As provided in the Republic Act 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015, any SK official, whether elected or appointed, cannot assume position unless they undergo a mandatory training.
As such, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Youth Commission are spearheading the SK Mandatory Training (SKMT) beginning today, May 17, until May 26, 2018 in Western Visayas.
More than 31,000 participants from the 4,051 barangays of Region 6 are expected to undergo the training.
The SKMT is part of the efforts of the National Government to prepare and capacitate newly-elected officials in performing their roles. Failure to attend the training without valid reason may constitute sufficient grounds to the disqualification of any SK official or subject them to disciplinary actions.
Three modules are covered for the SKMT, namely: (1) Decentralization, Local Governance, SK History and its Salient Features; (2) Meetings and Resolutions, Planning and Budgeting; and (3) Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Official and Employees.
The DILG and NYC partnered with the Regional Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas (LnB), Regional League of the Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), and City and Provincial Governments through their Local Youth Development Officers (LYDOs) to assure the efficient conduct of the activity.
Local Resource Institutes (LRIs) that partnered with the DILG through the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium (WLGRC), as well as colleges and universities that accepted the invitation to be an SKMT partner will facilitate the trainings in the region.
Representatives from the abovementioned organizations formed the Regional Management Team (RMT) which strategized for the conduct of the mandatory training in Region 6.
Shown in the following table are the partner-LRIs for the SKMT and the areas they cover:

Aklan State University (ASU) Aklan
University of Antique (UA) Antique
Capiz State University Capiz
University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Bacolod City;
Murcia, Talisay, Bago City in Negros Occidental
Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Negros Occidental (except Murcia, Talisay and Bago)
University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) and UP Miag-ao 1st District of Iloilo Province; Molo;
Arevalo district in Iloilo City
Central Philippine University (CPU) 2nd District of Iloilo Province;
District of Jaro in Iloilo City
University of San Agustin (USA) 5th District of Iloilo Province; Iloilo City Proper
Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) 4th District of Iloilo Province;
Lapuz and Mandurriao Districts in Iloilo City
West Visayas State University (WVSU) Province of Guimaras; 4th District of Iloilo Province;
District of La Paz in Iloilo City

Two Regional SK Expansion Meetings were conducted last March 5 and April 2 to form and strengthen City and Provincial Management Teams (C/PMT) and to address issues relative to the conduct of the activity. C/PMTs have also conducted meetings as part of the preparation for the training.
Presentations and other materials that will be used for the SKMT were distributed to C/PMTs to assure uniformity of content.
Oathtaking ceremonies will be conducted after the SKMT. Only SK officials that have completed the mandatory training may be sworn to Oath.
The DILG encourages SK and Barangay Officials to coordinate with the City and Provincial Management Teams thru their City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, LYDOs or LnB and LMP for concerns with regard to the training. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)

It was a feat for the 4th Class Municipality of Sibunag in the Province of Guimaras when all of its 13 barangays were declared as Drug-Cleared Barangays by the Regional Oversight Committee, the first in Western Visayas region.
The campaign against illegal drugs by the President is well received and accepted positively by the Municipality of Sibunag led by Mayor Luben G. Vilches as they strengthen its efforts to curb its proliferation in the locality. The process started in the activation of Barangay Anti-Drugs Abuse Councils (BADACs), BADAC Auxiliary Teams and Youth Representatives in each barangay as part of the drug-clearing activities during the Pre- Operation Phase which was facilitated by the MLGOO and supported by the local PNP unit.
An Executive Order creating the Administrative Board was also issued to implement the Community Based-Rehabilitation Program and Drug-Free Workplace Program. Moreover, capacity enhancement activities were conducted for the stakeholders during the Barangay Clearing Operations by means of basic drug prevention and control seminars which emphasized the collection and analysis of drug related information and prevention education.
During its anti-illegal drugs operations, the Municipal Police Station of Sibunag has identified 22 drug surrenderees coming from the different barangays. These surrenderees were required to undergo the screening process and were assessed by the Municipal Health Officer. The results showed that among the surrenderees, 14 were tested positive on ATS (Shabu) with Low degree of addiction and 3 are on Moderate degree of addiction. Since the severity is low and considered to be moderate only, these surrenderees were enrolled in drug abuse treatments, seminars and sessions through the Community Based Rehab Program (CBRP) where the Municipal Health Unit, Faith-based Organizations, DILG and PNP go hand in hand in conducting these activities.
The Community Based Drug Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) being implemented includes Program Sessions, Monitoring and Evaluation (Drug Testing, Community Visits, Re-Assessment), Orientation on Self-Awareness, Values formation, Socialization, Counseling, and Skills training where all the surrenderees has successfully passed such program. After which, a Ceremonial Signing of Certificate as Drug-Cleared Barangays and Drug-Unaffected Barangays is being facilitated.
These activities has been duly validated by the Regional Oversight Committee at Camp Delgado, Iloilo City spearheaded by Atty. Wardly Getalla, PDEA ,Regional Director and attended by the MLGOO, Municipal Mayor and PNP COP of Sibunag. Thus, the LGU’s efforts has paid off when the committee has decided to officially declare all the 13 barangays of Municipality of Sibunag to be drug-cleared and the first in Western Visayas region to accomplish this.  (LGOO II Danilo B. Pedrajas, Jr., DILG6-Guimaras)

