Written by RIO Christine S. Palma
Category: News and Updates
Published: 23 November 2016
In this year’s 25th year Local Government Code anniversary celebration with the theme, “LGC @ 25: Pagsulong, Progreso, Pagbabago,” the DILG 6 aims to strengthen the advocacy of the Department on several engagements with various stakeholders. As such, the month of October-November of CY 2016 was filled with activities on advocacy strategies among different LG stakeholders.
The activities kicked-off with the launching of the Masa-Masid, a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit of Volunteerism at the community level; and an Orientation on JMC 2016-01 Revised Standards on Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) on October 6, 2016. The said events were graced with the presence of Usec. Atty. Jesus V. Hinlo, Jr. and Asec. Roosque B. Calacat.
Aside from the attendance of the DILG personnel during the launching of Masa-Masid, it was also attended by personnel from the attached bureaus namely PNP, BJMP, BFP and NAPOLCOM headed by their regional director. Personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) came also to attend the launching of Masa-Masid.
Likewise, the orientation on the Revised Standard on BPLS was discussed by Anna Liza F. Bonagua, OIC Director Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD), DILG. Part also of the orientation was the Expanding Local Government Unit (LGU) potentials through Public Private Partnership for the People project or LGU P4 discussed by Lucita LV dela Pena of the BLGD.
The Signing of Pledge of Commitment by the Directors, Division Chiefs, Regional Management Coordinating Council (RMCC) Members, Cluster Heads and Program Managers concluded the two activities.
The following day, October 7, 2016 was the Sports Fest or the “Pahampang 2016”, a friendly inter-office sports competition between and among the five provincial units and the regional office personnel of DILG Region VI. The said event was conducted as part of the capacity development of the personnel putting primacy on their well-being and ensures their overall health and wellness. This also fostered camaraderie and solidarity among the personnel through sports competition.
Along with the celebration was also the Regional Interfacing on Monitoring and Evaluation of Locally-Funded Project Implementation and Orientation on DILG’s New Programs.
The celebration capped with the conduct of the Local Governance Quiz or LG Quiz on November 15, 2016 participated by representatives from the Academe, City/ Municipal Functionaries and Barangay Officials and the Local Government Forum dubbed as the Development Talk or DevTalk held on November 16, 2016 with more than 300 in attendance comprised of Local Chief Executives, partner agencies and other stakeholders.
The LG Quiz highlighted the response of LGUs in addressing meaningfully the threats of climate change and the unpredictable weather conditions through local initiatives like the Oplan Listo. A first of its kind in the region, the LG Quiz is another avenue that heightens awareness on the different undertakings of the Department as part of its mandate as the lead in strengthening disaster preparedness measures.
Through the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) and in partnership with the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium (WVLGRC), this year’s creation of DevTalk covered the topics on Federalism, as the next logical step after decentralization; and Expanding LGU potentials through Public Private Partnership for the People project or LGU P4.
Resource speakers on Federalism were former Congressman Rolando Adamat; Gerald “Dindi” Tan, Asst. Project Management Officer, DILG Task Team on Federalism; and Prof. Brian Ventura of the College of Arts and Sciences of UP Visayas. The LGU P4 were discussed by Eleazar E. Ricote, Deputy Executive Director, Public Private Partnership Center; and Engr. Dennis D. Villaseñor, Asst. Director, BLGD. DILG Head Executive Assistant Josephine C. Leysa delivered the message in behalf of Secretary Ismael Sueno.
With the aim of making excellence in local governance a tradition through the conduct of the said activities, the DILG Region 6 pursues the promotion of a culture of learning and knowledge sharing to capacitate LGU to administer and maximize the opportunities made available by the Local Government Code of 1991. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)