Seven (7) former rebels benefitted thru the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) during the awarding conducted by the Provincial CLIP Committee

The Provincial CLIP Committee headed by its Chairman and the National President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines, Governor Luis Ryan V. Singson, conducted a ceremonial awarding of cheques to, (7) former rebel beneficiaries whose names cannot be disclosed publicly for security purposes on January 16, 2018 at the Governor’s Hall, Provincial Capitol, Vigan City graced by the presence of Regional Director James F. Fadrilan, CESO III, OIC-Provincial Director Virgilio P. Sison, CESE, Col. Henry A. Robinson Jr.INF (MNSA) PA who is the commander of the 702nd Infantry Brigade, Lt. Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV INF (GSC) PA who is the commanding officer of the 81st Infantry Battalion and PSSUPT. Jovencio S. Badua Jr., the Provincial Director of the Police Provincial Office.

“As of this date since the first release of funds for Ilocos Sur beneficiaries on November 2015, we are ro have 27 recipients of the initial and livelihood assistance and firearm remunerations aimed to reintegrate them to their respective communities and have a normal life with their families”, said Regional Director James F. Fadrilan, CESO III.

Col. Henry A. Robinson Jr. INF (MNSA) PA, appreciated the continuous support of the government to all the undertakings of the AFP especially the existence of the CLIP that of which to abate the insurgency to all areas. “AmBisyonNatin 2040 which represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years can only be attained if and only if all stakeholders will collaborate and unify to especially aid the marginalized group”, he said.

Hon. Ryan V. Singson, in his message, expressed his gratitude to host the activity and encourage all attendees to partake I the attainment of a dream to be the first Province to be declared as an Insurgency Free Province. There were 1.4 million tourists who visited the City of Vigan alone in 2017 and being lauded as a peaceful and insurgency free province is an excellent contributor to market the various products of the 34 cities and municipalities in Ilocos Sur especially the products of upland municipalities”, he said.

The CLIP seeks to contribute toward achieving the goal of a permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with non-state armed groups specifically to facilitate the mainstreaming of Former New People’s Army (NPA) rebels as productive citizens, enhance the capacities of LGUs and National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the implementation and sustainability of the CLIP, and compensate and remunerate all turned-in firearms including those coming from the Militia Ng Bayan (MB). (LGOO II Gay B. Mati)

Info drive on Federalism in Ilocos Sur fires up!

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In cognizance to the directive of the President that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)aas the lead agency in the conduct of information drive on Federalism, the DILG Ilocos Sur held a symposium on Federalism for the students and faculty members of the University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Divine Word College of Vigan, and St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur. This is the first collaboration with the academe on federalism advocacy activities of the Department.

The symposium at UNP, Vigan City on March 2, and 4, 2017 was attended by around 600 student leaders from various accredited and mandated student organizations, students and faculty members from the various undergraduate colleges, Graduate School and College of Law.

At the Divine Word College of Vigan and St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur, the said symposium was participated by around 200 students and faculty members for each venue on March 3 and 20, 2017 respectively. All the participants were oriented on the salient features of the proposed Federal System of Government.
“The issue on federalism is a big thing. It entails a change in the system of government and this change concerns all. We aim to enhance appreciation and intensify awareness on the proposed shift to help the public have a well-informed decision comes plebiscite time,” OIC-PD Roger P. Daquioag explained when a student leader asked on the need to advocate for federalism.

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The DILG R1 Team composed of OIC-ARD Victoria H. Ramos, Regional Legal Officer Atty. Joseph O. Apolonio, OIC-PD Roger P. Daquioag, Program Manager Cesarieta R. Pestaño, Federalism Provincial Focal Person LGOO V Marjorie D. Abaya, and LGOO V Randy S. Dela Rosa were among the speakers during the series of symposia. The information drive also reached the community people thru the conduct of the Barangay Assembly Day on March 25, 2017. The proposed shift from the unitary form of government to federalism is one of the cornerstones of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. The DILG, in partnership with various stakeholders, has been directed to lead the conduct of nationwide information drive on the proposed government system. (LGOO V Francis Jayson C. Raquel)

Former 'reds' granted financial aid thru CLIP

Another milestone in the implementation of the cComprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) under the Joint Memorandum Circular of the DILG and the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Process (OPAPP) took place, as 10 former New People's Army (NPA) rebels, 8 from the Province of Abra and two (2) from the Province of Ilocos Sur who enrolled in the program were awarded financial assistance thru the DILG as provided for in the circular.

