Gov. Espino highlights impact of DILG projects during SOPA

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Governor Amado I. Espino, III highlighted the impact of locally- funded projects of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during his first State of the Province Address (SOPA) last May 11, 2017.

Speaking before local officials and stakeholders in the province, Gov. Espino said that through DILG’s P56 Million Special Local Road Fund (SLRF), the provincial government was able to rehabilitate and improve 64.5 km of provincial roads.

“Sa loob ng siyam na buwan, mula noong July 2016 hanggang March 2017, gumastos tayo ng P71.8 Million at natapos natin ang rehabilitasyon at improvement ng 64.5 km ng provincial roads. Ang malaking bahagi ng P71.8 Million na yan ay ang P56 Million Motor Vehicles Users Charge Incentive Fund (otherwise known as SLRF) na binigay ng DILG sa Pangasinan”, the Governor said.

The provincial road networks rehabilitated using the P56 Million SLRF are the Mangaterem- Urbiztondo Road, Maniboc- Pangapisan- Sabangan Road, Malasiqui- Catablan Road, Tarlac Boundary- Bayambang Diversion Road and the Asingan- San Manuel- Agno Gorge Road.

He also said that, at present, the provincial government is completing the 11.4 km Burgos- Iliw- Iliw Road and 4.5 km Urbiztondo- San Carlos Road through the P125 Million DILG- KALSADA Fund released to the province last year.

The province is awaiting the release of the P167 Million Conditional Matching Grant Fund for the rehabilitation of the 5.5 km Malasiqui-Catablan Road, 1.7 km Urbiztondo-Basista Road and the 2.7 km Mapandan- Banaoang Road.

Aside from the SLRF, the Governor also mentioned the impact of the P4 Million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) received by the Province for being a 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance passer.

“Gamit ang P4 Million cash incentive mula sa DILG Performance Challenge Fund at 3.4 milyong pondo ng provincial government, itatayo natin ang Hall of Fame Building / Abong na Dayew sa tabi ng Urduja House, na palalagyan ng mga awards at recognitions na natanggap at matatanggap pa natin sa paglipas ng panahon”, Gov. Espino said.

DILG Pangasinan Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon expressed joy over the provincial government’s recognition of DILG’s contribution to local development.

“Tayo po ay nagagalak marinig mula sa butihing Gobernador ang pagkilala sa ambag ng ating ahensiya sa kanilang mithiing makamit ang local development. We are very much encouraged to zealously continue the provision of technical assistance to the LGUs. Patuloy po tayong magpupursige sa ating tungkulin dahil alam nating ito ay may mga bunga”, PD De Leon said.

DILG Regional Director James F. Fadrilan, who was also present during the SOPA, was glad about the Governor’s remarks.

“Nakakataba ng puso masingle-out ang ating Departamento na nakatulong sa probinsiya. DILG was mentioned at least three times”, he said.
-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

3-storey BUB funded evacuation center benefits 617 households in Dagupan
 
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A newly- inaugurated three- story evacuation center funded under the Bottom- Up Budgeting of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is expected to benefit 617 households of Barangay Salapingao, Dagupan City.

The spacious evacuation center can accommodate over 1,000 evacuees with basic amenities such as potable water; electricity; comfort rooms for females, males and persons with disabilities (PWDs); communal kitchen; dining and laundry area. Other equally important components include a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Office, clinic infirmary, breastfeeding area, stock room and a roof deck.

The facility, which has a land area of 1,236 square meters, has a total project cost of Php 15,100,400 (Php 10,786,000 from the DILG- BUB and Php 4,314,400 counterpart from the City Government).

City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez thanked the DILG for the BUB- funded facility.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa DILG. Dahil sa kanila, tayo po ay binigyan ng pondo mula sa Bottom- Up Budgeting at ito ang ating pinatayo”, she said while addressing barangay residents during the inauguration.

The City Mayor said that the construction of the evacuation center plays a significant role in their efforts to save lives during the occurrence of any disaster.