Seven local government units in Region 6 attended the Capacity Development on the Preparation of Feasibility Study/Project Proposal: FS 101 at the Days Hotel Iloilo Iloilo City on April 11-13, 2018.
This is a follow-up activity on various program orientations on LGU-P4 such as the Regional Consultation & Business Matching that linked the demands between the Pilot LGUs and Private/Business Sector in the development of projects and proposals to be undertaken through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Scheme.
The activity is administered using the module from Central Philippine University (CPU). DILG taps the academe to capacitate the LGUs in checking the viability and feasibility of the project as proposed by the LGU or the private/business sector (solicited or unsolicited). The speakers are Prof. Patrocinio G. Pudadera Jr., Lucio T. Encio, CPA, PhD and Gilda C. Monsole, CPA, MBA from CPU.
One of the most important parts of implementing a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) engagement is the preparation and formulation of feasibility study and project proposal. Feasibility study is a viability of an idea with an emphasis on identifying potential problems, market and financial analysis, among others. Feasibility study makes the project sustainable and viable.
Feasibility helps the LGUs in determining and identifying problems as well as solution on project engagement. It serves as a solid foundation in applying business ideas on project conceptualization, development and implementation.
In attendance are the Municipal Engineers, Planning and Local Development Coordinators/ Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officers and other LGU staff. The participants were immersed on the basic preparation of feasibility study, Identify risks, opportunities, threats and strength and engineering design to make a PPP project feasible and viable from conceptualization to implementation and down to the monitoring phase. It also aims to enhance LGU skills in data gathering, consultation and analysis of market and economic stability and others.
The PPP has been the vehicle for private sector participation in the provision of infrastructure and social services. With PPP, the private sector plays a significant role in the LGU’s growth and development bridging the gaps in the economic and social development. The PPP helps LGUs in providing basic services to communities, promoting general welfare and providing quality of life to the people. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6)

As part of laying the foundation for peace through policy reform and legislative action, the DILG Iloilo Province conducted the Training on the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) Law under the PAyapa at MAsagananng PamayaNAn (PAMANA)-Pillar 3 Project last March 23, 2018 at Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City. The training was dubbed as Accessing Justice through A Culture-Sensitive, Gender-Responsive and Child-Friendly Baranagay Justice System. 
A total of 85 participants attended the said training which includes the different Lupon Chairman and Lupon Secretaries from the 39 identified barangays in the Province of Iloilo. A team of 5 personnel from the DILG Provincial Office headed by Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay served as the Training Management. LGOO VI Arfe N. Molanida discussed the training modules on Understanding Conflict and Peace and Peace and Conflict-Current Realities, while LGOO VI Aurelio M. Ticorda explained the training modules on Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Setting- Up of Local Mediation and Healing Mechanisms.
Generally, the training aimed on capacitating the Lupong Tagapamayapa Members in addressing issues of conflicts under the DILG-PAMANA Pillar I Project by increasing the knowledge of the participants on the basic law on KP. It is also intended to provide information on the latest developments and trends in case laws; and gave the participants a deeper understanding on the correlative implications of recent laws in the administration of KP law such as gender laws, small claims act, law on violence against women and children, law and processes in ADR and the law on indigenous people among others.
PAMANA is the national government’s program and framework for peace and development. It is implemented in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. The main strategy is to bring back government to PAMANA areas, ensuring that the communities benefit from improved delivery of basic social services and are served by responsive, transparent and accountable government units. (LGOO II Felita May S. Comuelo, DILG6-Iloilo)