Iloilo City – As part of the Department’s effort in ensuring the effective implementation of Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program in the Region, DILG Regional Office 6 gathered eighteen (18) auditors from the five provinces of the Region and three (3) from DILG RO 6 Audit Team to attend the 3rd Leg of Orientation and Action Planning Workshop on FY 2017 ADM Program last August 15-16, 2017 held at Smallville 21, Smallville Complex Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDO), Municipal Engineer (ME) and Accountant of the LGUs of Guimaras along with the Guimaras DILG Provincial Staff also attended the orientation.
The activity was done in anticipation of the vital role of the auditors in ensuring that the information reported on financial accomplishment of implementing LGUs are true and accurate and that the financial statements are prepared in accordance with the existing accounting and auditing rules.
In his message during the program, Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, DILG 6 Regional Director, cited the importance of the attendance of the COA personnel to the orientation because DILG wanted to level-off the understanding of the program between and among the COA Auditors and implementing LGUs to ensure the effective and proper implementation of the program. He added that in order to qualify for ADM, the LGU must pass the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping of DILG which includes COA findings and compliance to Full Disclosure Policy.
Mr. Richard Villacorte, Program Manager, Project Management Office (PMO), commended the initiative of the DILG Region 6 in conducting this activity with the COA. He stressed the need to do similar activity in other Regions.
 Ms. Marivic D. Nocum, Asst. Project Manager, DILG-OPDS-ADM-WSSPMO, Ms. Jocelyn M. Santos, Asst. Project Manager, DILG-OPDS-ADM-LAR and Engr. Monien D. Peñaflor, DILG-OPDS-ADM-LAR discussed the guidelines, mechanics and implementation requirements of the ADM program. (Vincent Villorente, DILG6)

Members of the Executive Committee (ExeCom) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 finished the Incident Command System (ICS) Executive Course designed for top-level managers.
The ICS is an on-scene, all hazard incident management concept introduced by the US Forest Service that can be used by all DRRM councils, and emergency and response agencies. It is a set of activities conducted as a quick and systematized response to disasters and calamities.

“All DILG personnel, from the executive to the grassroots position, should be knowledgeable on the ICS,” stressed Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG-6 Regional Director, during the activity held on October 26, 2017 at the Metro Inn, Bacolod City.

The DILG is the Vice Chairperson for Response of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The one-day executive course covered five modules under the first component of the five-ladder complete ICS course, and was designed to enable the participants to develop understanding of the ICS as a tool for effective disaster response, and be knowledgeable on the overview of ICS, its background, concepts, principles and features, organizations, facilities and methodologies.

Twenty-six (26) members of the Executive Committee were trained on Executive ICS. Attending the activity with Dir. Nuyda were Asst. Regional Director Ma. Calpiza J. Sardua, and Provincial and City Directors. Division and Assistant Division Chiefs, Cluster Heads, Program Managers, and Regional Office Section Chiefs were also present during the course.

Cadres or experts on ICS certified by the NDRRMC served as resource persons during the learning event. They were Dr. Merijene C. Ortizo and Stephen John Faina of the local government unit of Bago, Negros Occidental; FSupt Pamela Rojane M. Candido of the Bureau of Fire Protection Region 6; Dir. Ma. Aletha A. Nogra of the Office of Civil Defense; and Radney Fabon of the Asian Psychological Services and Assessment (APSA).

The cadres took turns in discussing the five modules covered in the course, namely, (1) Introduction to ICS, (2) ICS Organization and Staffing, (3) ICS Incident Facilities, (4) Organizing Planned Events and Major Incidents and (5) Common Responsibilities.

They also applied practical approach to the lectures by sharing common experiences, challenges encountered and lessons learned in the actual implementation of the ICS.

Further, an open forum was conducted to address the participants’ questions and concerns with regard to system.

This is the second DILG Region 6-initiated ICS training for its personnel this year. Last September 9-11, 2017, a Three-Day Basic Incident Command System (ICS) for DILG Personnel was held in Iloilo City for Municipal and City Local Government Operations Officers in the Province of Capiz and the third cluster of the Province of Iloilo.

Further trainings on ICS are set by the Department to equip its personnel of pertinent knowledge and skills in the implementation of the system. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)

Municipalities in Region 6, including those in the newly-transitioned Province of Negros Occidental, will benefit from ₱1.78B worth of projects, through the Local Government Support Fund-Assistance to Municipalities (LGSF-AM) program of the national government.

The amount accounts for their share in the ₱21.4B 2018 nationwide total budget allocation for the said program.

It was distributed to the 117 municipalities of Western Visayas, using the following criteria:

  • Equal Share (guaranteed P8.2M per LGU),
  • Per Capita Share (roughly P72 per person per municipality),
  • BUB-Years-Based-Share (none to 4year BUB municipalities, 3.4M to 3-year BUB municipalities and 5.4M to 2-year BUB municipalities), and
  • Share of good performance or LGU Incentive Share

Of the six provinces of Region VI, Iloilo has the biggest budget allocation, with ₱691,921,580 to be divided among 42 LGUs and utilized in the implementation of 141 proposed sub-projects.

Negros Occidental is second to Iloilo with regard to fund share, receiving a total amount of ₱260,856,539.00 to fund 52 sub-projects.

They are followed by the provinces of Capiz (₱258,599,345 for 38 sub-projects) and Antique (₱252,763,989 for 44 sub-projects). Aklan and Guimaras will receive ₱228,047,161 for 51 sub-projects and ₱68,556,687 for 17 sub-projects, respectively.

The list of priority projects for inclusion in the FY 2018 LGSF-AM shall be limited to projects listed in the FY 2018 National Expenditure Program (NEP) under Special Provision No. 2 of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF). Included are Local Access Road, Sanitation and Health Facilities, Potable Water System, Rain Water Catchment Facility, Evacuation Center, DRR-related Equipment, Local Bridges, Small Water Impounding Projects and Municipal Drug Rehabilitation Facility.

The sub-projects to be included for national funding under the LGSF-Assistance to Municipalities are only those that are included in the municipality’s duly approved Local Development Investment Plan and Annual Investment Program which is the priority of the municipality and which are not funded.

With regards to fund release conditions, the LGUs must comply with the requirements of the DILG Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, Local Development Council Functionality Assessment and DBM Assessment of Public Financial Management System and adoption of the corresponding Improvement Measures. (Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)