“Ang significance ng [evacuation] center po na ito, unang-una po ay para sa ating buhay- masave natin ang buhay. Yan ang number one po. Kasi ang pamilya po natin ang lakas natin. Kahit saan po tayo pumunta, ang iniisip natin ay ang ating pamilya”, she said.

Dagupan is a coastal city of Pangasinan perched on a wetland and within the typhoon belt. Its inherent geological and geophysical characteristics made the city very susceptible to various natural hazards. Barangay Salapingao is one of its five island barangays vulnerable to typhoons, storm surge, destructive flooding and earthquakes.

The barangay, which is barely a kilometer away from the Lingayen Gulf and 2.5 km away from the city proper, can only be reached by motorized banca. Its location poses a challenge for city and barangay officials to ensure the safety of barangay residents during disasters.

Prior to the construction of the evacuation center, residents only have school classrooms and few sturdy structures to take refuge in during typhoons and flooding.

With the completion of the facility, they are now assured of a safe shelter located in an elevated area and structurally- designed to withstand strong typhoons and even earthquakes.

The evacuation center is expected to have indirect benefits to residents of two other adjacent island barangays - Lomboy and Pugaro. The land on which the facility stands was donated by Mr. Romulo O. Reyes and his family.

The multi- level facility adheres to the national standards for evacuation centers per DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015-45, “Guidelines for the Implementation of Provision of Potable Water Supply, Local Access Road and other Local Infrastructure Projects under the Bottom-Up Budgeting”.
-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

 

DILG R1 to forge MOA with PSU for 2017 CSIS in Laoac, San Nicolas

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Following the briefing for target- municipalities last May 3-5, 2017, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) is set to forge partnership with the Pangasinan State University (PSU) this May for the 2017 implementation of the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) in the municipalities of Laoac and San Nicolas, Pangasinan.

The DILG R1 previously partnered with the same local resource institute (LRI) for the implementation of the same program in the four (4) cities of Pangasinan last 2015.

After the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) is set to train members of the two teams of PSU this May for the data gathering, analysis and report writing components of the CSIS.

Aside from its experience in quantitative research projects, the PSU was chosen for its ability to mobilize research teams whose members possessed the qualifications set by the Department, proximity to the LGU and willingness to comply with project deadlines.

The CSIS is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizens’ feedback on local governments’ service delivery performance and on the citizens’ general satisfaction. It assesses the service delivery performance of local governments based on the knowledge, experience, and perception of the people.

The DILG is in its fifth year of CSIS implementation.

DILG Pangasinan preps up for 2017 SGLG
 
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In preparation for the data gathering, validation and certification phase of the 2017 implementation of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), the Department of the Interior and Local Government Pangasinan (DILG Pangasinan) will conduct a Provincial Orientation tomorrow (May 9) at the Dagupan Village Hotel, Dagupan City.

The activity will be attended by City / Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) and shall be facilitated by Provincial Focal Persons and members of the Regional Assessment Teams (RATs) assigned in Pangasinan.

The orientation aims to orient C/MLGOOs on the different assessment areas and criteria of the Seal. The different assessment forms will also be presented as well as instructions on how to properly fill- up said forms.

The Province of Pangasinan produced the most number of SGLG passers in Region 1 last year with 18 LGU- awardees including the Provincial Government.

The four cities, 44 municipalities and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan will be assessed this year using the scaled- up overall assessment criteria of “4+1”.

From being one of the essential areas last year, peace and order was added this year to the core areas comprising of Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness and Social Protection; while Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Business Friendliness and Environmental Management are this year’s essential areas.

An LGU has to pass four core areas and one essential area to qualify for the Seal. Incentives in the form of SGLG marker and Performance Challenge Fund await 2017 awardees of the Seal. A special distinction shall also be given to LGUs which consistently passed all assessment areas for the three periods (2015, 2016 and 2017).

The data gathering, validation and certification phases of the 2017 SGLG will run from May 15- June 16, 2017. The conferment of the Seal will be on October in line with the Local Government Code Anniversary Celebration.