No less than the Provincial Governor of Ilocos Sur Hon. Ryan V. Singson, assisted by DILG Regional Director James F. Fadrilan handed the checks to the said Former Rebels (FRs) last February 8, 2017 at the Office of the Provincial Governor of Ilocos Sur.Six (6) of the 10 mentioned FRs surrendered their own firearms which include two (2) defaced Caliber 5.56 (M16) rifle, a Caliber 45 home made "paltik", three (3) vintage firearms, Caliber 30 Springfield (M1903), US rifle M1 Garand and Caliber, 30 US carbine. Each enrollee is entitled to an initial assistance of P15,000.00, livelihood assistance of P50,000.00 and firearms remuneration which vary depending on the valuation cost of those that were turned in. Governor Singson, in his message, said that this government program which aims on reintegrating FRs in the community is so far one of the best that he has participated. He extended his gratitude to the DILG, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and other related agencies for their collective contribution in the process of achieving a permanent and peaceful closure of armed conflict towards the attainment of lasting peace in the country.

Regional Director Fadrilan, on his part, reiterated the continued support of DILG in the implementation of different peace development endeavors. He expressed his appreciation to the FRs for their willingness in joining their communities and become productive citizens. On the other hand, Major General de Leon narrated that there are no winners in war and he encouraged the FRs to join the Armed Forces and be with them in serving the country now that they decided to embrace the government as their own.

Present during the awarding were Major General Angelito M. de Leon, Division Commander of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division; Coronel Milfredo M. Melegrito, 702nd Infantry (Defender) Brigade Commander; Lieutenant Coronel Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV, Battalion Commander of the 81st Infantry (Spartan) Battalion; PSSupt Rey de Peralta, Acting Provincial Director of Ilocos Sur PPO; other officers and members of the AFP; OIC-Provincial Director (OIC-PD) of Ilocos Sur Roger P. Daquioag; former PD of Ilocos Sur Paulino G. Lalata, Jr.; and other DILG provincial staff and local officials. (LGOO V Marjorie D. Abaya)

Candon City strengthens community resilience through Listong Pamilyang Pilipino Program

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The City Government of Candon continues to strengthen its community resilience through the Listong Pamilyang Pilipino (LPP) Program Family Development Sessions (FDS) which kicked off last November 4, 2016 at Barangay Calaoan and Ayudante, Candon City. The Gabay at Mapa Para sa Listong Pamilyang Pilipino were presented to families in the barangays
during the sessions. The families were encouraged to have a disaster family action plan that outlines what they need to do before, during, and after a disaster.

They were guided in identifying the safe and dangerous places in their community. The emergency balde (e-balde) was also presented during the sessions. The e-balde will be provided by the City Government as agreed upon upon during the dialogue between the City Mayor Ericson G. Singson and City Local Government Operations Officer Andres A. Vendiola Jr. The families were advised to store their e-balde in an accessible area in their homes. To facilitate the sessions, four (4) teams composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Disaster Risk eduction and Management (DRRM) Team, Philippine National Police (PNP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) were created to visit the 69 Parent groups within the 42 barangays of the City.

The conduct of the LPP-FDS sessions is expected to run until the end of November 2016. RA 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, calls for communities to be safe and resilient to face the challenges of disasters. Through the Listong Pamilyang Pilipino (LPP) Program of the DILG that set relevant interventions focused on the family and household preparedness, the City Government of Candon carried out the necessary measures to ensure the smooth implementation of the program on every household
starting from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) parent groups. (LGOO II Honey Lou C. Baguso)

DILG Ilocos Sur benchmarks Olongapo City’s best practices on DRRM
 
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Personnel from DILG Ilocos Sur headed by Acting PD Agnes A. De Leon, CESE benchmarked Olongapo City’s best practices on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management DRRM) during their visit on December 22, 2015. 
The efforts of Olongapo City were recognized when the City was declared as nation’s best in DRRM and was eventually installed in the National Hall of Fame for garnering the top prize of the Gawad Kalasag Awards for Excellence in disaster preparedness and management for three (3) consecutive years, from CY 2007-2009. 
Mr. Angelito B. Layug, City DRRM Officer, explained that the City was categorized as a hazard-prone area because of its vulnerabilities to earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, volcanic eruptions and floods. With these, the city is continuously in pursuit of establishing an effective rescue team equipped with well-trained personnel through attendance to various trainings and seminars here and abroad. The City Government also regularly adds and upgrades its supplies and equipment by making prudent use of their DRRM funds. 
The presentation also highlighted the dedicated community partnership among barangay leaders and community members for effective community response. The CDRRMO staff answered all the queries of the DILG personnel and they were also given a chance to explore the DRRM office and their equipment. Acting PD De Leon hopes that through this activity, the personnel will be able to impart their learning to their respective LGUs to better improve their DRRM efforts and mechanisms.

DILG R1 awards financial and livelihood assistance to former rebels in Ilocos Sur

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 awarded four (4) former rebels with financial and livelihood assistance amounting to Php 65,000.00 each during the Joint Regional Peace and Order - Provincial Peace and Order Council - Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Meeting last November 27, 2015 at Baluarte, Vigan City. 

