DILG La Union partners with PGLU in GAD Planning Orientation - Workshop for GAD LGU Focal Persons

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) La Union in partnership with the Provincial Government of La Union conducted on May 11, 2017 a Gender and Development (GAD) Planning Orientation – Workshop at the Dacanay Hall of the City Government of San Fernando, La Union.

The activity aimed to capacitate Provincial, City, and Municipal GAD Focal Point Persons on the features of GAD Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2016-01. Specifically, it seeks to inform the participants in the formulation of GAD Plan and Budget FY 2018 using the new prescribed template; utilization of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) Tool in the attribution of GAD Budget; and the process of review and indorsement of GAD Plans and Budget of the City / Municipalities and barangays. The said activity was also one of the interventions of the Provincial Office in facilitating the completion of 2018 GAD Plan and Budget.

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DILG La Union Acting Provincial Director Paulino G. Lalata, Jr. welcomed the participants, and expressed his thanks for gracing the event.
He said that the rationale in the conduct of the workshop is to help and guide the GAD focal point persons of the Province, City, and Municipalities in the formulation of their 2018 GAD Plan and Budget and meet the set deadlines.


The orientation-workshop also serves as a strategy by DILG La Union and the Provincial Government of La Union to help LGUs accomplish the requirements of the JMC, especially knowing that GAD has five (5) major indicators under the Social Protection Area of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
LGOO II Joralyn Villasan, DILG La Union GAD Focal Person, and MLGOO Alona Lyn V. Garcia served as speakers for the said activity. LGOO II Villasan discussed a walk-trough on the program highlighting the Salient Features of JMC 2016-01. She also presented the new GAD Plan Template and the submission, review and endorsement of GAD Plans and Budget and schedules that needed to be met.

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On the other hand, MLGOO Garcia discussed the HGDG tool and facilitated the workshops participated by the GAD Focal Persons. A Presentation of Workshop Outputs were later critiqued and synthesized by the group. A total of 35 LGU participants took part in the said activity.


The activity is Part II of DILG La Union’s intervention in the formulation and completion of 2018 GAD Plan and Budget. On May 2, 2017, the same orientation - workshop was conducted for all the DILG La Union field officers at the DILG La Union conference area. LGOO II JACQUILYN DUCUSIN

 

 

DILG RO1, DILG La Union conducts Regional CBRP Orientation Workshop for Provincial Core Groups

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 1, in collaboration with the DILG La Union Provincial Office, conducted the Orientation Workshop on the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) for the Provincial Core Group last May 2-4, 2017 at Oasis Country Resort and Hotel, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The activity was organized with the end-in-view of guiding the CBRP Provincial Core Groups in formulating a standard CBRP Plan for all the Local Government Units (LGUs) to adapt or modify.

Throughout the four-day orientation workshop, the participants were updated on the issuances on CBRP, the organization, functions, and responsibilities of Local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (LADACs) starting from the earliest to the latest issuances.

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Moreover, the resource speakers provided adequate discussions on the pertinent laws on illegal drugs, the effects of illegal drugs, the service offerings of various NGAs for the sustenance and livelihood of reformed surrenderers, and the appropriate interventions for drug surrenderers, among others.

During the conduct of the orientation-workshop, guests were given the chance to share their experiences and insights in formulating effective modules for the CBRP through various activities such as short games, simulated interview, workshops, and open forum.
CBRP is one of the major component MASA MASID Program. It is a community-based initiative to engage volunteers in the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs.

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The CBRP is designed as a holistic intervention for recovering low-risk and “mild substance use” drug dependents with focus on the healing of the body and soul, through the involvement of the substance abusers, their families, and the community.  PATRICK JORGE C. SIBAYAN LGOO II

World Bank assesses BuB implementation of Bagulin, LU

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The World Bank, through the Orient Integrated Development Consultants, Inc (OIDCI), conducted a Qualitative Outcome Assessment of the Bottom- Up Budgeting (BuB) Implementation of Bagulin, La Union last June 8- 10, 2016. 

