Bravery is the quality of a person who displays courage and fearlessness in the face of danger. This has been the battle cry of one Brgy. Kagawad and seven Brgy Tanod of Brgy. Lampaya in the Municipality of Leon, Iloilo when they fought against those who were believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) last June 20, 2017 at 10:30 in the morning.
These eight brave men were given recognition of their heroism and valor. They are Brgy. Kagawad Benito Cantomayor, Brgy. Tanods Romeo Cabalong, Alejandro Camral, Felix Calfoforo, Arnel Camral, Aquilino Camral, Gorgonio Canto, and Anthony Brylle Calambro.
Iloilo Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr spearheaded the Recognition Ceremony last July 27, 2017 during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at the Conference Hall of Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City. The Governor promised to support and extend whatever help the Provincial Government can offer as a simple gratitude to their heroism. He also urged the members of PPOC and the Provincial Sanggunian to come up with a project for Brgy. Lampaya particularly for the 8 courageous men. Also present during the Recognition Ceremony were DILG Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, Mayor Rolito C. Cajilig of Leon and other members of PPOC.

The 8 were also identified as members of the local group called ALSA MASA. It was organized 25 years ago by former rebels to reinforce the safety and security of their community following the death of a family member who was killed in an encounter against the NPAs. They became an ally of the Philippine Army in protecting their place against the rebels. (LGOO II Felita May S. Comuelo, DILG6-Iloilo)

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the lead agency in implementing the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) of the government together with the other 17 national government agencies namely NHA, DTI, NAPOLCOM, CHED, BSP, AFP, PNP, OP/PMS, DSWD, DOH, DPWH, DOLE, Philhealth, TESDA, DBM, DND, and DepEd convened to a meeting in the morning of August 14, 2017 at the Penthouse I, Iloilo City Hall. 

The CSBP is the provision of assistance as directed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police personnel who are killed or wounded in police and military operations in due cognizance of their service to the nation, thus, a program was created for its implementation and this is the “Killed in Action/Wounded in Action -Killed in Police Operation/Wounded in Police Operation” or KIA/WIA- KIPO/WIPO program.

Since the roll-out of KIA/WIA- KIPO/WIPO program in Iloilo City on February 24, 2017, CSBP has been initially implemented to ensure prompt action is taken and to effectively deliver the complete set of assistance and respond to the needs of the families of soldiers in the AFP killed and wounded in action and the PNP personnel killed and wounded in police operations.

However, issues and concerns were inevitable in the regional level, hence, agencies convened to a special coordination meeting.  The issues and concerns discussed were the Mechanics of the CSBP; Specific Roles and Duties of each CSBP Implementing Agency; and Identification of and dealing with the issues and concerns of KIA/KIPO-WIA/WIPO beneficiaries and respective implementing agency.

All agencies had their representative to the said meeting with the attendance of the DILG Key Officials headed by Asec. Marjorie N. Jalosjos, Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Special Concerns and the KIA/WIA-KIPO/WIPO DILG Project Manager Jocelyn Cabaña.  Other DILG officials present were Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda, Assistant Director Maria Calpiza Sardua and the DILG Provincial Directors.

The purpose for the meeting was attained having all agencies clarified with the different issues and concerns on the CSBP through KIA/WIA-KIPO/WIPO program.  It is expected that it will be more effective and there would be more efficiency in the delivery of social services or assistance provided, such that the resource requirements, respective budget and mechanism for its automatic implementation are established and maintained. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)

The municipalities of Western Visayas Region will benefit from a total of P1,376,156,814 worth of projects under the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program of the government this year.
The amount will be used to fund 345 projects in 98 municipalities from the Region’s five provinces – Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo.

The ADM is a new program based on the budget philosophy of the Duterte Administration, which was anchored on the goal of outlining the role of LGUs as able partners in development. This goal is fulfilled by conditioning LGUs that funds will be given to them in the implementation of higher good governance standards, improved capacity to generate resources and strengthened ability to deliver basic services.

Of the five provinces, Iloilo has the most number of proposed projects. This totaled to 149 projects, with a fund allocation of P650,924,907.00.

This year, ADM Program targets a total of 1,373 municipalities all over the country with a total budget of 19.4 billion pesos under FY 2017 General Appropriations Act, Republic Act No. 10924.