The financial and livelihood assistance was awarded by DILG Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph. D., CESO IV; DILG Acting Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon, CESE; Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson and RPOC Chair Belen T. Fernandez. From the said amount, Php 15,000.00 will serve as immediate assistance while Php 50,000.00 will serve as livelihood assistance to be invested in agricultural production particularly animal raising and farming. 

The provision of financial and livelihood assistance is part of the implementation of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) which seeks to achieve permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with non-state armed groups. Likewise, this program aims to facilitate the mainstreaming of Former Rebels as productive citizens and to enhance capacities of LGUs and National Government Agencies (NGAs) in the implementation and sustainability of the project.

The CLIP is being implemented per Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01 dated May 15, 2014 of the DILG and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Beneficiaries of the Program are former rebels who have expressed their desire to abandon armed violence and become productive members of society including their spouses, partners, children (whether legitimate or i illegitimate), parents or siblings, if applicable. 

With the implementation of the program in the Province, four (4) former rebels as validated by Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police intelligence Committee (JAPIC) were enrolled to CLIP this 2015. The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office with the DILG and Provincial CLIP Committee prepared the necessary documents for enrollment of the recipients.

This likewise includes the preparation of their Reintegration Plan and their respective Business Plan / Project Proposal. Monitoring and evaluation on the progress and outcome of the assistance will be conducted by the DILG and PSWDO.

SPO4 Juan is PNP Model Family in R1

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“To be nominated in the Search for PNP Model Families is already an honor for the uniformed police officers who risk their lives to protect and serve the community.” Regional Director Evangeline R. Almirante of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) emphasized this during the on-site validation conducted by the Regional Search Committee (RSC). She commended the nominees for uplifting the image of police officers as family person and partner in community development.

The Search highlights family values, work ethics, and involvement in activities that promote positive changes in the community. It advocates the capability of police officers as partners in maintaining peace and order towards a more progressive socioeconomic system. It is open to all uniformed members of the PNP with legitimate or legally adopted child/children, legally married and living together with his/her spouse for at least five (5) years, and has been in the police service for at least five (5) years at the time of the Search.

After much deliberation, SPO4 Dennis A. Juan and his family stood out as the PNP Model Family of Region 1 having ranked first among six (6) nominees. The other nominees were: SPO4 Erlinda Gagaoin of La Union; PO3 Ador Puntalba and SPO2 Emma Ruth Apostol of Pangasinan; SPO4 Myrna Almadrigo and SPO4 Cesar Ramos of Ilocos Norte.

SPO4 Juan is currently assigned at Ilocos Norte PNP Provincial Office (INPPO) and is regarded by his colleagues as a soft-spoken and generous person. His family exhibited the characteristics befitting a model family. One of their advantages is the community outreach program they initiated as a family which has been sustained for 17 years. Their three (3) children would save money from their allowances to be used in buying school supplies for a group of pupils in their area. They aim to do this until the selected pupils graduate from 6th Grade. Their children also stated that when they finish school, they will continue what their parents have started.

Each nominated family were rated based on: how the parents share their responsibilities in raising their children; how they show their respect for one another in the family; how they uphold moral principles; and how they are able to bring about better change in their community.

Members of the RSC interviewed the nominees and their family, their superiors and co-workers, neighbors, pastors/ priests and local officials to assess which family will be nominated at the national level to vie for the title PNP Model Family.

The RSC is chaired by Ms. Geraldine Ortega of La Union Vibrant Women, Inc., with members composed of representatives from the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and St. John Bosco College of Northern Luzon.

Members of the committee conducted the on-site validation on May 8, 2017 for La Union; May 10-11, 2017 for Ilocos Norte; and May 15-16, 2017 for Pangasinan.

All the Regional nominees will be awarded in the culmination of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) this coming’ September 2017.


- Nicolette May O. Amon
LGOO IV, DILG R1

R1 leagues, CSOs pledge support for MASA MASID

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The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB), National Government Agencies (NGAs) and a number of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Region 1 expressed their support to the implementation of the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) during the program’s Regional Launch last October 25, 2016 at the DILG Regional Office 1, City of San Fernando, La Union.

“I do believe that this (MASA MASID) will save everybody for a better Philippines,” said Mayor Erdio Valenzuela, LMP Ilocos Norte Chapter President. Representatives from the four provincial
governments attended the activity along with representatives from the four provincial chapters of the LMP, LnB, CSOs and faith-based organizations operating in the region.

In her message, Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag emphasized the need for every sector of the society to actively participate in the program. “All of us have roles in this program because peace and order is everybody’s business,” she said. Partners from the different national government agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) also attended the MASA MASID regional launch.