The team of Engineer Evelyn Sagun, Maria Merla Aquino and Ivan Jim Layugan of OIDCI conducted document review on various issuances by the local government unit (LGU), minutes of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Assembly meetings, Municipal Reduction Action Team (MPRAT) meetings, and Municipal Development Council meetings, among others.

An interview with Hon. Mayor Ferdinand D. Tumbaga was also conducted. The interview covers the different phases of program implementation from the LGU’s accreditation / recognition of Civil Society Organizations (CSO), conduct of CSO assembly, MPRAT workshops and meetings, up to actual implementation of BuB projects.

Separate Focused Group Discussion (FGDs) were also conducted to groups of LGU-MPRAT members, CSO-MPRAT members, non-CSO / non-MPRAT members and project beneficiaries themselves.

A member of the Project Management Office represented by Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, of Ateneo de Manila University, also joined the team on the second day to observe the assessment being conducted.

The team, accompanied by Engr. Louie B. Manzano of the LGU and OIC- MLOO Olivia Mae N. de Guzman of the DILG also visited a completed Local Access Road BuB project located in Sitio Pila, Brgy. Cambaly. 

The OIDCI team concluded their visit with an exit conference which was presented to municipal officials.  The team commented that the result of the interview and FGDs were consistent in terms of project identification, implementation and the over-all partnership of LGU and CSOs on BuB.

The Municipality of Bagulin is one of the BuB beneficiaries in Region I since its inception in 2013. The LGU is also a Kapit—Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan — Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHl-CDSS orKC) National Community—Driven Development Program (NCDDP) or KC-NCDDP area.

OIDCIis a Philippine-based consulting firm with a proven track record in integrated area development, environment and natural resource management, governance, and institutional development.

The Philippine government has requested the World Bank to undertake various analytical works to measure and analyze the extent of representation in decision- making process and assess beneficiaries’ satisfaction over implemented projects. 

CBMS App Module 1 Training kicks-off in LU beneficiary LGUs

The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Accelerated Poverty Profiling (APP) Module 1 Training kicked-off in the following Municipalities of La Union: Balaoan, February 6-10; and San Juan, February 20-24. The funding support of P1 Million was sourced from the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program downloaded by the DILG R1 and counterpart fund provided by each Local Government Unit (LGU) beneficiary.

The 5-day training activity which featured a series of lectures and hands-on exercises was participated by 77 enumerators, 19 field editors, and 8 field coordinators. Participants were capacitated on the web-based database PORTAL which allows different CBMS users to manage accounts and devices, the Questionnaires integrated in the CBMS Scan census software installed in the registered Android Tablets purchased by the LGUs for the purpose and field operations management with the use of distribution and callback forms.
DILG Region 1 trainers LGOO V Julieta C. Galvan and LGOO IV Nicolette May O. Amon facilitated the training with supervisory and technical support from the CBMS provincial focal person and the MLGOOs of both municipalities.

The implementation of the CBMS program as a poverty-reduction strategy, will later guarantee both beneficiary municipalities to have accurate data in the drafting and updating of their local development plans. (LGOO II John Robert F. Diaz)

Bacnotan conducts People’s Caravan

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The Municipality of Bacnotan conducted a People's Caravan to all the 47 Barangays named as Dur-as Ti Barangay, Umay Mi Idar-ay

The objective of the Caravan was to inform the people about the programs, projects and activities of the Local Government Unit (LGU) and National Government Agencies namely the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).  

Part of the Caravan was to bring the services to the Barangay.  These include health & social services, validation of projects, mobile registration, tax collection, and dialogue with members of the Barangay Development Council.   It also served as an avenue for a more participative people involvement in the plans and programs of the local government and national government agencies.

MLGOO V Maria Gracia D. Dela Cruz of the DILG took the opportunity in informing the Barangay of the programs, projects and activities of the Department.  One of which is the BUB or the Bottom-Up Budgetting.  The Barangay were informed of the Process of the BUB, Projects Identified and status of implementation of these projects.  The people were also informed of the expansion of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) to the barangays.  

