METAMORPHOSIS: HRM TRANSFORMATION OF DILG R1 TO EXCELLENCE
“We are so excited for this event, and we are very glad that finally we are now a PRIME-HRM Bronze Awardee.”
Those were the opening words of Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) Director James F. Fadrilan, CESO III during the Awarding Ceremony for the Conferment of PRIME-HRM Bronze Award to the DILG R1 at City of San Fernando La Union last March 22, 2021.
He also emphasized the role of the PRIME-HRM team in DILG R1 for the achievement of this new milestone for the Department.
“Our DILG PRIME-HRM Team is credible, accountable, highly visible, competent, committed, and spiritually endowed team that moves towards enhancing the image of public service and creating a significant difference in the lives of the people we are serving. This awarding ceremony is a testament of our vision.”
The DILG R1 PRIME-HRM Journey
“The journey of DILG R1 towards PRIME-HRM Level II has gone through almost the same process with that of a metamorphosis of a butterfly… the transformation was gracefully undertaken,” said CSC Region 1 Chief Human Resource Specialist Marina G. Cabañero during her sharing.
She added that just like a butterfly in its cocoon, the DILG R1 never became impatient nor have they attempted to shortcut the process. Instead, they were able to embrace or understand that step-by-step they would eventually get there, and like in a cocoon, wherein most of the HRM systems and practices are in a resting stage, the DILG R1, in its proper time has become a butterfly ready to emerge.
Meanwhile, DILG R1 Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) Chief Alicia C. Bang-oa, emphasized that the journey was overwhelming and intimidating because of the many requirements that needed to be accomplished and documented.
“It was not all smiles, it was sometimes not encouraging, and oftentimes frustrating. But having always motivated by the fact that ALL THINGS ARE DIFFICULT THE FIRST TIME and NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR A DREAMER…we slowly and gradually and successfully made things possible,” she said.
Conferment of the Award
The highlight of the event was the conferment of the PRIME-HRM Bronze Award. The Bronze Award signifies that based on the assessment of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) the Department has met the PRIME-HRM Maturity Level II indicators on the various human resource processes, practices, and competencies.
In his response, RD Fadrilan have shared how glad he is for this achievement and how grateful he is for the help that was extended by the CSC R1. He also thanked all the dedicated men and women of DILG R1 who have contributed and remained committed in accomplishing all the tasks. He even assured the CSC that DILG R1 will remain committed in implementing the PRIME-HRM to maintain meritocracy and excellence in public service to make the public happy, satisfied, and delighted.
“Ngayon ko lang nalaman na all of our effort started in 2018. That was one year after I took the helm of leading Region 1, and true enough one year after, Miles told me that we will now start PRIME-HRM. This will be one of the few legacies that I will leave Region 1 before I finally bow out of service.” he added.
He then ended his speech by posing a challenge to the officials of Region 1 to achieve the next maturity level of PRIME-HRM. “Achieve the Silver Award or the Level III of PRIME-HRM by. Do not forget our motivation of consistently doing our best to be counted as one of the top performing regions of the Department”, he said.
On the other hand, CSC Regional Director Hedy Jose R. Lardizabal shared how happy he is for DILG R1 and commended the efforts of each and every personnel of the Department.
“To RD James and ARD Agnes together with the magigiting na provincial directors and division chiefs and to the rest who really shared their talents, efforts, and everything in order to achieve this feat, saludo po kami sa inyo. Talagang matino, mahusay, at maaasahan na serbisyo. Indeed, this is your moment,” he said.
“Everyone, even us, we were not excused from the experience of being overwhelmed by the many things that we need to go through, but at the end of the day we will be able to realize, that all of these are part of the continual improvement of our services… also, our journey doesn’t end here, rather it has proven that we can do things as long as we unite our efforts… This awarding ceremony is now the manifestation of the coordinated, collaborative, and well-defined joining of our minds and hearts. Let us not forget that this is not just for us but for the whole public service instead,” he added.
He then finished his message by saying that the CSC R1 shares in the collective recognition that every national government agency (NGA) and local government unit (LGU) in the region receives. For whenever these NGAs and LGUs give their best, the CSC R1 also reap the best.
The ceremony was formally closed by DILG R1 Officer-In-Charge Assistant Regional Director
Agnes A. De Leon, CESO V.
“Walang hanggang pasasalamat sa CSC and siyempre sa ating Regional Director sa guidance sa aming pinagdaanan at mga ginawa, sa ating mga Provincial Director na kasamang nagreview sa mga ginawa ng ating mga TWG, at sa ating mga Division Chief na kasama rin namin headed by the FAD Chief Engr. Alicia C. Bang-oa as the lead dahil nasa kanila ang bulk ng work to make DILG R1 PRIMED… Walang mahirap dahil sama-sama tayong lahat,” she said.
“I hope we can live up to the brand of our Department which is to remain Matino, Mahusay, at Maasahang kawani,” she added.
The event was attended by the DILG R1 officers and employees headed by RD James F. Fadrilan,
CESO III; graced by CSC R1 guests and representatives headed by RD Hedy Jose R. Lardizabal; and was witnessed by provincial and field officers through online platforms.
(LGOO II Bernard Victor S. Ringor and AO V Mildred M. Malapit)
PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES ON RISK-BASED INTERNAL AUDIT FOR PLGUs
The Project Development and Management Unit (PDMU) of DILG RO1 hosted a 4-day virtual training entitled, PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES ON RISK-BASED INTERNAL AUDIT FOR PLGUs. Under a partnership between the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) that aims to partly address the poor state of provincial roads across the country and to improve the capacity of provinces in local road management and incorporating reforms and financial management, The Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) was created. It also aims to enhance the Provincial Government’s competency in Local Road Management (LRM) systems and processes, incorporating governance reforms in Public Financial Management (PFM). One of the Key Reform Areas under PFM embedded in the Provincial Governance Reform Roadmap is on internal audit systems and practices. This intention is for LGUs to recognize the internal audit function in improving their operation and strengthening their institution. The objective of this activity is for the Provincial participants to have a deeper appreciation of the goals and objectives of the Principles and Procedures on Risk-Based Internal Audit that will provide them a more profound commitment to its development and implementation. Also, to introduce LGUs to risk-based approach to redefine and refocus audit activities.
The activity was opened by a welcome remark by DILG RO1 Regional Director, James F. Fadrilan. The CMGP Secretariat discussed the objectives and activities to be undertaken for the training and the methodologies to be used in presentations and open forum. Mr. Louie F. Ocampo discussed the overview of Principles and Procedures on Risk-Based Internal Audit, its objectives and importance, and the Roles of Local Road Management Team. Afterwards, a workshop was conducted and each province presented their output on Internal Audit Strategic Planning, Risk-Based Annual Audit Planning, and Individual Engagement Issues and Practices. Mr. Ocampo used a rubrics to gauge outputs at the end of all presentations. After which, critiques/ revisions were discussed by Mr. Louie F. Ocampo who also gave each province enough time to revise their work depending on the comments given. Each province submitted a corrected copy at the end of the session. Before concluding the virtual training, participants were given their certificate of attendance for being part of the training and PDMU Staffs ended the activity with a closing program. (IO II Dann Ariel S. Genese)
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
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.
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.
Watch the Philippines Economic Update June 2021: Navigating a Challenging Recovery Online Launch and Forum
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.