A Former Rebel (FR) from the Municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo was given two checks amounting to P 65, 000.00 by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. of the Iloilo Provincial Government on March 31, 2016. This is part of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) under the present government’s efforts to address the insurgency situation in the country.  Governor Defensor is the chair of the CLIP Committee in the Province of Iloilo.

Out of the total amount, Php 50, 000 was earmarked for livelihood and another Php 15,000 for immediate assistance in order for the said recipient to integrate in the mainstream society after several years of being with the rebel armed group.

The Integration Programis based on Executive Order No. 3, series of 2001, which calls for the pursuit of a comprehensive, integrated and holistic peace process in addressing the internal armed conflicts and the root causes involved, among others. The same Order provides for the implementation of programs to address the legal status and security of returnees (former rebels), as well as community-based assistance to respond to their economic, social and psychological rehabilitation needs.

To additionally support the programs for the returnees and give them opportunity to return in the fold of law, a Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2014-01 dated May 15, 2014, was issued by the Office of the Presidential Assistance on Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The JMC institutionalized the implementation of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) as a national reintegration program for former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, complementing local efforts of the LGUs. The program applies to regular members of the NPA who have expressed the desire to abandon armed violence and it covers former rebels who surfaced from 2011 and those who have not received full assistance under the defunct Social Integration Program (SIP).

Also present during the distribution are representatives from the 301st Brigade of the Philippine Army, Provincial Director of DILG-Iloilo, TeodoraSumagaysay, LGOO V Laura Lyn Cabarga (CLIP Focal Person), PSWDO NenethPador and Pastor Romero as representative from the Civil Society Organization (CSO). (LGOO II Aniano Ray F. Franco, DILG6-Iloilo)

The Lupong Tagapamaya Incentives Awards (LTIA) is an awards program of the Department geared towards incentivizing exemplary performance of our Barangay Lupons. Specifically aims to strengthen and promote Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) as an indigenous conflict resolution mechanism at the grassroots and a potent vehicle towards social ordering and human development.

In order to sustain these goals and objectives of LTIA, DILG VI conducted the annual Search for the best Lupong Tagapamayapa in the Region.  Pursuant to DILG MC 2008-102 the 2016 Lupong Tagapamayapa Regional Awards Committee (LTRAC) is composed of the DILG Regional Director, as Chairperson; the Regional State Prosecutor as Vice-Chairperson; and representative from the Regional Trial Court, Regional Liga ng mga Barangay, Regional Peace and Order Council, and Iloilo Caucus of Development NGOs as Members.
All Regional Nominees were assessed based on following major criteria: (1) Efficiency in Operations, (2) Effectiveness in Securing Katarungang Pambarangay Objectives and (3) Creativity and Resourcefulness.

Based on the documents forwarded by the DILG Field Offices, the LTRAC conducted a table review of all the nominees to shortlist the Top 2 nominees per category. Subsequently an onsite validation was conducted last March 7, 2016 for Antique Nominees, March 8, 2016 for Iloilo Province Nominees, March 9, 2016 for Iloilo City Nominee and March 10, 2016 for Capiz Nominees to determine the regional winners.

The 2016 Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards-Regional Winners are as follows:

  1. Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in Highly Urbanized Cities- Brgy. Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City
  2. Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in Component Cities- Brgy. Milibili, Roxas City, Capiz
  3. Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in 1st-3rd Class Municipalities- Brgy. Igbonglo, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique
  4. Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in 4th-6th Class Municipalities- Brgy. Poblacion, Belison, Antique

All the winners are the automatic nominees of the Region to the national LTIA. The regional awarding will be on October 2016 as part of the regional celebration of the Local Government Code Month. (LGOO V Ildefonso M. Orquejo, Jr., DILG6)

Rolling out its first project under the KALSADA Program, a groundbreaking ceremony for a 15.3 kilometer concreting of JNR Badiang-Ilajas-Moroboro-Lincud-Rumagayray-San Enrique Road was held last April 30, 2016 at Brgy. Camambugan, Dingle, Iloilo.  This project under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - KALSADA Program will cover the concreting of the provincial road connecting the three municipalities of Anilao, Dingle and San Enrique in the province of Iloilo.

The KALSADA or Konkreto at Ayos na LanSAngan ang DAan tungo sa Pangkalahaatng Kaunlaran (KALSADA) is an innovative devolution program that aims to institutionalize good governance by enabling and shepherding local government units on Local Road Management. The program aims to rehabilitate and upgrade provincial roads and transfer these road assets permanently to the provincial government, which will maintain them.

Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. and other local officials led the groundbreaking ceremony.  Also present in the said activity were, DILG-Iloilo Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay, Mayor Ramona Go of San Enrique, Mayor Ma. Teresa Debuque of Anilao and Vice Mayor Jessie Alecto of Dingle.

“I have never expected that it will be realized in my lifetime. This is a dream come true for the people of the three towns” said Defensor.

The project is expected to be completed on December 16, 2017. Out of the KALSADA total project cost for the province of Iloilo which is P162 million, the National provided a grant of P117 million to be directly downloaded to the Provincial Government.  Thirty percent or nearly P50 million will be shouldered by the provincial government as part of its local counterpart. (LGOO V Vincent S. Jara, DILG-Iloilo)

Leading the pack, the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) of Region 6 has called its online reporters from all member agencies for a crash course on the new features of the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Portal.

The one-day re-orientation activity held on April 8, 2016 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel aimed to harmonize the understanding of the online reporters on the utilization of the BuB portal.

The online reporting mechanism was launched in 2014 as a monitoring platform on all BuB projects from 2013 up to the present implementing year.

According to Mr. Richard Villacorte of the BuB-PMO this activity is the first to be conducted and he has seen the need to do similar activity with other regions.
Member agencies have been very receptive of this undertaking as evidenced by the attendance of all online reporters including those from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) who all came from Cebu and Metro Manila. These two agencies have no regional offices in Iloilo City.

RPRAT chair Atty. Anthony Nuyda of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 6 graced the said activity along with Mr. Richard Villacorte, the Assistant Program Manager from the BuB-Project Management Office (PMO). Mr. Norman Aparente of BuB-PMO and Mr. Anthony Arvin Salazar of the Department of Budget and Management Central Office served as the resource persons.

In his message during the opening program, RD Nuyda cited the importance of the online portal as an avenue to reach the maximum number of audience as possible in communicating the status of the BuB projects.

“We have joined the bandwagon in maximizing the IT platform as an efficient reporting tool. It has been working though we can’t claim it is perfect, the reason why we are here today,” RD Nuyda said.

“We are now in the 5th cycle of the BuB implementation since we started in 2012 for the 2013 round. An international recognition has been given citing BuB as one of the five best fiscal transparency initiatives in the world during the Open Government Partnership Summit in Mexico City. Yet, we continue to hurdle the challenge of mainstreaming the impact to our beneficiaries. A challenge we bear is part of our efforts to sustain a transparent and open mechanism to report the progress of these projects.”, RD Nuyda added. (LGOO V Christian M. Nagaynay, DILG6)