CAMP PERALTA JR., Jamindan, Capiz – The DILG-Aklan led by its Provincial Director John Ace A. Azarcon and field personnel carried out a three day activity dubbed Status Update Conference on Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) and other Locally Funded Projects and Water Search and Rescue Training (WaSaR) last June 28-30, 2017 at Camp Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz.

The first day saw updates on BUB Projects as well as other locally funded projects presented by Engr. Mickel Boy Regalado, Engineer III of Aklan field office. The field officers were apprised of the projects such as provision for clean water, evacuation center, local roads among others that have been completed and those that are still ongoing as well as projects lagging behind in the implementation. This is also in consonance with the timelines that should be observed so that public infrastructure projects funded by the Department are not hampered and sidetracked even by events beyond the control of the field personnel.

Strategies to fast track the implementation thereof such as on time compliance with the documentary requirements and monitoring and evaluation were also identified.

With that, the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) comprising the 17 municipalities of Aklan committed to comply with the lacking requirements and dutifully do their fair share as Engr. Regalado of the Project Development and Management Unit (PDMU) of Aklan vowed to faithfully assist the officers in the implementation of the projects.

After the BUB updates, a training related to disaster preparedness commenced in the afternoon. The activity was very much attuned with the current times as the month of July is declared as Disaster prevention month.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Aklan demonstrated to the field officers the basics of rope technique, lines simulation, and knot tying workshop as an integral skill in rescue operation. The DRR officers painstakingly taught the theory and the practical application of such techniques.

The second day of the conference was a continuation of the actual application of water search and rescue training which was eagerly participated in by the DILG personnel. The system and method to parry the deadly effects in times of flooding and calamities in large bodies of water were ably conducted by the DRR officers.

The line of activities as a part of the conference is also geared towards providing the DILG Personnel of the necessary skills in times of calamities and disasters.

A tree planting activity was conducted in the morning of the third day of the conference as advance observance of Arbor day. Arbor day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. The camp which is several thousand hectares is home to different plants and trees planted by the personnel of the 3rd Infantry Division as part of their efforts to conserve the area and the preservation of the environment.  50 fruit bearing trees were planted in a vacant lot assigned by the army officers and will be named DILG Aklan personnel area. (LGOO II Aniano Ray F. Franco, DILG6-Aklan)

The physical accomplishments and financial status of each of the DILG-initiated projects implemented in the local government units were monitored to determine if the funds being downloaded to the local level are being used efficiently and effectively. The regular monitoring activities of the department is part of its anti-corruption mechanisms for better transparency and accountability of public funds.

The projects are funded under the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) for FY 2015. There will be no BUB projects for 2017 but the department needs to fast track the implementation of the BUB 2014-2016 projects.

A team composed of engineers from the Office of Project Development Services (OPDS) and Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) of DILG recently conducted a monitoring of locally funded projects in the municipalities of Barbaza, Bugasong and Culasi. Among the projects monitored during the 2-day visit on June 27-28, 2017 are: Rehabilitation of Evacuation Center with Complete Amenities amounting to 1M in Barbaza; Flood Control (Construction of Pile Driving) amounting to 5M and Construction of 1KM Drainage/ Canal amounting to 2.5M in Bugasong and Construction of Flood Control (Grouted Riprap) amounting to 3.3M in Culasi.

The team was composed of Engr. Donee Ruinata of the DILG Antique Provincial Office, Engr. Joebert Pillora of the Regional Project Management Team (RPMT) and Engr. Shyrrah Faye Elizaga Office of the Project Development Services (OPDS).

The team conducted interviews with the municipal engineers and MLGOOs to determine the status of the projects and factors that hinder the progress of the project implementation. The team also visited the completed project - Construction of Drainage (Flood Control) in Brgy. Pojo-Jinalinan in Bugasong amounting to 4.2M under the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) and the ongoing construction of evacuation center in Brgy. Ilauod amounting to 4M (for Phase 3 of construction only) funded under the BUB for FY 2016. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)

ILOILO City – Local government units all over the Western Visayas Region were encouraged by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to document their “best practices” or innovations that proved successful in addressing local governance challenges.
“The Department believes that there are a lot of initiatives here that may be considered ‘best practices.’ The only problem is that they are not being properly documented,” said Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, regional director of the DILG R6 during the recently-conducted Orientation on Local Governance Innovative Solutions Bank (LGISB).

The orientation, held at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City aimed to orient LGUs in the Western Visayas Region on LGISB, one of the most recent initiatives of the DILG as it heads toward its goal of finding solutions to problems and issues that hamper local government operations today.

In order to accommodate all 101 city and municipal LGUs in the region, the orientation was divided into two schools. The first school, held on June 19, was attended by 135 participants from Iloilo City, and Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. The second school, conducted on June 20, was attended by 145 participants from the Aklan, Antique and Capiz provinces. Local Government Operations Officers, Local Chief Executives (LCEs) or their representatives, Information Officers and members of the LGISB Provincial Pool of Writers tasked to edit best practices comprised the participants.

