Members of the Executive Committee (ExeCom) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 finished the Incident Command System (ICS) Executive Course designed for top-level managers.
The ICS is an on-scene, all hazard incident management concept introduced by the US Forest Service that can be used by all DRRM councils, and emergency and response agencies. It is a set of activities conducted as a quick and systematized response to disasters and calamities.

“All DILG personnel, from the executive to the grassroots position, should be knowledgeable on the ICS,” stressed Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG-6 Regional Director, during the activity held on October 26, 2017 at the Metro Inn, Bacolod City.

The DILG is the Vice Chairperson for Response of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The one-day executive course covered five modules under the first component of the five-ladder complete ICS course, and was designed to enable the participants to develop understanding of the ICS as a tool for effective disaster response, and be knowledgeable on the overview of ICS, its background, concepts, principles and features, organizations, facilities and methodologies.

Twenty-six (26) members of the Executive Committee were trained on Executive ICS. Attending the activity with Dir. Nuyda were Asst. Regional Director Ma. Calpiza J. Sardua, and Provincial and City Directors. Division and Assistant Division Chiefs, Cluster Heads, Program Managers, and Regional Office Section Chiefs were also present during the course.

Cadres or experts on ICS certified by the NDRRMC served as resource persons during the learning event. They were Dr. Merijene C. Ortizo and Stephen John Faina of the local government unit of Bago, Negros Occidental; FSupt Pamela Rojane M. Candido of the Bureau of Fire Protection Region 6; Dir. Ma. Aletha A. Nogra of the Office of Civil Defense; and Radney Fabon of the Asian Psychological Services and Assessment (APSA).

The cadres took turns in discussing the five modules covered in the course, namely, (1) Introduction to ICS, (2) ICS Organization and Staffing, (3) ICS Incident Facilities, (4) Organizing Planned Events and Major Incidents and (5) Common Responsibilities.

They also applied practical approach to the lectures by sharing common experiences, challenges encountered and lessons learned in the actual implementation of the ICS.

Further, an open forum was conducted to address the participants’ questions and concerns with regard to system.

This is the second DILG Region 6-initiated ICS training for its personnel this year. Last September 9-11, 2017, a Three-Day Basic Incident Command System (ICS) for DILG Personnel was held in Iloilo City for Municipal and City Local Government Operations Officers in the Province of Capiz and the third cluster of the Province of Iloilo.

Further trainings on ICS are set by the Department to equip its personnel of pertinent knowledge and skills in the implementation of the system. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)

Municipalities in Region 6, including those in the newly-transitioned Province of Negros Occidental, will benefit from ₱1.78B worth of projects, through the Local Government Support Fund-Assistance to Municipalities (LGSF-AM) program of the national government.

The amount accounts for their share in the ₱21.4B 2018 nationwide total budget allocation for the said program.

It was distributed to the 117 municipalities of Western Visayas, using the following criteria:

  • Equal Share (guaranteed P8.2M per LGU),
  • Per Capita Share (roughly P72 per person per municipality),
  • BUB-Years-Based-Share (none to 4year BUB municipalities, 3.4M to 3-year BUB municipalities and 5.4M to 2-year BUB municipalities), and
  • Share of good performance or LGU Incentive Share

Of the six provinces of Region VI, Iloilo has the biggest budget allocation, with ₱691,921,580 to be divided among 42 LGUs and utilized in the implementation of 141 proposed sub-projects.

Negros Occidental is second to Iloilo with regard to fund share, receiving a total amount of ₱260,856,539.00 to fund 52 sub-projects.

They are followed by the provinces of Capiz (₱258,599,345 for 38 sub-projects) and Antique (₱252,763,989 for 44 sub-projects). Aklan and Guimaras will receive ₱228,047,161 for 51 sub-projects and ₱68,556,687 for 17 sub-projects, respectively.

The list of priority projects for inclusion in the FY 2018 LGSF-AM shall be limited to projects listed in the FY 2018 National Expenditure Program (NEP) under Special Provision No. 2 of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF). Included are Local Access Road, Sanitation and Health Facilities, Potable Water System, Rain Water Catchment Facility, Evacuation Center, DRR-related Equipment, Local Bridges, Small Water Impounding Projects and Municipal Drug Rehabilitation Facility.

The sub-projects to be included for national funding under the LGSF-Assistance to Municipalities are only those that are included in the municipality’s duly approved Local Development Investment Plan and Annual Investment Program which is the priority of the municipality and which are not funded.

With regards to fund release conditions, the LGUs must comply with the requirements of the DILG Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, Local Development Council Functionality Assessment and DBM Assessment of Public Financial Management System and adoption of the corresponding Improvement Measures. (Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)

MASA-MASID and Federalism takes center stage during forum and awareness caravan

One month before the actual celebration of the 26th Local Government Code Anniversary, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 paraded its own way of celebrating this milestone through various activities, staged in Roxas City, Capiz.
Series of activities were conducted from September 12 to 15, as kick-off celebration of the anniversary starting with the updates on the locally-funded projects presented by Local Government Operations Officer VI Romie Potot.  Regional orientation on the programs of the Department specifically the Masa Masid and Federalism was also conducted.  Possible solutions and clarifications on issues and concerns were done through an open forum after each of the presentation of the resource persons namely Local Government Operations Officer V Stephanie Almira and Mr. Jonathan Malaya, Executive Director of PDP Laban Federalism Institute for the topic on Masa Masid and Federalism, respectively.
The last part of the kick-off activities was the Pahampang 2017 (Sports Fest) which started with a caravan in the vicinity of Roxas City aimed to raise people’s awareness on the 26th Local Government Code Anniversary, and as an advocacy for Masa Masid and Transition to Federalism programs of the Department.
The Pahampang 2017 is considered as one of the initiatives of the DILG Region 6 in putting primacy on the well-being, ensuring overall health and wellness of its employees.  The sports played were basketball, volleyball, Laro ng Lahi and parlor games between the Regional Office and its Provincial Offices, fostering sportsmanship, camaraderie and solidarity among the personnel. 
Adding color to the occasion is the cultural presentation which featured talents of five provincial units and the regional office personnel.  Categories were Vocal Solo on Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and songs featured on Broadway Musicals and Group Rendition of Provincial/City Hymn. 
The activities are among those set by the DILG 6 in line with the celebration of the 26th Local Government Code Anniversary.  The lined-up programs and projects intend to celebrate the triumphs and gains of the Local Government Code. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)