Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique and Tubungan, Iloilo are this year’s Best Performing LGUs in the Region. The accolade was given by the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region VI through the annual search for Excellence in Local Governance (EXCELL) Awards.

EXCELL Awards recognizes LGUs with exemplary accomplishments in the fields of Administrative, Social, Economic and Environmental Governance. It looks into the LGU’s compliance to the different mandates and requirements of various national government agencies, innovative best practices, governance awards received, and compliance to full disclosure police.

This year, the Province of Iloilo was declared as the Best Performing Province and was subsequently declared as Hall of Fame after winning the Best Performing Province for three consecutive years. The Province of Iloilo also bagged the special awards on Excellence in Economic Governance, Excellence in Social Governance and Excellence in Environmental Governance. The Province of Capiz was announced as the 1st Runner-up, Best Performing Province and Champion, Excellence in Administrative Governance. Likewise, the Province of Aklan was proclaimed as the 2nd Runner-up, Best Performing Province.

For City Category, the City of Iloilo was pronounced as the Best Performing City after being adjudged to have excelled in the areas of Economic, Social and Administrative Governance. The City of Passi, Iloilo was declared as 1st Runner-up, Best Performing City and Champion, Excellence in Environmental Governance. While the City of Roxas, Capiz was named as 2nd Runner-up, Best Performing City.

For 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category, the Municipality of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique was declared as Best Performing1st-3rd Class Municipality. It also took home all four (4) special awards that includes Excellence in Administrative Governance, Excellence in Social Governance, Excellence in Economic Governance, and Excellence in Environmental Governance. The Municipalities of Kalibo, Aklan and Oton, Iloilo were recognized as the 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up, Best Performing1st-3rd Class Municipality respectively.

For 4th-6th Class Municipality Category the Municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo was awarded as the Best Performing 4th-6th Class Municipality. It also received all four (4) special awards that includes Excellence in Administrative Governance, Excellence in Social Governance, Excellence in Economic Governance, and Excellence in Environmental Governance. The Municipalities of Bingawan and Mina, Iloilo were recognized as the 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up, Best Performing 4th-6th Class Municipality, respectively.

The 2016 Excellence in Local Governance (EXCELL) Awards covers the LGU Performance from January 1, 2015-December 31, 2015 and was assessed by the Representatives of various national government agencies and civil society organizations.

The awarding ceremony was conducted last December 21, 2016 during the annual PAGDAYAW with a theme Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat sa Matino, Mahusay, at Maaasahang Pamahalaang Lokal. (LGOO V Ildefonso M. Orquejo, Jr., DILG6)

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In an effort to laud and sustain the drive for good governance, the Department will once again conduct the Pagdayaw which is an annual tradition recognizing the commendable performance and novelty of the local government units and the DILG personnel towards excellence in local governance. The theme “Pagpupugay at Pasasalamat sa Matino, Mahusay at Maasahang Pamahalaang Lokal” captures the celebration of the Department’s milestones in embarking into the process of leading Local Government Units to a meaningful change. The said event will be held on December 20-21, 2016 at Puntavilla Resort, Arevalo, Iloilo City.

Distinctive of its mandate, DILG Region VI greatly promotes best practices and exemplary performance through its awards system such as EXCELL and the PISAN Awards.  The awards system has proven that excellence is attained regardless of political differences, job descriptions and responsibilities. 

Pagdayaw will encapsulate the year-end program review and assessment as a genuine description of bringing together the regional management and personnel for the annual year-end assessment, a venue to recognize best effort and excellent performance of the employees and the LGU/local functionaries in the implementation of programs and projects.  Personnel who have retired from service will also be honored and recognized in a testimonial program during the Pagdayaw.

Aside from the DILG personnel and the LGU awardees, Pagdayaw will also be graced by the presence of the evaluators of the Regional Awards Committee (RAC), DILG retirees, partner academe, Civil Society Organizations, Donor Agencies and the media.

One of the activities to be included in the Pagdayaw is the conduct of information dissemination on Federalism.  The DILG has been tasked to head-start the advocacy on Federalism as the next logical step after decentralization.  The DILG has flexed its arm in all the facets of governance as the challenge continues in sustaining the drive for good local governance.

An action planning session shall likewise be conducted to solicit participation and commitment from the personnel for the programs specifically on the strengthening of the Local Peace and Order Councils and their Secretariats in its fight against illegal drugs.

