All barangays are set to conduct the 2nd barangay assembly on October 9, 2016 with the theme: “Para sa Isang Tunay na Pagbabago, Mag-MASID, Makisali at Makiisa sa Isang Maka-MASAng Asembleya”.  This is in consistent to Proclamation No. 260 issued on September 11, 2011 declaring every second Sunday of October as Barangay Assembly.

The barangay assembly is an institutionalized mechanism to ensure maximum peoples participation in barangay governance.  A showcase of barangay assembly day is to be held at Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Malay, Aklan.

All barangays are to undertake activities on the day of the assembly such as delivery of the State of the Barangay Address and discuss barangay compliance to national laws and issuances and issues and concerns affecting the barangay.

The Faith-Based Organizations within the barangay, Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS), civil society and other community organizations are also enjoined to take part in the assembly by discussing their involvement in project monitoring and evaluation and in the advocacy for good local governance.

Enclosed in DILG Memorandum Circular 2016-124, SILG Sueno instructed the barangay officials to conduct public awareness activities within the barangay in order to cause the participation of barangay constituents such as but not limited to medical or dental mission, putting up of tiangge, and cultural presentations. Likewise, the hanging of barangay assembly posters or banners in conspicuous places like the barangay hall, plaza, main streets, market or talipapa and in any tricycle, jeepney or bus terminal in the locality is suggested to further the dissemination of information on the conduct of the barangay assembly.

The DILG Region 6 will have a kick-off activity for the Silver Anniversary Celebration of the Local Government Code on October 6-7, 2016.  This will signal the start of the series of activities lined-up by the region to commemorate the passage of the landmark legislation which shaped the local governance landscape in the past 25 years.

Main activity of the celebration is the launching and orientation of the major programs and projects of the Department on October 6, 2016 at 8AM-4:30PM at the Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City.  Among the major programs to be highlighted are the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID) Program and the new Joint Memorandum Circular on Business Permits and Licensing Systems (BPLS).

Undersecretary for Public Safety, Atty. Jesus Hinlo, Jr. will be gracing the activity alongside with the key officials of the Department.

The said activity will be the regional initiative to promote programs and projects of the Department aligned with the thrust of the present administration.

As a continuing program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the DILG Region 6 will hold an orientation to the elected officials dubbed as “Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Basic Orientation: First Critical Days for the Re-elected Local Officials.”  The NEO Program aims to build strategic leaders out of newly-elected officials who would lead their local governments in becoming competitive, efficient and responsive institutions for development.

Eighty-eight local chief executives (LCEs) are the primary target of the said training program which will be held on September 1-2, 2016 at Seda Hotel, Iloilo City.  The newly-minted LCEs who were not able to participate in the training conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) are also invited.

The Program is composed of five components: Component 1-Ensuring Smooth Transition, Component 2-Jumpstarting Local Governance, Component 3-Looking Forward to Better Governance, Component 4-Sharpening the Saw, and Component 5-Enhancing LGU Performance.

Component 2 introduces the newly elected officials to the organizational, political and constitutional environment of public service at the local government level.  It consists of two sub-components: the basic orientation and planning for the first crucial days, and a webinar series to guide the newly –elected officials on how to put into action the development vision of the new administration.

At the end of the training, the elected local chief executives are expected to have the Development Commitment:  Executive –Legislative Part Agenda as an output.  This serves as an initial document in crafting their Executive-Legislative Agenda and shall be based on their development platform outline during the campaign period. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

Anchored on the Climate Change Act (CCA) of 2009 and the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), the Climate Change Expenditure Tagging (CCET) supports mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and mitigation into the planning process of LGUs. It provides a starting point in measuring progress in the implementation of climate change initiatives.

Climate change impacts greatly affects us like extreme weather events (such as Yolanda and Ondoy), sea level rise, increase in average temperature, drastic changes in rainfall patters and drought that can severely affect our food security and water sufficiency among others.

In response to this, all municipalities in the Province of Antique were invited to an orientation last Aug. 2-3, 2016 at the CAP Building, San Jose, Antique on the guidelines for tagging/ tracking climate change expenditures in the local budget provided under Joint Memorandum Circular 2015-01 by DBM, CCC and DILG. Among the topics discussed were Basics of Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Climate Change Expenditure Tagging, salient features of JMC 2015-01 and the documents required for CCET.

The activity also included discussions on the guidelines on the localization of the Magna Carta of Women provided under JMC 2016-01 by PCW, DILG, DBM and NEDA. This is to clarify the process of costing, allocation and attribution of the GAD budget as well as the functions of DILG as the lead agency in the review, endorsement and submission of GAD Plans and Budget and Accomplishment Reports.

The activity was facilitated by the Provincial Government of Antique in coordination with DILG Antique Provincial Office. Invited resource persons were LGOO II Hennesey Gasataya, DILG Antique Focal Person in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM-CCA) and Cluster Head Raymundo Palanog, Provincial GAD Focal Person. The 2-day event is a conscious effort in providing continuous capacity building programs and to monitor compliance of LGUs. Apart from the lectures, workshops were conducted on the mentioned topics to familiarize participants with CCET and GAD. The invited participants from each municipality were the MPDC, MSWDO, MLGOO, MHO, Budget Officer, MDRRMO, MENRO, SB on the Committee on Women and Family, GAD Focal Person and PNP-Women’s Desk Officer. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)