Best Practice in the Public Market of Balaoan, La Union
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed last March 8, 2020 Proclamation No. 922 declaring a State of Public Emergency throughout the Philippines due to Corona Virus Disease 91 (Covid-19), thus enjoining all local government units (LGUs) to render full assistance to undertake appropriate measures to curtail and eliminate the threat of Covid-19 in a timely manner. On March 16, 2020, Proclamation No. 929 declaring the entire Philippines under State of Calamity due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order No. 2020-03-023 was issued prescribing a market scheme in adherence to the IATF directives. Said EO required all individuals entering the public market to undergo temperature check and do handwash. To be on track on the curfew hours of 6AM to 6PM, the market was declared open from 6:00 AM to 5:00PM daily, giving ample time for vendors to set up their merchandise in the morning, and for market-goers to arrive home on time. The market was also set up with one entrance and one exit point only, while market disinfection is scheduled once a week.
Due to the increasing positive case in the Province of La Union, one of the safeguard measures implemented by the municipal government is regulating the schedule of market operations. Executive Order no. 2020-04-027 prescribing the market schedule of various barangays effective April 12, 2020.
On April 8, 2020, Mayor Concepcion signed EO No. 2020-04-028 requiring the mandatory wearing of facemasks in all public places.
Social distancing markers are painted on pavements of the public market. The Philippine National Police constantly reminds market goers, including those queuing in pawnshops, pharmacies, stores and others, to observe social distancing.
Popularizing the “Talipapa” and “Pasa-buy”
In its effort to regulate the movement of people and gathering of crowd in the public market, Mayor Concepcion called the active participation of barangay folks to put up a talipapa (satellite market) in locations feasible to said activity. As of April 6, 2020, a total of 22 barangays have already set up a talipapa, that further complemented the efforts of the LGU to limit the movement of people.
In the absence of public transport, civic-minded people in Balaoan popularized “pasa-buy” (pasabay), a scheme which exhibits the “bayanihan” value of the Filipinos. A volunteer resident, with private vehicle, collects orders from neighbors and buys and distribute them, at no extra cost.
Likewise, the Municipal Government have been distributing food packs to the poorest of the poor every week, since the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
The local government unit of Balaoan, guided by national policies, has been exploring possibilities, and implementing guidelines that serves the greater good for greater number. The concerted effort of the townspeople of Balaoan has maintained its zero positive case on Covid-19 as of this writing.
MLGOO OLIVIA MAE N. DE GUZMAN
LGRRC1 Conducts External KM Audit to MSAC Partners
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 thru the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) 1 conducted External Knowledge Management (KM) Audit to five (5) Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MSAC) partners via Zoom Video Conference, October 4-8, 2021.
LGOO V Euly Q. Enrique of the Local Government Academy (LGA) rendered her technical expertise on the subject matter as the resource speaker for the said audit.
The participants who joined the activity are LGRRC 1 Members, Provincial LGRC Members, and MSAC partner-representatives from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 1, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region 1, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), LGU- Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, and LGU Bauang, La Union.
The External KM Audit aims to orient the MSAC partners on KM Audit, its Components, Audit Framework, Diagnostic Activities, and Audit Tools; and for the participants to assess their own organization’s “Knowledge Management” health, “readiness” or “fitness” to “do Knowledge Management”.
KM Audit looks into organizational maturity, knowledge needs of the organization/community/network, knowledge assets or resources and where they are, knowledge gaps that exist, how knowledge flows around the organization, and the blocks to the knowledge flow, such as to what extent do people, processes and technology currently support or hamper the effective flow of knowledge.
Written By: LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro
Photo Credit: Rodolfo J. Sarranquin Jr.
DILG R1 Hosts VaxCertPH Orientation for Region I, II, and CAR
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 thru its Regional Information and Communication Technology Unit (RICTU) and Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) hosted the VaxCertPH Orientation for Region I, II, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), in preparation for the forthcoming National Roll-out of VaxCertPH, September 29.
Among the topics discussed are the Reporting and Validation Tool for LGUs, Data Quality Analysis, System Readiness, LGU Readiness, LGU Booth Preparation, and Communication Strategies.
USEC Jonathan E. Malaya, DILG Focal Person on VaxCertPH, Department of Information, Communication and Technology (DICT) Dir. Maria Theresa Camba, Hon. Benjamin Magalong, Contact Tracing Czar, ARD Agnes A. De Leon, CESO V, representing RD Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D., CESO III of DILG R1, RD Jonathan Paul M. Leusen, Jr., CESO III of DILG RII, RD Araceli A. San Jose, CESO IV of DILG-CAR, Provincial Directors, DILG Field Officers, VaxCertPH Coordinators from LGUs, as well as senior officials from the Department of Health (DOH) and other partner agencies participated in the said orientation.
