ILOILO CITY - As the country marks the 121st death anniversary of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal,  Hon. Jose Espinosa III, Iloilo City Mayor,  led the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal in Plaza  Libertad, Iloilo City on  December 30, 2017.
According to Mayor Espinosa,  Rizal was an embodiment of what a Filipino is and will be, “Rizal made a supreme sacrifice of giving his life,” said the mayor.
Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag, Regional Director of PRO 6, distinguished speaker of the said ceremony quoted Rizal's most popular saying " The youth is the hope of our Motherland", however he stressed that, "We cannot let our youth  navigate the road to positive change all by themselves, older generation  must set examples and share their  wisdom that culled from years of experience and learning from their  mistakes, so that they can show a better road to the younger generations, thus,  a well-guided youth is the hope of our motherland!"

A cultural presentation by the Iloilo Prima Galaw Productions portraying the life story of the national hero highlighted the ceremony.  The ceremony commenced with the releasing of the yellow and blue balloons symbolizing the freedom of the city against drugs.

Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon , DILG R VI Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, LGU, PNP and school officials, and representatives from Girl and Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Veterans Federation of the Philippines, and Senior Citizens’ Organization, among others, graced the ceremony as well.  (Angelyn P Labor, DILG 6)

Members of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) of Regions 6 of the  Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Program conducted a two-day Project Monitoring and Site Visit and the 4th Quarter Meeting for FY 2017 in the Province of Aklan and Antique last November 15-16, 2017.
Among the projects visited were Improvement of Sira-an Hot Spring and Health Resort in the Municipality of Anini-y, Antique under the Department of Tourism, Evacuation Center and Potable Water Supply System (Level II) in Libertad Antique and Revetment Wall and Evacuation Center in Tangalan, Aklan under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Part of the project monitoring and site visit is the conduct of Focused Group Discussion (FGD) with the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) members of the LGU and One-on-One interview with the beneficiaries of the project. Project implementation, project functionality and project satisfaction are the main output that were culled out from the discussion.
The team utilized the second day to discuss issues concerning the implementation of BUB projects in Western Visayas. Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, Regional Director, DILG 6, informed the body that even though the BUB program is to end this year, the mandatory meeting of the RPRAT is not necessary anymore but they can convene anytime as the need arises. RD Nuyda thanked the members for the relentless support to the program and requests that On-going projects will still be implemented.
Mr. Richard Villacorte, Program Manager and Mr. Glenn Miranda, Assistant Program Manager, Project Management Office graced the activity to discuss matters relating to the end of program instructions and presented the End-of-Program Report for preparation by the members. The end of program report aims to document the BUB milestones and accomplishment, success stories, identify best practices as well as the learnings in implementing the program.
On the other hand, LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on presented the accomplishment of the Region as to the implementation of BUB Projects. She also informed the members that the reporting for the status of BUB Projects in the portal ( will continue until 4th Quarter of 2018. (Vincent Villorente, DILG6)

A total of 1,115 participants from all the provinces of Region 6 was oriented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 6 on the salient features of the One Nation, One Government: Transition to Federalism Project during the Provincial Strengthening of the BADACs and Orientation on MASA MASID and Federalism. 
The activity was attended by Local Chief Executives, SB Chairmen of Committee on Peace and Order, Liga ng mga Barangay Presidents, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Municipal Health Officers, Chiefs of Police, CSO and Faith-based Organization representatives and City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers of all the 134 local government units in the region.
The activity aimed to orient and share to the participants the salient features of Federalism, its basic form and structure as well as its advantages and disadvantages.
DILG R6 Federalism Resource Speakers Atty. Cedric S. Jaranilla, Engr. Carmelo F. Orbista and LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on took turns in discussing Federalism. After each presentation, an open forum was facilitated to receive feedbacks, clarifications, suggestions and questions on Federalism. Information and education campaign materials like pamphlet and brochures were also distributed to the participants after the orientation. (LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on, DILG6)


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)