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Balangayan Constitutional Reform Provincial Roadshow

The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1), together with the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform – Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), National Government Agencies (NGAs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other stakeholders conducted a “balangayan” activity, dubbed as Constitutional Reform (CoRe) Provincial Roadshow, to advocate the importance of effecting surgical amendments to the 1987 Constitution.

It was attended by more than 8,000 participants from the local government units (LGUs), business sector, religious groups, academe, and ordinary citizens, among others.

The CFCR-PMO, who served as the resource speakers, was composed of Secretary Gary B. Olivar, Professor Eric Daniel C. De Torres, and Professor Jose Ramon C. Casiple.

The CoRe Roadshow, divided into three components – Media Forum, Townhall Meeting, and Convention Rally and CoRe Talk, was conducted in the four (4) provinces to elicit massive public support. (as shown in Figure 1)

The Media Forum provided the venue for discussion among the CFCR, media, elected officials, and LGU leagues such as the Philippine Councilors League (PCL). Issues and concerns on the difference between Federalism and Constitutional Reform, and their pros and cons were addressed. The media served as a force multiplier in the campaign to strengthen the national discourse on CoRe.

The Townhall Meeting operated as a gathering for various stakeholders where updates and accomplishments on the CoRe advocacy campaign were reported by the CFCR. The four pillar-message house composed of (1) Pagyamanin ang Probinsya, Paluwagin ang Metro Manila; (2) Gobyerno para sa Tao, Hindi para sa Trapo; (3) Bukas na ekonomiya nang lahat ay may pag-asa; and (4) Bagong konstitusyon para sa bagong henerasyon were also explained for the participants to have a better appreciation of its relevance.

The Convention Rally and CoRe Talk catered to the questioning minds of elected officials, CSOs, academe, barangays and the youth. The CFCR emphasized on the message, “Baguhin ang lumang Sistema! Isulong and bagong konstitusyon!” They clarified that the drive to modify the Constitution means adapting to and addressing the ideals and needs of the youth and the future generations. They also stressed that CoRe will eliminate the development restrictions provided for in the present Constitution. This stirred the interest of the participants as manifested in a very dynamic open forum. 

What happens today affects the future. The CoRe Provincial Roadshows work as a strong foundation. Expect that the DILG R1’s campaign for people awareness, involvement, and readiness to accept change will only intensify. 

(LGOO IV Rhealiza A. Delos Santos & CFCR-RPO Willy D. De Vera)

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Region 1 Did It Again!

Still leading the pack of Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) awardees from all over the country is Region 1 for having the most number of 2019 SGLG awardees with a total of Sixty-Five (65) Local Government Units (LGUs). These 65 awardees represent 50% of the total number of LGUs assessed in the region and 17.11% of the Three Hundred Eighty (380) LGU passers nationwide. Region 1 consistently had the most number of SGLG awardees from 2015 to 2019, sustaining its reputation as the region to beat.

The region’s 2019 SGLG awardees comprise of the Two (2) Provinces, namely Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan; Six (6) Cities, namely Batac in Ilocos Norte, Vigan and Candon in Ilocos Sur, San Fernando in La Union, Alaminos and San Carlos in Pangasinan; and Fifty-Seven (57) Municipalities, namely Bacarra, Bangui, Banna, Burgos, Currimao, San Nicolas, and Vintar in Ilocos Norte; Caoayan, Santa, Bantay, Galimuyod, Magsingal, Quirino, San Esteban, San Ildefonso, San Juan, San Vicente, Santa Lucia, Santiago, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Cruz, Sto. Domingo, Suyo, and Tagudin in Ilocos Sur; Agoo, Aringay, Balaoan, Bangar, Burgos, Caba, Naguilian, Pugo, Rosario, San Juan, Santo Tomas, and Tubao in La Union; and Alcala, Bayambang, Aguilar, Anda, Asingan, Balungao, Basista, Bugallon, Calasiao, Infanta, Lingayen, Malasiqui, Mangaldan, Mangatarem, Natividad, Rosales, San Manuel, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Tayug, and Urbiztondo in Pangasinan.

