Not long after the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 hosted the conduct of the Orientation and Action Planning Workshop on Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program for the LGU’s of Region 6, the Department once again held an Executive Forum dubbed as EXECUTIVE FORUM 2017: BUILDING LOCAL OVERNANCE CAPACITY THROUGH FUNCTIONAL SERVICE DELIVERY NETWORKS, this time with the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) as the participants. 
 The one-day Executive Forum held on September 7, 2017 at the Smallville 21, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, aimed to harmonize the understanding of the LCEs in implementing the FY 2017 ADM Program as well as to orient them on the guidelines for project identification for the FY 2018 Assistance to Muicipalities (AM) Program.
According to Mr. Richard Villacorte of the DILG OPMO, of the 17 regions in the country, DILG Region 6 is the first to orient and capacitate all the major stakeholders of the program – the MPDC, MLGOO, Accountant, Engineers, Auditors and LCEs.
LCEs has been very receptive of this undertaking as evidenced by the attendance of 83 out of 117 Mayors in the Region including Negros Occidental. Other LCEs who were not able to attend due to prior commitments are well represented by their Municipal Administrators or Vice Mayors.
Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, DILG Regional Director, in his opening message, explained that the main reason of the forum is to clarify issues and concerns regarding the ADM FY 2017 project implementation and to discuss and explain to the Mayors the guidelines for the FY 2018 AM project identification. He also expressed his gratitude towards the generous response of the LCEs to the invitation of the Department despite their busy schedules.
Resource persons from DILG OPMO, Program Manager Mr. Richard L. Villacorte, Program Manager for Local Access Road, Engr. Mario O. Paz and Asst. Program Manager for Local Access Road, Engr. Joemily M. Felicano graced the forum. They addressed the issues and concerns of the LCEs with regards to the FY 2018 AM project menu, budget allocation, fund release and Program governance roadmap.
Moreover, representatives f rom Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Bureau of Treasury (BTr) Regional Office 6 were also present to answer query with regards to fund downloads. (Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)

IVISAN Evacuation Center—A DILG-BuB funded project is a picture of resiliency. It was built out of the DILG-BuB fund which will be utilized by Ivisanons during calamities and disasters.  In the absence of the latter, the center serves as a function room where seminars, trainings and conferences. The Evacuation Center can accommodate at least 30 heads.
The Evacuation Facility has a separate room to accommodate evacuees and area for medical, lactation and/or marital purposes during the evacuation. Behind the evacuation center, is the mini-kitchen where the evacuees can cook their food. The Municipality of Ivisan took measures to protect the privacy and needs of the evacuees, in particular children, women, people with disabilities and the elderly. The DILG-Ivisan Evacuation Center was built to withstand and adapt from the natural calamities that endanger the lives of residents within the community. The center was designed to minimize the risk of different calamities and the need to promote the health  and saniation of evacuees to prevent the acute exacerbation of disease during evacuation.

The Municipality of Leganes, Iloilo was declared as the Most PWD (Person with Disability) Friendly Municipality after three months of search and validation. The awarding ceremony took place last August 1, 2017 at the Grand Social Hall of Casa Real de Iloilo, Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City.
The culminating activity of the “Search for the Most PWD-Friendly Municipality” in the Province of Iloilo was held with the theme “Karapatan at Pribilehiyong Maykapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaban.” The award was received by Leganes Mayor Adolfo E. Jaen, Mr. Wency Silao, President of PWD Association in the Municipality of Leganes and MLGOO Celia B. Diaz. Concepcion emerged as First Runner-Up and Tigbauan as the Second Runner-Up, both represented by Mr. Johnrey Villarias and Ms. Lilibeth Cajomocan, President of Concepcion and Tigbauan PWD Association respectively.
Seven municipalities participated in the said activity which includes the towns of Tigabuan, Concepcion, Leganes, Pavia, Oton, Cabatuan and Leon. Each Municipality was represented by their Sanguniang Bayan Members and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers.
The Search for the Most PWD-Friendly Municipality was an Inter-Agency effort of PHO, IPPO, Provincial Engineer’s Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Information and Community Affairs office, NGO, DSWD, DILG and Provincial Legal Office. (LGOO II Felita May S. Comuelo & LGOO II Mark Rodjerick L. Panes, DILG6-Iloilo)

The Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Team of DILG-Antique recently conducted a training on the first module of CBMS in the municipalities of Pandan (July 10-14) and Culasi (July 17-21).  Enumerators, coordinators, field editors and LGU personnel attended the training for the implementation of the CBMS.
The CBMS is a poverty monitoring system that collects household and barangay information. “It seeks to determine the nature and extent of poverty in the locality as well as to know who the poor are, where they are and why they are poor. ”said CBMS Focal Person Hennesey Gasataya. The data collected can be used by the LGUs as inputs in the formulation of development plans and poverty reduction programs not just in the municipal level but also at the barangay level.

With a budget of approximately 1M for Culasi and 1.5M for Pandan sourced from the 2016 Bottom-up Budgeting Program (BuB),  and LGU counterpart of 685k for Culasi and 225k  for Pandan, the amount shall cover the purchase of tablets, trainings of the enumerators, field editors and coordinators and the expenses incurred during the entire implementation of the program. Instead of the traditional paper based survey, the CBMS makes use of tablets for data collection. Tablet-based surveys are faster and likelihood of errors is reduced. It also makes use of GPS to capture the exact location of the household interviewed to be used in poverty maps as outputs.

CBMS captures the multidimensional aspects of poverty like health, nutrition, housing, water and sanitation, basic education, income, employment and peace and order which sets it apart from other surveys. 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.
Nine LGUs in the province included CBMS in their list of priority projects in BUB 2016 and have already completed the first module of CBMS (Belison, Tobias Fornier, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Bugasong, Valderrama, Pandan and Culasi). Other LGUs, however, funded their own CBMS trainings. The municipality of Caluya have completed its 3rd module while Sebaste and Patnongon  started in August. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)