Taking up a notch in guiding local government units in Western Visayas to be more business friendly and competitive, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) now trains another batch of selected LGUs  to continuously push for the automation of the Business Permit Licensing System (BPLS) in the region using the eBPLS software
developed by DICT.
The DILG Regional Office 6 welcomed LGU functionaries from eleven (11) cities and three (3) municipalities in the region, as it hosted a BPLS Automation and eBPLS Users’ Training.
The participants from the LGUs composed of BPLOs, IT/MIS Staff and Assessment Officers were on board in a 3-day coaching and mentoring activity held on Oct. 24, to end on Oct. 26 at SmallVille21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, which aimed to enhance their knowledge on the revised BPLS standards and develop the technical skills on BPLS automation using the eBPLS software. They were welcomed by Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) Chief Maria Eleanor Antiquera.

BPLS refers to the procedures followed by cities and municipalities in processing business permits. The automation of BPLS aims to further simplify the business licensing process by providing end-users with direct access to conveniently process their business permits anywhere using the internet,
The eBPLS) which offers end-users with innovative features to make the business permit process more accurate and speedy, has become a useful tool that greatly contributed to the improved performance and competitiveness of the LGU’s business permit and licensing process. The unique features of the system, such as the assignment of unique code to business permit for tracking purposes and the generation of customized reports, make information management efficient and effective. Through the software, time and effort in business registration and renewal is expected to be trimmed down.
The members of the pool of BPLS coaches coming from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) are Mr. Jimuel Espanola, Ricky Hernandez, John Ver Gonzales and James Emmanuel Santiago, guided the participants in the familiarization of the technical aspects, actual functioning and efficiency of the eBPLS software. The participants were also re-oriented with the revised BPLS Standards, complementary reforms, and roles and responsibilities of the LGUs in streamlining issuance of business permits, as reflected in the JMC 01 series of 2016 on Revised Standards in Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) in all Cities 
and Municipalities.
At the end of the activity, the participants are expected to come up with their Action Plans for a smooth implementation of the BPLS Automation in their respective LGUs.
“In this project, DILG partnered with DICT for capacity building and compliance monitoring. The action plan of each LGU will be closely monitored by both departments.” said LGOO IV Josephus Zotico Deysolong, Regional BPLS Focal Person.
To date, sixteen (16) LGUs have already been oriented and attended the Users’ Training on the eBPLS software. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 reaped a PRIME-HRM award from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in recognition of DILG’s efforts in promoting government employees’ excellence for an efficient and effective delivery of public service. This was during the 7th Regional Congress of Human Resource Management Practitioners held at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City on Oct. 4, 2018.
The Regional Congress’ theme: “Strategic HR: Achieving Breakthrough Results Through PRIME-HRM” highlighted the success stories and breakthrough results in the implementation of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM), particularly achieving Maturity Level 2. Under this program, CSC looks into the agencies’ HRM practices on the four core HR Systems of Recruitment Selection and Placement (RSP), Learning and Development (L&D), Performance Management (PM), and Rewards and Recognition (R&R).
This year, DILG Region 6 has met the Program to PRIME-HRM Level 2 – Maturity Indicators in the Systems, Practices and Competencies under the Performance Management core HRM system. The recognition is a result of the on-site assessment of CSC Regional Office 6 and validated by the Human Resource Policies and Standards Office conducted in the last quarter of 2017. The department was able to sustain its HRM practices since DILG bagged the same award in 2016. This attests DILG Region 6’s determination and invaluable efforts to promote strategic HR Excellence within the department.
“As a PRIME-HRM Awardee, DILG Region 6 shall maintain the status under Level 2 and continue to enhance its HRM systems to meet the indicators of the next maturity level.”, said DILG RD Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda. The award was received by DILG R6 RD Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda together with DILG Region 6 Division Chiefs, Roselyn Quintana (Local Government Capability and Division), Dino Ponsaran (Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division) and Maria Eleanor Antiquiera (Finance and Administrative Division). (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

A Knowledge Forum has been conducted by the Office of the Project Development Services (OPDS) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in line with the Department’s mandate to contribute to the full attainment of empowered, responsible and responsive local government units (LGUs). The Knowledge Forum is a medium in recognizing the effort and highlighting the best practices that the LGU performed in implementing their DILG-Funded project.
Now on its second year, the National Knowledge Forum aims to showcase to a wider audience and to high-ranking decision makers the laudable accomplishments of LGUs in the implementation of their respective projects under the Bottom up Budgeting (BUB)  and Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities Programs, in order to promote the sharing of ideas, practices and programs that can enhance the capacity of LGUs on areas of Finance, Technical Knowledge/skills and governance in the implementation of their local projects.

DILG Regional Office VI together with the OPDS-Water Supply and Sanitation Program Management Office (WSSPMO) conducted the verification and validation of the identified locally-funded projects in various municipalities of the region.  The conduct of the Regional Verification and Validation activity was held on September 3 to 7, 2018. The Validators’ Team was composed of representatives from the OPDS-WSSPMO, Engr. Michael Sumagaysay, Civil Service Organization, Mr. Romelo Astronomia (Mediator’s Network) and DILG Regional Office VI, Engr. Paul Timothy Gico assessed the Physical aspect and Financial documents of the identified LFPs of the LGUs.

Municipalities with locally-funded projects verified and validated are Sibunag, Guimaras, BuB 2015 - Construction of Evacuation Facility, Concepcion, Iloilo BuB 2016 – LGSF, Concreting of 3.0km Farm to Market Road, Lambunao, Iloilo BuB 2014 - Construction of Level 3 Water Supply System, San Dionisio, Iloilo BuB 2016 - Construction of Two Units Evacuation Facility with Amenities. Tapaz, Capiz, ADM 2017 - Core Local Access Road in Brgy. San Julian going to Brgy. San Antonio and Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, BuB 2014 - Construction of Solar Water System and Water Pump.  The said projects are the finalists in the regional level which will represent Region VI in the National Knowledge Forum to be held in Manila on November 21-22, 2018.
The activity was well attended by the LGU’s Local Chief Executive (LCE), Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC), Municipal/City Engineer, Municipal Accountant (MA) and all other functionaries who are directly involved in the implementation of the said projects. (Angelyn P. Labor, DILG6)

DILG Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda together with DILG Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay joined the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the 52.8M concreting of the San Antonio-Lambuyao-Abilay Road in Oton, Iloilo on September 30, 2018. 
The momentous event was graced with the presence of Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. who led the laying of capsule together with the other government officials and local functionaries namely RD Nuyda, PD Sumagaysay, Mayor Carina Flores, Vice Mayor Vincent Flores, Engr. Gracianito  Lucero (Provincial Engineer), Punong Barangay  Antonio Masculino Jr. of Brgy Abilay Sur, PB Serafin Clavel of Brgy. Abilay Norte and PB Axel Haro of Lambuyao.

Residents of the four barangays who will directly benefit the project are extremely happy, for after many years of waiting, they will finally have a better road which they believe will eventually help them improve their living condition. 
“After 65 years of my existence, I will finally experience the comfort of a better road, Thank you Gov. Defensor… Thank you DILG!” exclaimed a senior citizen resident of Brgy. Abilay, Oton.
The road concreting project is funded by DILG through the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP). RD Nuyda emphasized that Iloilo Province is a consistent recipient of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) as a result the Local Government has acquired the CMGP grant. (Angelyn P. Labor, DILG6)