Among these Region I passers, the Province of Pangasinan, City of Vigan, and Municipalities of Caoayan, Santa, Alcala, and Bayambang are Hall of Famers for consistently bagging the prestigious SGLG awards for three consecutive years.

Despite the stricter assessment criteria, the 65 LGU awardees successfully hurdled the “All-in” assessment system in which they passed the Seven (7) governance areas namely Financial Administration; Disaster Preparedness; Social Protection; Peace and Order; Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness; Environmental Protection; and Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

The awardees were conferred last November 4, 2019 at the Manila Hotel, Fiesta Pavillion, Manila with a 2019 SGLG marker, eligibility to the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) in the amount of PhP 4.5 Million for a province, PhP 3.5 Million for a city, and PhP 2.3 Million for a municipality to finance their priority local development initiatives, and priority access to other programs and capacity development assistance from the DILG.

All the One Hundred Twenty-Nine (129) LGUs in the region — Four (4) Provinces, Nine (9) Cities and One Hundred Sixteen (116) Municipalities were assessed for the SGLG.

The prestigious SGLG award conferred by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) symbolizes integrity and good performance through continuing governance reform and sustained local development. It is a progressive assessment system adopted by the DILG to give distinction to remarkable local government performance across the core and essential areas.

2019 also marked a defining moment for good governance due to the enactment of the Republic Act No. 11292 or the SGLG Act which expands the Seven (7) Assessment Areas to Ten (10), broadens partnerships with the establishment of Council of Good Local Governance, rebrands PCF to SGLG Incentive Fund, and offers more responsive capacity building interventions.

 

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Malacañan hails Santo Tomas, La Union as Child-Friendly

President Rodrigo Duterte awarded Santo Tomas in La Union along with other LGUs in the awarding ceremony for the 2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACMFC) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019.President Rodrigo Duterte awarded Santo Tomas in La Union along with other LGUs in the awarding ceremony for the 2018 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities (PACMFC) at the Malacañan Palace on November 28, 2019.Santo Tomas, La Union bagged the presidential award for child-friendly fourth to sixth class municipality category besting municipalities of Sapian in Capiz, Silago in Southern Leyte and Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao. 

Short-listed in the regional and national level, Santo Tomas was validated by members of the National Awards Committee on May 28-31, 2019. Both the DILG Regional Office I and La Union had prepared the LGU in its bid for the presidential award. The 4-day validation activity involved assessment of physical facilities and documentary review in the LGU as well as three selected barangays. Key informant interviews were also conducted.

The LGU’s best practices were highlighted during the validation where they had institutionalized child center set-up at the LGU’s reception area where their clients’ children may play and read books while completing their transactions. Moreover, play and reading area in the evacuation center was set-up, and relief items such as milk, diaper and bathing materials are stockpiled.Barangays Patac, Ubagan and Casilagan in Santo Tomas, La Union were also validated specifically their Day Care facilities, Health records maintained by barangay health workers, play and reading area, programs for youth and children, LCPC Plans, crafted Comprehensive Emergency Program for Children (CEPC) and developed Comprehensive Local Juvenile Intervention Program (CLJIP).

“The LGU maximized their collaboration practices where the barangays are really cooperative and they initiate in improving their programs,” said Santo Tomas MLGOO Iszel O. Guray. 
“The Mayor and the LGU is supportive and considers suggestions and recommendations from its stakeholders while the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) in the municipality and barangays are really pro-active,” added MLGOO Guray.

As part of their sustainability efforts, Santo Tomas conducts functionality assessment every first quarter of the year to include children and youth programs, and LCPC.  These allows the municipality to highlight strengths and work on opportunities for improvement

“We will continue to serve our people without being repaid. It is a tough job but it brings joy in our hearts to see our constituents happy and contented with our service,” expressed by Santo Tomas Mayor Severino Carbonell. (LGOO VI Iszel  O. Guray and LGOO II Hedrich V. Calderon)

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