A brainchild of the Local Government Academy (LGA), the LGISB seeks to create an “Innovative Solutions Bank” or a bank of best practices that will hasten the collection, dissemination and/or creation of practical but strategic solutions to specific governance challenges faced by local government units. Through LGISB, best practices will be matched with the LGUs’ needs as reflected in their Capacity Development (CapDev) Agenda.

Gracing the activity was LGOO VI Angelina T. Layugan, Assistant Division Chief of the Human Resource Development Division (HRDD) of the LGA. She discussed the LGISB and replication processes, and kept the participants abreast on the updates on LGISB from the national level. Layugan also explained the criteria for best practices and addressed issues and concerns of the participants with regard to the LGISB.

Roselyn B. Quintana, Division Chief of the Local Capacity Development Division (LGCDD), the implementing division of the LGISB in the region, oriented the participants on the mechanics of the LGISB as well as the background of the program. Also among the topics she tackled are the goals and objectives of the program, benefits LGUs may derive from it and the members of the LGISB team in the regional level.

The template on documenting best practices, which will guide the LGUs in the documentation of their innovations, was discussed by LGOO II Freda Mae Sorsano. More writeshops on the template shall be held to enhance documenters’ knowledge and skills, shared Layugan.

Since the CapDev Agenda also plays a big part in the realization of the LGISB, a brief discussion on this topic was included in the orientation. The mechanics and steps in the formulation of CapDev Agenda was presented by LGOO V Anna Carolina Jardiolin. Rosemae Songcuya, Regional IT Officer, discussed the Online Capacity Development Market System (OCDMS), the online databank of CapDev Agenda, and explained how the system is connected with the LGISB.   LGISB was established through DILG Memorandum Circular 2017-165.(LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)

ILOILO CITY – Further promotion of Business Permits and Licensing (BPLS) and other initiatives can help communities attract more businesses, improve their revenue collection and achieve local autonomy.

Such is the stand of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 which recently conducted an Orientation on New BPLS Standards and Regulatory Simplification for Local Government Units (RS4LGU).

The activity was divided into two schools in order to accommodate all LGUs throughout the region. The first school, participated by LGU representatives from the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz, was held on June 1, 2017 at Smallville 21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo. The second school, attended by participants from the provinces of Guimaras and Iloilo as well as the highly-urbanized city of Iloilo, was held the day after at the same venue.

A total of 100 participants attended the first school, while the second school was graced by 105 target audiences. Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs) and Business Processing and Licensing Officers (BPLOs) from the municipalities and cities comprised the participants.

LGOO V Christian Nagaynay updated the LGUs as to the region’s current status of implementation of the BPLS. According to the data gathered by the Local Governance Capability Development Division (LGCDD), the implementing division of BPLS in Region 6, 99 out of 101 cities and municipalities in Western Visayas were already able to streamline BPLS in their areas of responsibility.

Nagaynay also discussed the salient features of Joint Memorandum Circular 01-2016 or the Revised Standards in Processing Business Permits and Licenses in cities and municipalities. The revised BPLS standards direct the LGUs to process business permits within 1-2 days for new businesses or for renewal.

The implementation of the BPLS left a positive impact in the business climate of the region, said the DILG.

“The reform standards were able to attract a total of 57, 821 business establishments in the region, generating P442, 339, 257.11 from business taxes, fees and charges,” shared Roselyn B. Quintana, LGCDD chief.

Senior Fire Officer 3 Norman C. Valenzuela, chief of the Fire Safety Enforcement Section of the Bureau of Fire Protection Region VI tackled “Fire Safety Inspection Certificate Assessment and Inspection” and answered concerns regarding the matter. The Regional Director of the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), Dir. Gilbert B. Gumabay, meanwhile, oriented the participants on the Assessment of Business Taxes and Other Fees and shared tips on how LGUs can improve revenue collection.

BPLS Automation was introduced and explained to the participants by Engr. Joemar B. Magbanua of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT). In his presentation, Magbanua enumerated the features of the electronic-BPLS (e-BPLS) software and the processes on how to install and access the application, among others.

LGOO V Janwen Gaspar, RS4LG coach, oriented the participants on the RS4LG Approach in Analyzing the LGU BPLS. Specifically, he presented an Introduction to Regulatory Simplification and oriented the participants on how to examine their LGUs BPLS using the Diagnosis Tool.

Aside from providing the municipal and city LGOOs and BPLOs more information and recent updates and developments on BPLS and RS4LGU, the activity also served as a venue for the LGUs to raise issues and concerns on the programs as well as to share their experiences in their implementation and recommendations on how to improve them.

By the end of the activity, the LGUs were able to formulate their BPLS and RS4LGU Action Plans to serve as their step-by-step guide in the implementation of the programs.

The Department will also be conducting an Orientation on BPLS Automation on July 24-28, 2016, to further introduce and champion the electronic way of business permitting and licensing in the region. (LGOO II Freda Mae L. Sorsano, DILG6)