Orientations and Workshops

To ensure that the LGUs and other major stakeholders will effectively facilitate the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Program, the DILG Regional Office VI hosted the conduct of a two-day Orientation and Action Planning Workshops on FY 2017 ADM Program.

The first school was held at Best Western Boracay Tropics Hotel, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan last July 17-18, 2017. DILG Provincial Directors, Cluster Heads, Program Managers, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Municipal Engineers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs) and Municipal Accountants from the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz attended the first leg of the activity. The second school was conducted last July 20-21 at MO2 Westown Hotel, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City for the Province of Iloilo.

In his message, Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG Region VI Regional Director, reiterated that the main purpose of the orientation is to discuss the guidelines of the ADM. He reminded the LGUs that have not yet received funds from Bureau of Treasury to fast-track the compliance of good governance requirements, i.e., the Good Financial Housekeeping of DILG and Public Financial Management of DBM. He reiterated that, these are the basis in releasing the funds, highlighting the condition that non-compliance means forfeiture of the funds.

Atty. Nuyda also appealed to the LGUs to implement the projects as soon as possible since the validity of funds is one (1) year, and the performance of the LGUs may also affect the succeeding fund release not just for ADM program, but for other nationally-funded projects as well.

Assistant Program Manager from Oversight Project Management Office, Glenn Q. Miranda, discussed the vision of the Program in addressing financial and infrastructure gaps in municipal government, and likewise, to contribute to the full attainment of empowered, responsible and responsive LGUs.

Miranda added, that following the national priorities, ADM is linked to Philippine Development Plan goals such as: Ensuring People-Centred, Clean, and Efficient Governance; Ensuring Functional Service Delivery Networks; and Strengthening Linkage in Planning Investment Programming and Budgeting. The ADM Program serves as the catchment facility of programs that cannot be accommodated by other government offices such as National Economic Development Authority – Social Development Committee, Legislative Offices, Department of Transportation and National Electrification Administration.

On the other hand, Miss Fe Crisilla Banluta, Program Manager Water Supply and Sanitation Project Management Office of Department of the Interior and Local Government – Office of Project Development Services, Miss Marivic Nocum - Asst. Project Manager, WSSPMO-DILG and Engr. Joemily Felicano - Asst. Project Manager, ADM/BUB Other Infra Project Management Office, discussed the salient features of DILG-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-03 “Policy Guidelines and Procedures in the Implementation of the FY 2017 Local Government Support Fund – Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (LGSF-ADM) Program”.

An action planning covering the periods of July-December 2017 and January-June 2018 was undertaken to ensure timely implementation of the projects. The action planning is aimed to harmonize the strategies and plot detailed steps to increase the efficiency and accountability within the implementing LGUs. (Vincent Villorente, DILG6)

In commemoration of the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Iloilo City holds a Landmark Lighting Ceremony in the Iloilo Convention Center last August 8, 2017.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog together with DILG 6 Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua led the switch-on activity of the landmark lanterns in front of the Iloilo Convention Center. The Lighting Ceremony was held simultaneously in various local government units across the country.

The event was attended by Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, Councilors Jeffrey Ganzon and Candace Tupas and Liga ng Barangay President Reyland Hervias together with the heads of various National Government agencies namely; PIA 6 Regional Director Atty. Janet Mesa, BJMP 6 Asst. Regional Director Gilbert Peremne, PNP City Director Remus Caniezo and DILG City Director Atty. Ferdinand Panes.  Also in the said event were Iloilo City department heads, employees, volunteers and representatives of different government agencies.

The Mayor said that the event was essential to inform the public about ASEAN, its importance and the huge benefits to be derived from the harmonious relationship among member countries in the ASEAN region.

On behalf of the DILG, Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua expressed appreciation to the City Mayor’s acceptance to take the lead in the lighting of the ASEAN Landmark Lanterns done in 50 cities in the country representing 50 years of unity. Asst Director Sardua also stated that the theme; “Partnering for Change Engaging the World” resonates with the Philippine Government’s advocacy to promote unity and peace among ASEAN members.

The event ended with the performance of Tribu Salognon of the Jaro National High School, the grand champion of this year’s Dinagyang Festival.(LGOO II Nikko L. Chua, DILG6-Iloilo City)