Officials and employees present were stunned as PSSUPT Jose Briones of the PNP presented the statistics on drug users, drug pushers and surrenderers. “Ang mga ito ang pumipigil sa atin tungo sa magandang buhay. Noon, hindi natin nakikita ang problema. Ngayon, we are face to face with the problem,” LMP Pangasinan Chapter President Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr. said, responding to the volume of R1 leagues, CSOs pledge support for MASA MASID surrenderers and arrests in the region for the last four months.

The Local Chief Executive expressed his thankfulness to the President for paving the way for programs such as MASA MASID. “Magpasalamat tayo sa ating Pangulo dahil nakita niya
ang paraan para tayo ay sumulong sa magandang buhay. Nagpapasalamat ako sa ating Pangulo dahil nakikita natin ang problema,” he said.

Mayor Alarcio also urged the body to respond to the call of the program. “Tayong mamamayan ang sisisihin kung di natin masolusyunan ang problema kasi kitang-kita na natin
kapitbahay mo, kamag-anak mo, magulang mo, anak mo, kaibigan mo. In short, mas madali na dapat para sa atin ang resulbahin ang problema. Hikayatin natin ang ating mga mamamayan. Sana hindi na natin pakakawalan itong oportunidad na ito.”

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, representing Gov. Amado Espino, III, also expressed the provincial government’s support for the program. “Ang amin pong commitment ay hindi lamang po kay Secretary (Sueno), hindi lamang po sa PDEA at hindi lamang po sa Presidente. Kundi we are committing to this mandate dahil gusto po namin ng magandang
kinabukasan para sa lahat po ng aming constituents,” he said.

Also present during the activity were representatives from faith-based organizations who showed eagerness to support the program. “Wala pong iwanan dito. Lahat po kami ay susuporta sa
MASA MASID. Hindi lang po kami sasama. Mag-iingay po kami. Sabi nga po ni Secretary (Sueno), lahat ng tao ay mag-ingay o makialam. Ito po ang pag- asa natin,” said Rev. Joven B. Legaspi of the Yeshua Change Agent. The MASA MASID is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to
intensify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level. It aims to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civic organizations, faith-based organizations and the private sectors in the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption. (LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales with reports from LGMED)

 

‘Three in a row!’ DILG R1 is PBB 2015 Best Office

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region     (DILG R1) was again ranked as Best Office in the recently concluded rating and ranking of DILG Delivery Units for the grant of the FY 2015 Performance Based Bonus (PBB).

 

Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag made the announcement to key personnel of the DILG R1 today, August 17, 2016.

 

“My congratulations to everyone. We just received a letter from the Central Office informing us that Region 1 was again ranked as Best Office for PBB 2015”, RD Daquioag said.

 

The DILG R1 was also ranked as Best Office last 2013 and 2014. RD Daquioag said that being ranked as Best Office for the third time shows consistency in performance.

 

“What is so special about it is that this is our third time to be rated as Best Office. This means that we have been very consistent with our performance”, RD Daquioag joyfully told members of the Regional Management Team.

DILG R1 holds basic orientation for LCEs

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) held a basic orientation for 80 re- elected and 10 newly- minted Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of the Region last August 30- September 1, 2016.

The Basic Orientation is Part I of the second component of the Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Program of the Department which will introduce the NEOs to the organizational, political, and constitutional environment of public service at the local government level.

The Basic Orientation was originally intended for re-elected LCEs. Newly- minted LCEs who were unable to attend the Basic Orientation conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) last June were invited to ensure that all LCEs of the region are guided on their first crucial days.  

Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements during his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Basic Orientation aims to discuss the issues and challenges of decentralization and explain features of Federalism as critical next step for decentralization.

Through the orientation, NEOs had opportunities to dialogue with key agencies on disaster risk reduction and management and peace and order with key emphasis on the National Government’s Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, Role of Local Governments in Disaster Management, Utilization of Project Noah, Lambat Sibat Program of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and Enhancing Institutional Relationships between the PNP and local government units (LGUs) through Deputization of Local Police with the National Police Commission.

Former and incumbent LCEs were also invited to share their vast experiences on Crisis Management, Local Economic Development, Fiscal Management and Leadership and Management to the NEOs. The LCE- sharers were Mayor Belen T. Fernandez of Dagupan City; Former Mayor Eddie G. Guillen of Piddig, Ilocos Norte; Mayor Alfredo P. Valdez, Jr. of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte and Former Mayor Edgardo S. Cobangbang of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

A discussion on Strategic Management, highlighting the ASEAN Economic Integration and President Duterte’s SONA which will serve as input to the LCEs formulation of their respective Development Commitment: Executive- Legislative Agenda capped the basic orientation.

The NEO Program is a continuing program of the DILG implemented through the LGA and the Regional Offices. It aims to build strategic leaders out of newly- elected officials who would lead their governments in becoming competitive, efficient and responsive institutions for development. 

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