The  Municipality of Hamtic, through the able leadership of Mayor Julius Ronald L. Pacificador,  in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Antique, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Regional Office VI, PNP-Hamtic, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Antique, DILG-Hamtic, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Region VI and National Auxiliary Chaplaincy of the Philippines (NACPHIL) launched its “Exodus to Recovery: A Community-Based Rehabilitation Program for Illegal Drug Surrenderers” on March 27, 2017, 2:00 PM at the DECS Building, Hamtic, Antique.
The launching of the Exodus to Recovery marked the onset of the 26-day Community-Based Rehabilitation Program 9(CBRP) for the 101 drug surrenderers in the Municipality of Hamtic, Antique.  The said activity was attended by the total surrenderer population in the 21 drug-affected barangays and concerned Punong Barangays. Honoured guests, key officials, functionaries and surrenderers were welcomed by  Hon. Julius L. Pacificador who also concisely presented the main objective of the program.
Also, the activity was graced by the presence and words of  Hon. Rhodora J. Cadiao, Governor of the Province of Antique who underscored that the CBRP is a door which opens a bright opportunity for surrenderers to embrace  and live new and promising lives. This was also supported by words of inspiration given by distinguished guests, namely, P/SSupt. Christopher E. Tambungan, Deputy Regional Director for Operations, PNP Regional Office VI, Dir. Victorio S. Pagapulan, CESO V, Provincial Director, DILG-Antique, Levi S. Ortiz, Assistant Regional Director-PDEA VI and P/SSupt. Leo Irwin O. Agpangan, Acting Provincial Director, Antique PPO.
A brief overview on the program was given by Chaplain Himinio A. Guillermo, Counselling Specialist of  NACPHIL wherein he discussed the implementation scheme  of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program. He stated that the rehabilitation program will be inclusive of exercises aimed towards the moral recovery of concerned drug surrenderers to prepare them for future community integration. He further stressed that the program operations shall be spearheaded by NACPHIL in cooperation with key officials, functionaries, offices and agencies in Hamtic, Antique. In relation to this, Chaplain Maria Assumpta R. Flores, the National Program Director of NACPHIL apprised the attendees of the identity of NACPHIL as an organization and catalyst of moral rehabilitation.
As a token of appreciation for this milestone, the Provincial Government of Antique awarded one computer set to the Municipality of Hamtic
which was taken under the accountability of Hamtic Municipal Police Station.
Appreciation and gratitude was expressed by P/SSupt., Leo Irwin O. Agpangan and P/Insp. Josefo L. Dime to all stakeholders of this collaborative effort. The program was closed by Hon. Edgar Denosta, Vice-Governor, Province of Antique, who reminded the surrenderers that the process is a transition towards a better life. (LGOO V Janwen C. Gaspar, MLGOO-Hamtic, Antique)

A Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment (RSSA) was recently conducted to the completed subprojects funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Province of Antique. This assessment aims to ascertain the functionality of the projects.

The actual conduct of RSSA was conducted by the DILG Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) for projects amounting to less than 1M, the DILG Provincial Office by Engr. Donee Ruinata for projects amounting to 1M to 1.5M, the Project Development Management Unit by DILG Region 6 for projects amounting to more than 1.5M to 2.5M and the Office of the Project Development Services for projects above 2.5M.

Among the projects assessed were the construction and rehabilitation of water supply system funded by the SALINTUBIG Project and Bottom-up Budgeting in the municipalities of Barbaza, Caluya, Laua-an, Patnongon and San Remigio.

Rehabilitation and repair of public buildings that were destroyed during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 in ten (10) municipalities were also assessed funded by the Recovery Assistance for Yolanda (RAY) program of DILG. These public buildings include the municipal halls, public markets, civic centers, day care centers and barangay halls.

A total of 39.6M of DILG funded projects were validated by the team in the municipalities of Barbaza, Bugasong, Caluya, Culasi, Laua-an, Libertad, Pandan, Patnongon, San Remigio, Sebaste, Tibiao and Valderrama.

The result of the assessment will be used in the preparation of the FY 2018 budget proposal of the Department for the Locally-Funded Projects. Subprojects that require additional funding to be fully operational and to attain its objective will be prioritized for the FY 2018 appropriation. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG-Antique)

The Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Team of DILG-Antique is going around the province to conduct trainings in nine target LGUs. Antiqueños are set to be trained as enumerators, coordinators and field editors for the implementation of the CBMS in the municipalities of Tobias Fornier, Belison, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Bugasong, Valderrama, Pandan and Culasi.

The CBMS is a poverty monitoring system that collects household information at the local level. The data collected can be used by the LGUs as inputs in the formulation of development plans and poverty reduction programs.

 “It is a mechanism to support the decentralization process by providing the LGUs with a system to improve local governance and develop policies and programs that meet the needs of the people” said CBMS Focal Person Hennesey Gasataya.

With a budget of 9.8M sourced from the 2016 Bottom-up Budgeting Program (BuB), the amount shall cover the trainings of the enumerators, field editors and coordinators and the purchase of tablets for the implementation of the project in nine target LGUs. Other LGUs, however, funded their own CBMS trainings, in the case of Caluya, Sebaste and Patnongon.

The CBMS utilizes household surveys to collect information at the local level. It determines how poor a barangay or municipality is and identifies who and where the poor are through poverty maps as outputs.

CBMS covers a total of five modules- data collection, data processing and poverty mapping, barangay development plan (BDP) formulation, and comprehensive development plan (CDP) formulation.

The following are the indicators that capture the multidimensional aspects of poverty: 1. Health, 2. Nutrition, 3. Housing, 4. Water and Sanitation, 4. Basic Education, 5. Income, 6. Employment and 7. Peace and Order.
Trainings on data collection, the first module of CBMS, were already conducted starting January in the municipalities of Belison, Tobias Fornier and Libertad followed by San Jose and Sibalom last February. Recently, the CBMS team conducted the same training in the municipality of Bugasong to be followed by Valderrama on March 20-24, 2017 and Pandan and Culasi in April.

Through the reliable data gathered and processed through the CBMS, it is envisioned that the local development plans shall be responsive in addressing challenges posed by poverty. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

Consistent to the Proclamation No. 260, dated September 30, 2011 declaring the last Saturday of March as Barangay Assembly Day wherein all barangays are enjoined to conduct Barangay Assembly. For the 1st Semester of this year 2017, it is set on March 25 with the theme, “Sulong Barangay Kontra Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian: Makialam, Makilahok, Makiisa".

The barangay assembly is an institutionalized mechanism to ensure maximum peoples participation in barangay governance.  For this year, a showcase of barangay assembly day is to be held at Barangay Inzo Arnaldo, Roxas City, Capiz.

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 such as Full Disclosure Policy, Anti-Illegal Drugs, Batas Kasambahay Law, and Anti-Trafficking in Person Act.  Likewise, the Secretary Address to the Barangay of DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno shall be read during the assembly day.

Furthermore, salient features of federalism shall be introduced to promote public awareness and understanding of the federal form of government, and discuss issues and concerns affecting the barangay with emphasis on the Accomplishments and Financial Report for the 2nd Semester of CY 2016; Peace and Order; Disaster Preparedness; and Solid Waste Management.

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. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)