Before the activity, a soft launch of VaxCertPH was held last September 3, 2021 in the National Capital Region (NCR) limited only to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and International Travelers. It was followed by the soft launch of VaxCertPH Rollout in Regions III and IV-A, Metro Cebu, and Davao City, which was scheduled last September 24, 2021.
The DICT, in coordination with other concerned agencies including the DILG, developed the VaxCertPH, a digital system and application that aims to unify the format for the issuance of the digital vaccine certificate and ensure that the same conforms to international standards.
As provided in DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2021-0951, the program will be implemented nationwide by the concerned agencies through the Local Government Units (LGUs).
Written by: LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro
EPAHP Convergence Program Ceremonial Launching
A Ceremonial Launching on the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Convergence Program was held on September 10, 2021 via Google Meet. The highlight of this event was the virtual signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the Regional Directors from the following agencies as a manifestation of their support for this undertaking: DSWD, DAR, DA, DILG, DepEd, DOH, NNC, DOST, Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 1, DTI, BFAR, NIA, Phil. Crop Insurance, DA – Phil. Carabao Center at Mariano Marcos State University (Batac, Ilocos Norte), DA – Phil. Carabao Center at Mariano Marcos State University (Rosario, La Union), POPCOM, BJMP, NFA (together with Giant Agribest Trading Corporation)
The collaborative efforts of the EPAHP partners would create greater synergy and convergence in engaging the urban and rural communities to enhance social capital and optimize economic resource base through supplementary feeding and other government feeding programs, food production and livelihood programs and essential support services, including the participation of Community-Based organizations (CBOs) in government procurement as partners and/or service providers.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Chairperson of EPAHP, who was also present during the ceremonial launching, said that the small farmers and fisherfolks are the priority sectors and programs and measures of the EPAHP which may helped them cope up with the ongoing pandemic.
389 Barangays in R1 retained their status as Drug-Cleared Barangays
The Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing (ROCBDC) convened at Hotel Arianna, Paringao, Bauang, La Union for the validation of barangays with drug cleared status on August 19, 2021. Out of the 389 drug-cleared barangays regionwide, Ilocos Norte has 10, Ilocos Sur has 40, La Union has 12 and Pangasinan has 327. Said barangays were declared by the Committee to have maintained their Drug Cleared Barangay status.
The ROCBDC is composed of PDEA as the Chair, DILG as Vice-Chair and the members are from PNP, DOH and Representatives from the Provinces of Pangasinan and La Union.
Aside from the validation of drug cleared status, two (2) barangays were vetted for being unaffected barangays, namely Baliw-Laud, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur and Barangay Cabalitian, Sual, Pangasinan. They are declared on a provisionary status pending submission of additional documents as required by the members of the Committee.
The Anti-Drug campaign is a continuous activity of the government even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
by: LGMED Chief Rhodora G. Soriano
“Steering” LGUs Towards Full Devolution
With the clock ticking for National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to prepare for the full devolution prompted by the signing of the Executive Order No. 138 series of 2021 by Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 1 headed by Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D., CESO III and Assistant Regional Director Agnes A. De Leon, CESO V took the first step in “steering” the LGUs of Region 1 towards full devolution by conducting a one-day regional orientation on the preparation of Local Government Unit Devolution Transition Plan (LGU-DTP) via zoom video conference on August 10, 2021.
The purpose of the activity was to apprise the provincial, city, and municipal participants on the prescribed components, processes, and mechanisms in preparation of LGU DTPs, as well as in filling-out the necessary forms; and capacitate City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) in providing coaching assistance in the formulation of LGU DTPs.
“The Executive Order No. 138 is a huge and new milestone for all of us,” RD Daquioag said during her opening message. She expressed her gratitude to all of the participants for joining the orientation. She encouraged the LGUs to clarify matters in order to have a common understanding in the preparation of their LGU DTPs.
The regional orientation was divided into three (3) sessions. Session 1 focused on the following topics: 1) Overview of the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court Ruling and EO No. 138 series of 2021; 2) Communications Plan Strategy: Key Messaging and Branding; 3) Capacity Development (CapDev) Agenda Process. Session 2 covered the Guidelines in the preparation of LGU DTPs and the Components of the LGU DTP . Resource speakers during the 1st and 2nd session came from DILG Region 1 and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 1.
During the last session, representatives from the National Government Agencies (NGAs) in Region 1 presented their draft DTPs to give LGUs heads up on the possible functions, services, and facilities that will be devolved to them.
Among the NGA representatives who presented their respective draft DTPs are Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 1, Department of Health (DOH) Region 1, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 1, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The regional orientation was participated by DILG Provincial Offices, DILG Field Officers, concerned NGAs, and LGUs.
By: LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro