Highlighting the inherent roles of every Local Government Unit in nation-building, October has been declared as the Local Government Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 63, series of 1992. This year’s theme “Nagmamalasakit na Pamahalaang Lokal: Sandigan ng Maunlad at Ligtas na Pamayanan”, resonates the vibrancy of LGU performances through times as they enjoy the 27 years of local autonomy.
In this year’s celebration, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 will be conducting back-to- back activities as part of the advocacy strategies among different LG stakeholders.
One of the activities to be conducted will be the 5th Regional LG Quiz on October 29, 2018, 1:00-4:00 PM at Festive Mall, Megaworld, Mandurriao, Iloilo City. At least fifty (50) contestants coming from all provinces and highly urbanized cities in Region 6 will join the quiz, and will divided into three (3) categories: Sangguniang Kabataan, City/Municipal Functionaries and Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs). The contestants will compete in the Easy, Average and Difficult Rounds, following a Quiz Bee format with questions covering the Provisions of the Local Government Code, DILG Major Programs, Katarungang Pambarangay Law and National Laws and Issuances Affecting LGUs. A plaque and cash prize will be given to the top three (3) winners.
A learning event pioneered in Region 6, the Regional LG Quiz became another avenue in heightening awareness on the different undertakings of the Department as part of its mandate as an enabler and facilitator in propelling excellence in local governance.
Following the Regional LG Quiz will be the conduct of a yearly Local Governance Forum on October 30 dubbed as the Development Talk (DevTalk), to be held also in Iloilo City. Since its launch in 2008, Devtalk has garnered the positive interest and participation of LGUs and government agencies not just in this region, but other regions as well that came to know about this undertaking. This forum serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for the region covering various facets of local governance, and the different factors that affect them. It is envisioned to provide a venue for popularizing local governments’ good practices, and other programs geared towards promoting good governance.
This year’s DevTalk themed, “The Ease of Doing Business, Boosting Competitiveness” will focus on the discussion of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery (EODB-EGSD) for Local Government Units and the Launching of the Bantay Korapsyon Program of the department. This is part of the campaign for RA 11032 or the EODB Act of 2018. Participants to this year’s forum will include among others, the Local Chief Executives, DILG field officers and other local officials and functionaries of all 139 Local Government Units in Region 6.
These activities steered by DILG Region 6 intend to promote the gains and successes in local governance since the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991 (LGC), as well as to popularize the programs and projects of DILG and the different provisions of the LGC in the community. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

Region 6 is now pushing for the localization of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a commitment to bring the development down to every community in Western Visayas.
In line with this, DILG Region 6 conducted a Regional Orientation-Workshop on the Localization of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 Result Matrices and Sustainable Development Goals on October 15-17, 2018 at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
During the opening program of the Regional Orientation, DILG Region 6 Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua emphasized the need to align plans and investment programs of the Provinces, Cities and Municipalities with the national, regional and provincial strategic priorities.

The DILG, in coordination with the representatives of concerned National Government Agencies such as the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Health (DOH), and members of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and Provincial Planning and Development Council (PPDC) representatives from all the provinces across the region facilitated the Provincial Results Matrices formulation process.
The participants composed of DILG focal persons, LGU functionaries, sectoral representatives and representatives from National Government Agencies were expected to formulate result matrices that entail indicators, baselines and targets. The activity focused on strengthening the vertical linkage and alignment of local development priorities. Further, it seeks to localize the provinces’ and their component municipalities’ development investment programs with the regional results matrices of Region 6 which is also anchored on the PDP and SDGs.

The invited speakers were Maria Lourdes Miado, Chief, Economic Development Specialist, Policy Formulation and Plan Division of NEDA Regional Office and Marlene Y. Alviar, Statistical Operations and Coordination Division Chief of PSA. Mr. Francis Gentoral, being the workshop facilitator guided the participants during the workshops and break-out sessions. The workshops were done per sector (Social, Economic, Environment, Infrastructure and Development Administration) to determine indicators that are applicable in the provincial, city and municipal levels.
The activity was capped off with a signing of the Pledge of Commitment by the participants where they committed to localize the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by focusing on its Results Matrices and Indicators, incorporate them in the formulation and implementation of Program, Projects and Activities (PPAs), and allocate budget for the achievement of targets. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

The local functionaries of ten (10) pilot local government units in Region 6 for the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) modular training gathered at District 21 Hotel, Iloilo City on Oct. 3, 2018 for the fourth (4th) step of the CDRA process.
“Only Region 6 was given funding for this project through the initiative of our Regional Director. This is already the 4th step of the CDRA process, the risk assessment part, which aims to increase the adaptive capacity of our LGUs in determining risks and vulnerabilities that they can integrate in their local planning.’, said DILG LGCDD Chief Roselyn B. Quintana during the opening program on October 3. The training runs from Oct.3-5, 2018.
In attendance are the local functionaries of the pilot LGUs who attended the previous steps of the CDRA process which kicked off last June 2018. This is to ensure that the understanding and analysis of the process is continuous.
The City/ Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (C/MPDCs), City/Municipal Agriculturists, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs), City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs), City/ Municipal Health Officers, City/Municipal Engineers and GIS Experts/ Mappers from the local government units of Belison, Antique; Bugasong, Antique; Oton, Iloilo; Dingle, Iloilo; Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Bacolod City; Numancia, Aklan; Balete, Aklan and Dao, Capiz were requested to attend the activity.

“This activity is the 4th of the 6th step of the series of activities being undertaken by Region 6 to the ten (10) pilot LGUs in the region. For this step of the CDRA process, participants will be capacitated on how to come up with a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) using the database and maps generated during the previous steps. Given the intricacies and technicalities of the steps involved, we pushed for this modular approach strategy.’, said Giselle Grace Gerial, DILG DRRM Focal Person.

DILG R6 tapped the expertise of Mr. Marc Alexei Caesar Badajos, Planning Officer/ CDRA Trainer from the Central Philippines State University to facilitate the series of workshops for the whole activity.
The activity was conducted in accordance with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121), which requires the LGUs to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change in development processes.
The last two (2) steps (steps 5-6) will be conducted tentatively on November. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

During and after disasters, most efforts are being exerted on rescue operations and management of the living victims while there are minimal attention given to the dead and missing persons. The Philippine Government is recognizing the Management of the Dead and Missing Persons (MDM) as a major component of the over-all Disaster Risk and Reduction Management (DRRM). The retrieval operation of all the dead casualties, identification of the cadavers and final disposal requires an efficient system of coordination between the national government agencies.
In line with this, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued a Memorandum Circular in 2016 (MC No. 19.2016) which provides the policies, guidelines, plans and implementation procedures pertaining to all aspects of DRRM including the MDM.
Being the lead agency in MDM and as part of Department of the Interior and Local Government’s networking and collaboration with other agencies concerned, DILG Region 6 called for a workshop on the development of a Regional Protocol on MDM for Hydromet Hazards on Oct. 2, 2018 at Smallville21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
“Malaki ang role ng Local Government Units (LGUs) dito. Today, we will be coming up with a Regional Protocol in the Management of the Dead and Missing Persons (MDM).  I hope that there will be no incident that we need to apply this regional protocol but this is part of our preparation and our efforts in helping LGUs prepare in times of disasters and calamities.” said DILG RD Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda during the workshop.

In attendance are the representatives of member agencies of the NDRRMC including PNP, BFP, NBI, DSWD, DOH, PCG, OCD, AFP and Philippine Red Cross to draft a Regional MDM Protocol as part of their Regional Disaster Response Plan.
DILG has the prime responsibility in planning, monitoring and evaluation of the MDM implementation. The same department also coordinates with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and other concerned agencies in-charged with disaster victim identification, disposition of the dead and management of missing persons and bereaved families. Moreover, the DILG thru the LGUs shall predetermine collection sites for human remains as recommended by the PNP and NBI, and such shall be incorporated in their Contingency Plans.
During the activity, Engr. Joseph Paul Nogra of OCD Region 6 presented the clusters under RDRRMC and overview of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) while Social Worker II Lisa Camacho of DSWD Region 6 presented the National Disaster Response Plan. DSWD is the vice-chairperson of the identified response clusters. These clusters will augment or assume the response operations and each cluster have their own lead agency that will supervise, coordinate and report all activities of their cluster members. CODIX Director Edgar Allan B. Tabell discussed the salient features of NDRRMC No. 19-2016 concentrating on the rules and regulations governing the implementation of the MDM. The activity focused on the workshop facilitated by Mr. Robin Lim of CODIX. The draft regional protocol developed after the workshop will be submitted for approval by the MDM cluster agencies and RDRRMC. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)