The Department has taken the frontline in the implementation of various peace and order programs as a support to the current thrusts of the Duterte administration. Year 2016 has been a transition year for the Department as new programs and projects were introduced by the present administration. /RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6

The 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) is observed annually from November 25 to December 12. The objective of this annual event with its year’s theme “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me” is to raise awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW, consistent with the Magna Carta of Women.  

RA 9262 or Elimination of Violence Against Women and Their Children is a law to ensure protection of women all women and their children shall be protected from all forms of violence.  Several advocacy programs regarding elimination of violence against women were conducted in the past years to all Regional Office personnel, especially in the women workforce.

This year, the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, included in its program of activities an advocacy forum that reached out to the offenders and victims of violence as well.  A forum was held on November 9, 2016 at the BJMP Iloilo District Jail in Nanga, Pototan entitled RA 9262 VAWC Offenders:  “Pamatian ang Kasugu-an”.   It was an educational outreach and behavior shaping mechanism to primarily prevent recurrence of the same offense by the VAWC Offenders. The audience were thr inmates of the said district jail both perpetrators and victims.  A two-hour lecture and open forum was delivered by C/Insp. Joem C. Malong  Regional Chief, Women’s and Children’s Desk, Camp Delgado, PNP Regional Office VI.

It was a successful forum considering that not all perpetrators are aware of the VAWC law and not all victims are willing to cooperate or report an incident of violence primarily because of several issues such as the following:  It is a quarrel between husband and wife; Victims cannot afford to lose a husband who provides for the living of the family; Barangay VAW Desks are too far from the place of incident; Barangay VAW Desks do not have competent processors; Barangay VAW Desks are not functional.

It is believed that the forum have helped in the information dissemination even if perpetrators are already incarcerated and victims even jailed.

ILOILO PROVINCE - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Iloilo Provincial Office launched the Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Iligal na Droga or the MASA-MASID Program on November 21, 2016 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel. The MASA-MASID Program aims to prevent corruption, criminality and illegal drugs with the participation of all sectors at the grassroots level.

The program, according to DILG Iloilo Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, is a take-off point to reinforce the commitment of public officials and the different sectors of the society in the fight against drugs, corruption and criminality. Local officials and representatives of national government agencies were invited to get their commitment to stand up against all forms of illegal activities.

DILG VI Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda said that MASA-MASID boosts the spirit of volunteerism. “Magtatagumpay lang po ito kung lahat tayo ay magsasama-sama” said Nuyda. He urged the representatives of DILG, PNP, DSWD, DOH, other national government agencies, faith-based organizations and local government units to make this program a successful one.

Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) Acting Provincial Director PSSUPT Harold B. Tuzon stressed that the police force is serious in getting rid of illegal drugs as one of the top priorities of the Duterte administration. He added that the cooperation of the community is essential in the success of the anti-illegal drug campaign “Double Barrel” which was launched on July 1, 2016. Project Tokhang and Project High Value Target (HVT)/Low Value Target (LVT) are the PNP operational thrusts that support this campaign and information from the community is vital in the campaign’s success. Tuzon added that killing is not part of the campaign and gave an assurance that the PNP tracks and monitors every case filed.

MASA MASID involves the participation of all sectors in the community which include faith-based organizations, barangay based institutions, CSOs, NGOs and volunteers. The expanded Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) composed of the church, other faith-based organizations and the barangays, which was initially formulated to monitor Bottom-Up Budgeting project implementation, is now an instrument to strengthen the MASA-MASID Program.

Assistant Secretary for Barangay Affairs of the DILG, ASEC Roosque B. Calacat said that national government agencies like DOH, DSWD, DILG and TESDA among others are joining hand in hand in implementing programs for drug prevention, drug rehabilitation and reintegration or aftercare programs for drug surrenderees. Calacat encouraged the barangay officials to reactivate their Barangay Anti-Illegal Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) and to mobilize MASA-MASID teams. “We will drug proof the barangays”, Calacat said.

JASAC Director Msgr. Meliton B. Oso, Provincial Liga President Pablito G. Gemarino and LMP President Jett C. Rojas pledged their 100% commitment to support the program. The provincial launching ended with the signing of pledge of commitment of local officials, faith-based groups, representatives of national government agencies and other stakeholders. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Iloilo Province)