-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

 

186 drug surrenderers complete Laoac’s community-based rehabilitation program

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One hundred eighty- six (186) drug surrenderers completed the requirements of “Oplan Katuwang”, Laoac, Pangasinan’s community-based rehabilitation program. The graduation of the 186 drug surrenderers from the program was confirmed by Mayor Silverio D. Alarcio, Chair of Laoac’s Anti- Drug Abuse Council, and was witnessed by the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Police Director General Ronald “Bato” M. Dela Rosa. "Maswerte kayo dito sa Laoac dahil yung mga ibang munisipyo ay di pa nakapagconduct ng localized drug rehabilitation program. Dahil dito (community-based rehabilitation program) ay graduate na yung mga Tokhang surrenderers,” said PNP Chief Dela Rosa.

The PNP Chief, during the simple graduation rites, asked the surrenderers who graduated from the program to raise their hands to be recognized."Look at them. They are very proud na magpakilala dahil talagang sila ay na-rehab na. At yung pagtaas ng kamay nila, that is a manifestation na di na sila babalik doon sa kanilang dating gawi. Thank you very much sa inyong sinseridad na magbago,” he said.

“Oplan Katuwang” is Laoac’s response to the number of drug users/pushers uncovered through the Oplan Tokhang. From the original 40 drug users/pushers, the PNP was able to uncover a total of 382 drug users/pushers who 

surrendered and expressed their willingness to go through the community-based rehabilitation program. “Oplan Katuwang” was envisioned to complement the PNP’s “Oplan Tokhang” by providing means for the surrenderers to be rehabilitated and reintegrated in the community. The 186 surrenderers who graduated from the program belong to the first batch of surrenderers who went through different workshops and sessions from August 2, 2016- February 24, 2017.

These workshops and sessions include Skills Trainings/Workshops facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Regular Rehabilitation Sessions, Community Service and the Laoac Siga Talaga Basketball Tournament. Mayor Alarcio said that Laoac came up with “Oplan Katuwang” because drug abuse is a community problem.
“This is now the problem of our community, no longer a law enforcement problem kasi lumabas na. Ang paghahanap ng problema ay trabaho ng pulis. Pero napalabas na nila yung problema. It is now our job. The leaders of the community, as well as the community, will now take-over. ‘Pag di natin masolbar ito, sarili na natin ang ating sisisihin. So we came up with ‘Oplan Katuwang," he said. Rehabilitation activities under “Oplan Katuwang” offer effective medical, psychological and spiritual interventions to help drug users break free from drug dependence and be fully reintegrated in the society with the needed skills for them to be productive members of the community.

Also present to witness the first batch of graduates of “Oplan Katuwang” were Governor Amado I. Espino, III; PDIR Roel Barcena Obusan, Chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG); PCSUPT Antonio A. Taylan, Jr., Director for Engineering Services; PCSUPT Charlo C. Collado, Acting Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1; PSSUPT Ronald Oliver Lee, Acting Police Provincial Director; and DILG Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon.“Oplan Katuwang” is the first LGU-initiated community-based rehabilitation program in Pangasinan. (LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales)

SILG Sueno: We will not stop our war on drugs SILG

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We will not stop our war on drugs," said Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Ismael D. Sueno during the Inauguration of Ramon J. Guico Sr. Sports and Civic Center at Binalonan, Pangasinan last February 13, 2017.

The SILG added that the government is shifting its focus from having the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the lead agency in curbing the drug problem in the country to utilizing the Local Peace and Order Councils (LPOCs). He said that the move is a response to the cases of policemen who have been abusive in the implementation of the Oplan Tokhang. It will be a non-violent approach in confronting the issues of illegal drugs. He said that though police officers are still members of the LPOCs of the barangays, cities, municipalities and provinces, arrests will not be made by the council. The POC of barangays, with the help of the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) team, will go around the barangays to look for homes where there are no drug addicts and post a “drug- free home” sticker. Households with the sticker are to convince households without the sticker to qualify until such time that the whole barangay is declared “drug-free”.

