-Aklan).

The National Government has allocated PhP 6.5B to 74 pilot provinces for the implementation of Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran or KALSADA program. The Province of Antique was allotted approximately 84M for the concreting of local roads in Sibalom and Patnongon.
The KALSADA program aims to help local government units (LGUs) in progressively improving local road conditions by providing technical and capacity development assistance to provinces through training, mentoring and coaching on local road management as well as funding for road upgrading, improvement, and rehabilitation.

Engr. Donee Ann Ruinata of DILG Antique Provincial Office recently conducted monitoring of the concreting of Nagdayao-Pis-anan Road in Sibalom amounting to 50M and concreting of Larioja-Tigbalogo Road in Patnongon amounting to 34M . The projects started on December 8, 2016 and expected to finish on October 2017. The Antique Provincial Government allotted 20M as their counterpart for the two road projects.
Program Manager Raymundo Palanog said that the KALSADA program intends to guide the LGUs in local road management.
The performance criteria for FY 2016 are based on a province’s performance on the implementation of its Special Local Road Fund (SLRF) Projects, and Performance on road maintenance based on the DILG Provincial Road Inventory of good to fair roads.
To qualify for the KALSADA program, the province must be a recipient of the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping under the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Prior to fund release, the province submitted necessary documentary requirements which include Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP) and Detailed Engineering Design (DED), among others.

The DILG conducted a series of capability building training-workshops to the participating LGUs to help the LGUs comply with the documentary requirements for the KALSADA program, as well as giving one-on-one technical assistance on polishing of DEDs submitted as per request of LGUs that need it.
This year the program is looking to cover all provinces and cities nationwide. The compliance with the Good Financial Housekeeping standards will still be employed, but it will be included in the list of documentary requirements the LGU has to comply with prior to fund release. The Program is optimistic in inculcating significant improvements in Local Road Management all over the country as well as reforms in governance and ultimately contribute to a sustained progress in the socio-economic development of provinces. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)