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.

SILG Sarmiento bids farewell to DILG R1 family

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“It is hard to leave an organization which you have learned to love”.

These were the words of Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Mel Senen S. Sarmiento as he bade farewell to his Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) family in an exit call attended by key personnel of the DILG R1, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) last June 2, 2016 at the Conference Room of the San Fernando City, La Union Airport.

The SILG requested the Exit Call to personally thank his DILG R1 family for the support they have given him. He acknowledged the dedication he witnessed from the DILG personnel and said that he is thankful for the opportunity given to him to serve as SILG even for such a short time.

“Maswerte ako na DILG ang napuntahan ko kasi dito ko nakita ang mga committed public servants”, he said.

The SILG expressed his hopes that the programs and projects being implemented by the Department will be carried out by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He cited, among others, the implementation of the Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) and the Bottom- Up Budgeting (BuB) programs.

He also hopes that the incoming administration will continue projects which have been started or proposed for the coming years. These include review and completion of the Roadmaps for the BJMP and BFP, implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the establishment of National Government Operation Centers in the local government units that would house national agencies.

He said that the MOU with CHED has three- fold objectives which are: 1) drafting of new curriculum for Criminology students which contain higher standards of discipline, 2)  establishment of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Institutes in State Universities where local officials may enrol, and 3) establishment of institutional arrangements that would allow the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to tap all 5th Year Civil Engineering students as partners in the design of projects and supervision of project implementation.

As for the Local Government Sector, the SILG said that the proposed DILG- owned National Government Operation Centers in the local government units was envisioned to house City / Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) with staff support that would warrant the provision of Representation and Transportation Allowance (RATA) and Maintenance and other Operating Expenses (MOOE).

He said that the concept is to bring the national government closer to the local government units for convergence.

“Because at the end of the day, the public would not be able to decipher whether a project is from the local government or the national government”, he said.

As a private citizen, the SILG intends to continue lobbying for a separate Procurement Law for uniformed personnel.

“We are used to buying the cheapest but the cheapest does not necessarily mean best buy. Just imagine kung bibilhan mo yung pulis ng baril, mura nga pero di naman pumuputok”, SILG Sarmiento said.

He also commended the Philippine National Police for a very peaceful May 9 Elections.

“Sinasabi ko ito kasi I am the one being congratulated. Pero kayo naman talaga ang kumilos together with the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)”, he said.

The SILG conducted exit calls in all DILG Regional Offices and attached agencies to personally thank his DILG family.

“Hindi naman pwedeng di ako umikot kasi kumatok na ko sa bahay ninyo. Siguro naman, sa taong pinapasok sa bahay niya ay kailangan ding humingi ng permiso bago umalis at magpasalamat man lang. Kaya ko po ginagawa itong pagpapasalamat sa inyo.”

The SILG recounted that prior to his being SILG, the DILG is an agency he has closely worked with as an elected official. He ended his exit call by saying, “I am going to miss my DILG family.”

 

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