SILG Sueno also mentioned the efforts being done by the top management of the PNP to cleanse the organization of police officers involved in extra judicial killings.
“General Bato is working very hard to cleanse the police organization. We expect many more arrests, suspensions and dismissal of police officers,” he said. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is currently drafting the guidelines for the utilization of LPOCs in the fight against drugs. Per DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015-130, POCs at the provincial, city, and municipal levels provide a forum for dialogue and deliberation of major issues and problems affecting peace and order. The barangay POCs, on the other hand, serve as information-gathering mechanism, monitor and coordinate the implementation of peace and order programs at the barangay level and coordinate the operation of all community-based anti-crime groups in the barangay. (LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales)

 

Pangasinan conducts 5th Provincial Health Summit

The Provincial Government of Pangasinan conducted the Provincial Health and LGU Scorecard Awarding Ceremony on November 6, 2015 at the Sison Auditorium, Lingayen, Pangasinan highlighting the various accomplishments on health programs and projects of the province. Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., in his message, stressed the basic role of local government officials in the advancement of health programs in their locality. 

He further added that political motives should be put aside to be able to focus more on the health needs of their constituents particularly the needy and the sick. He said that the provincial government has done its part of prioritizing the health of the Pangasinenses as can be gleaned from the amount of budget being allocated for health programs alone which is equivalent to 25% of the total annual budget. 

Dr. Anna Maria Teresa de Guzman, Provincial Health Officer said that out of the P 712, 249, 248 total budget for health, P544,306,705 goes to hospital services while P 167, 942, 543 is earmarked for public health. She also added that under Governor Espino’s stewardship, a special project thru the Point-of-Care (POC) Program has been fully implemented benefitting 25,679 poor families since March 2014 up to June 2015.

The POC further strengthens the “No Balance Billing Policy” and “No Payout from the Pocket” in government hospitals. She also announced that thru the oral polio and measles immunization of the provincial government, there has been no recorded cases of polio to this date and further added that for the 3rd year now, the province has no recorded malaria cases, close enough to be considered as one of the malaria-free provinces in the entire country comes January 2016. During the occasion, DILG Pangasinan thru its Provincial Director Reggie R. Colisao pledged its support to the well-lauded health programs of the provincial government and reiterated its collaboration with the LGU Scorecard on Health which is a joint project of the DOH and the DILG.

Another highlight of the affair was the awarding of the Province by the Department of Health (DOH) thru Regional Director Myrna C. Cabotaje for its outstanding performance in Health Care with a prize of PhP 2.250 Million. Other citations were also given to LGU best performers on health programs and projects.

DILG Pangasinan goes On-air

Lingayen, Pangasinan – Recognizing the broadcast media as a potent tool in strengthening its relationship with its clientele through the dissemination of vital information particularly on advocacies and public service programs, DILG Pangasinan and DZRD 981 Radio Dagupan started airing their radio program segment entitled “Serbisyo Ko, Serbisyo Mo Ngayon!” on May 22, 2015. 

The segment airs every 4th Monday of the month within the daily Kapartner ng Bayan program from 10:0AM to 11:00AM. It broadcasts public service information and advocacy programs to its listeners in the province of Pangasinan and nearby provinces within Region 1. 

Acting Provincial Director Reggie R. Colisao and other Provincial Office technical staff have so far discussed and clarified information on the Department’s programs – such as the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) and Wemboree – and recent undertakings as they co-hosted the segment. 

Serbisyo Ko, Serbisyo Mo Ngayon! is co-produced by DILG Pangasinan, the Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) and other Kapartner ng Bayan Program partners namely, the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office, Department of Agriculture (DA) RO1, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Population Office RO1, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Dagupan City, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) R01, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Pangasinan, Philippine National Red Cross Pangasinan, and the Department of labor and Employment (DOLE).

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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