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DILG R1 Inks Agreement with SLC on the Management Course for Local Officials and Functionaries of Region 1
 
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 and Saint Louis College (SLC) sealed their partnership with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed last July 28, 2021 during the Joint Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) 1 and Provincial Local Governance Resource Centers (PLGRCs) cum MOA Signing held virtually at DILG Regional Office 1, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.
 
DILG R1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D., CESO III and SLC College President Rev. Fr. Ramon R. Caluza, CICM signed the MOA solidifying their partnership in offering an Extension Program entitled “Management Course for Local Officials and Functionaries of Region 1” which aims to provide local government officials and employees, and DILG personnel of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union the time to upgrade and repackage their knowledge and skills to stay relevant and connected to the innovations in the field of local governance. The management course is aligned with the mandates of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 18, series of 2018 for the Local Government Units (LGUs) in their continuing professional development.
 
Also present during the virtual MOA signing are DILG Region 1 Assistant Regional Director/LGRRC Program Manager Agnes A. De Leon, CESO V, LGOO VIII/LGRRC Assistant Manager/Presiding Officer Reggie R. Colisao, CESO V, other LGRRC members, provincial LGRC members, and SLC Management.
 
The Extension Program which is to be held through hybrid modality (Zoom Video Conference and face-to-face set-up) contains academic courses designed for three (3) terms. A course will be offered every Saturday for eighteen (18) weeks for regular term and every Saturday and Sunday for six (6) weeks for short term. It is suggested that three (3) courses for each level of the program or the equivalent of nine (9) units be enrolled simultaneously. There are three (3) main courses for Level I and Level II of the management program except in Level III wherein four (4) main courses are offered.
 
The management program is credited as academic units leading to Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Enrollees who have satisfactorily completed the three (3) levels will be qualified to take the Comprehensive Examination. Enrollees who wish to complete the program have to undergo Thesis Writing with Proposal and Oral Defense. Enrollees who finish the program will be provided with diploma, transcript of records with Registry of Graduates (ROG) recognized by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED). Enrollees will also be awarded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates upon completion of each course in Level I, if applicable.
 
“SLC is privileged to sign the MOA with DILG Region 1 to provide and extend services to colleagues in LGU. SLC, since 60 years ago is always at the service of the local community, LGUs, and NGOs. The main objective of SLC since its inception is to provide quality education to all our stakeholders and at this juncture of our history, dear friends and colleagues, we are privileged to partner with you because more than ever, we need to upgrade and also to enhance our preparation as local leaders, so that local governance will also be upgraded and enhanced. This is a blessing from God. And a blessing for all of people in Region 1,” Rev. Fr. Caluza expressed.
 
RD Daquioag is in deep gratitude with SLC San Fernando for accepting the partnership with DILG Region 1. “This is one great milestone, our first engagement with an MSAC academe partner. We hope that this endeavor will engage not only local officials and functionaries, but also our public servants from other agencies in Region 1 and other regions as well. May this partnership also encourage other academes to adopt the best practices of SLC,” RD Daquioag said during her speech.
 
The management program will be facilitated both by the focal persons of DILG Region 1 and assigned faculty of the Graduate School of SLC.
 
The program will commence on August 2021 for School Year 2021-2022. Specifically, the time frame for Level I to III shall be as follows: Level I – August 21, 2021 to December 18, 2021; Level II – January 22, 2022 to May 28, 2022; and Level III – June 25, 2022 to July 30, 2022.
 
Interested students are encouraged to enroll the soonest since the admission to the management program shall be on a first come, first serve basis due to the limited slots. Interested students are advised to visit www.slc-sflu.edu.ph for more details. (LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro)

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DILG R1 conducted Refresher Course on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Work

DILG Region I conducted the first batch of the Refresher Course on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Work: Guide for Local Government and Contact Tracers on May 16, 2022.

The activity is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and that aims to provide updates on the  new policies and strategies of the government against COVID-19 to the Contact Tracers.

Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D, CESO III on her opening message that it is very important and crucial because we need to be always prepared due to the new variants of the SARSCov-2 and Contact Tracing is one of the effective strategies to stop the transmission.

The said activity is being attended by the CMLGOOs, DILG-DOLE-LGU-hired Contact Tracers, PNP and BFP Officers acting as Contact Tracers, Local Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (LESUs), Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERTS), and LGU volunteers of the Province of Ilocos Sur.

The activity will be in four (4) batches, Batch 2 will be Ilocos Sur scheduled on May 17, Batch 3 will be La Union on May 18, 2022 and the Batch 3 is Pangasinan on May 19, 2022.

By: LGOO IV Liza May A. Colisao

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LGRRC 1 conducts Library Management Orientation for DILG R1 Personnel

The Local Governance Regional Resource Center 1 (LGRRC) thru the Multimedia and Knowledge Facility in partnership with the St. Louis College (SLC), City of San Fernando, La Union conducted the Orientation on Library Management for DILG RO1 Personnel on April 21, 2022.

Resource Speakers were Ms. Ligaya N. Caranay, Mr. Michael John C. Batuang, and Mr. Kenneth Mare C. Gangey, Registered Librarians from the SLC. The topics discussed include the Library Objectives, Vision and Mission, Administration and Human Resources; Collection, Management and Organization, and Services; Information Technology-Based Services and Collaboration.

Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, in her message, extended her gratitude to the SLC management for such another meaningful engagement that will surely support the LGRRC’s knowledge management and sharing strategies. RD Daquioag added that there is a need to update the LGRRC 1 Library as well as skills of the members in order to catch-up with the current advancements. This will also enable the DILG R1 to efficiently and effectively deliver its services to its clients.

