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)

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)

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)

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.

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REGIONAL TASK FORCE 1 – ELCAC, CONDUCTED A REGIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN – The Regional Task Force 1-ELCAC, spearheaded by NTF-ELCAC SUCBEM Cluster, conducted the Ilocos leg for the series of Regional Conferences on Peace and Development (RCPD) on May 27, 2021 at Pangasinan State University Conference Hall, Lingayen Pangasinan. This activity was the first phase of the SONA Campaign Plan of the President.

The event was attended by representatives from various sectors of the community such as Indigenous Peoples (IP), Laborers, Farmers, Fisherfolks, Peasants, Women, and the Youth. It was conducted in a controlled and well-managed face-to-face conference with standard health protocols being employed throughout the activity.

The activity intends to provide a framework for advocacy of legitimate sectoral issues and concerns, validate governance and development gaps of communities and identify needed government interventions to address them. This also provided an avenue for the sectors to lobby sectors’ social reform agenda and for government agencies with sectoral mandates to regain its role as champion for protection and promotion of peoples’ right and welfare.

The activity was graced virtually by CORDS-1/NSA Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr... In his opening message, he reiterated that the RCPD is the first of the three phases of the SONA Campaign Plan and that inputs of the sectoral participants are vital in crafting the Peace and Development Agenda that shall be used as reference for the formulation of policy recommendations to address the gaps in governance.

Moreover, ARD Agnes A. De Leon, representing the DILG, sets the tone by discussing thoroughly the RCPD, with its objectives and goal setting, in relation to the pre-SONA Campaign Plan.

The activity was successfully implemented through efforts and collaboration of member-agencies of the SUCBEM Cluster led by DILG. Also present were NGA RDs, ARDs, and representatives – DA, DAR, BFAR, DSWD, NAPC, NCIP, DEPED, & CHED.

Along with attendees from the national government agencies, all sectoral representatives took an oath by reading the manifesto – expressing their full commitment to the shared advocacies towards peace and development. This commitment was sealed by a ceremonial tarpaulin signing.

In conclusion, DILG Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III, who also joined thru Zoom platform, gave his closing remarks quoting that – insurgency is not a sole responsibility of the government, rather a shared responsibility of the whole nation.

-LGOO V EDITHA S. CASTILLO and  DMO III ALDRIN D. NOLASCO

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DILGR1 conducts a Trainers' Training on Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (AVAWC)

The DILG Regional Office No. 1 conducts a Trainers' Training on Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (AVAWC) on May 11-13, 2021 via Zoom for Ilocos Norte LGUs and Ilocos Sur 1st District LGUs which is Component 1 of the Regional CapDev Initiative. The activity aims to provide a better understanding of the salient features of Republic Act No. 9262 or AVAWC Act of 2004, empower local functionaries and enable them to share substantial knowledge to others on how to respond accordingly to VAW cases.

Participants are the: 1.) City/Municipal Social Welfare Development Officer, 2.) City/Municipal Health Officers, 3.) PNP Representative, 4.) City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officer, and 5.) LnB President or other LGU functionaries that may be tapped as Trainers. The pool of Resource Persons is composed of authorities from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Component 2 of this Regional CapDev Initiative is the Barangay Roll-Out which will be conducted by the City/Municipal Trainers Trained in partnership with the Liga ng mga Barangay.

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ROCDBC conducts validation of drug cleared status of 312 Barangays

The Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing (ROCBDC) convened on May 19, 2021 at the Conference Hall, La Union Police Provincial Office, Camp Diego Silang, Carlatan, City of San Fernando, La Union for the presentation of updates and validation of Barangays with Drug Cleared Status. Also, PDEA Agency Memorandum Circulars were discussed for the information and guidance of the members.

A validation of 312 barangays with Drug Cleared Status was done through the issuance of a resolution by the Committee ( Ilocos Norte - 76, Ilocos Sur - 93, La Union - 77 and Pangasinan - 66).

The ROCBDC is chaired by PDEA Regional Director Bryan B. Babang with DILG, PNP, DOH and LGU representatives as members. LGOO VIII Reggie R. Colisao, CESO V represented DILG Region I in the said activity.

 

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The World Bank will be conducting the Philippines Economic Update June 2021: Navigating a Challenging Recovery Online Launch and Forum on 10 June 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, via Zoom. Said event will also be simultaneously livestreamed via the official World Bank Facebook page.

The Philippines Economic Update June 2021 Forum covers recent economic and policy development and growth outlook for the Philippines to include (i) presentation on the study on the fiscal performance of local government units (LGUs) and implications of the implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia petitions; and (ii) panel discussion on the opportunities, challenges, and policy options in the devolution transition.

 

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OATH-TAKING CEREMONY OF NEWLY HIRED AND PROMOTED DILG R1 EMPLOYEES

Regional Director James F. Fadrilan administered the Oath-Taking of the following newly hired and promoted employees today, May 3, 2021 held at the DILG Region 1 Conference Hall, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.

NEWLY HIRED EMPLOYEES
AdA IV:
1. Luzviminda Q. Prestoza
LGOO II:
1. Jaemee Erleen Espejo
2. Neil Jasper N. Rebuldela
3. Rizza Mae A. Rafael
4. Jan Robert O. Echavaria
5. Jamie Ann B. Gomez
6. Liana M. Lalata
7. Dennis Caesar R. Peralta
8. Julie Fe R. Vicente

NEWLY PROMOTED to LGOO II
1. Rodante G. Macanas
2. Princess Joy B. Duldulao
3. Jayson L. Ordinario
4. Archie F. Amon

In his message, RD Fadrilan expressed his utmost congratulatory to the employees as he urged them to fulfill their mandated tasks in the pursuit of being Matino, Mahusay, at Maaasahan.

Assistant Regional Director Agnes A. De Leon, FAD Chief Alicia C. Bang-oa and Provincial Directors Paulino Lalata Jr., Virgilio Sison, Roger Daquioag, Cluster Leader Mila Madriaga and Personnel Officer Mildred M. Malapit also joined and witnessed the ceremony.

CONGRATULATIONS and God bless you all on your DILG journey.

- Alethea A. Cedo
(Planning Officer III/IO Designate)

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