The orientation was attended by the LGRRC1 Team Members from the Regional and Provincial Offices.

Participants of the said activity are now equipped with the basic concepts in Library and Information Science and on how to manage information resources in print, non-print, electronic, and digital formats. Part of the discussions also enabled the participants to be aware on how to properly organize, conserve, and preserve information objects, documents, and other intellectual properties.

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DILG R1 conducts virtual info drive on responsible voting for youth

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region 1 (DILG-R1) conducted a virtual Information Drive on Responsible Voting of the Youth and the 2022 Elections for the members of the Sangguniang Kabataan and other youth organization in the region last April 18, 2022.

The voter’s education drive aims to help voters, particularly the youth, in deciphering which information to consider when selecting the candidates to be elected into public office.

The said drive is likewise seen to empower the youth with knowledge regarding significant factors that may affect their decision, and ensure their participation in deciding for the future of the country on the 2022 National and Local Elections.

The said virtual info drive was made possible in partnership with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) and National Youth Commission (NYC).

You can watch the replay on our the DILG-R1 Facebook page through https://www.facebook.com/dilgregion1/videos/726760615404724

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GENERAL ORIENTATION ON THE THIRD-PARTY MONITORING GUIDELINES of the Local Government Support Fund – Support to the Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP)

To ensure a successful conduct of inspection and validation of the 2021 Local Government Support Fund – Support to the Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) projects and programs, the DILG Program Management Offices (PMOs) of the Localization of Executive Order No. 70 (LEO 70) Program and the Support for the Local Governance Program (SLGP) held a virtual GENERAL ORIENTATION ON THE THIRD-PARTY MONITORING GUIDELINES to all DILG Regional Offices’ concerned representatives/focal persons from the PDMU, FAD, LGCDD, and SLGP via Zoom teleconferencing on March 25, 2022.

Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) is sought to conduct to ensure transparent, accountable, and responsive implementation of the SBDP. This will be carried out by an accredited non-government entity and provide independent perspective on project performance and shall augment existing monitoring capacities of the Department.

Deployment of TPM shall take place on July to December of this year covering all infrastructure and non-infrastructure LGSF- Support to the Barangay Development Program projects reported as completed and/or ongoing.

The LGSF-SBDP is the Government’s priority program to usher development and deliver basic services to conflict-affected barangays that lagged due to the terror caused by the CPP-NPA Terrorists. For 2021, 822 barangay beneficiaries that were cleared from the communist insurgency are provided with 20 million pesos each for their priority projects. For region 1, Barangay Baluarte, Salcedo and Barangay Nagbettedan of Santo Domingo in the Province of Ilocos Sur are among the identified barangay beneficiaries for FY 2021.

Aldrin Nolasco
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Asec Macario spearheaded CSBP in Region 1

Asec. Alexander L. Macario, the Assistant Secretary for Public Safety and Security spearheaded the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) Regional Working Group (RWG) Meeting on March 1, 2022 at Jorisan Waterfront Resort, Bauang, La Union.

The Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) provides different types of benefits and assistance, such as special financial assistance, scholarship, special welfare assistance, health and medical care assistance, shelter assistance and employment assistance to the families of soldiers Killed in Action and Wounded in Action (KIA/WIA).

The Regional Working Group (RWG) is composed of the following:  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Housing Authority (NHA), PhilHealth and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

PANOORIN: Ang inyong gabay upang makamit ang Safety Seal Cerification ng inyong ahensya o establisyimento

Alam niyo na ba kung ano ang Safety Seal? Tara at pag-usapan natin ito! Panoorin ang Infomercial patungkol sa Safety Seal, handog sa atin ng DILG Region 1 at LGRRC 1 na naghihikayat sa lahat ng establisyimento (pamahalaang lokal, pribadong establisyimento, ahensya ng gobyerno, at iba pa) na mag-apply at maging Safety Seal Certified!

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DILG R1 joins the S.A.F.E. NLE 2022 launching

February 17, 2022- The Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Office I (DILG RO I) represented by Assistant Regional Director Agnes A. de Leon, CESO V and LGMED Chief Rhodora G. Soriano joined the Philippine National Police Regional Office I (PNP PRO1), Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Regional Office I, religious leaders, and other concerned stakeholders in the Launching of Safe, Accurate, Free/Fair National and Local Elections (SAFE NLE) 2022 with the theme “Ako ang Simula ng Pagbabago” at the PRO1 Grandstand, Camp BGen Oscar M Florendo, Parian, City of San Fernando, La Union.

“Let us continue our collaborative efforts by doing our parts as government agencies, non-government organizations, and community leaders to ensure a violent-free, secure, and peaceful May 2022 elections” said ARD de Leon in her message. She added that “It is not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies.” ARD de Leon emphasized the important role of each and everyone to have a SAFE NLE.

The activity aimed to promote and enjoin concerned agencies and stakeholders for a safe, accurate, free and fair elections this coming May 9, 2022. PMGen Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr., the Director for Comptrollership of the PNP and at the same time the guest of honor and speaker, stressed that the PNP supports the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for a clean election this year.

Making the event more meaningful and symbolic, aside from the Interfaith Prayer for NLE 2022, there were lighting of the SAFE candles and pinning of SAFE 2022 pin, manifesto signing, benediction of religious leaders, and the releasing of white doves. 

The launching was participated by officials and personnel from the PNP, COMELEC, PCG, DILG, 702nd IB of PA, PPCRV, NAMFREL, and different religious organizations headed by Most Reverend Daniel Oca Presto, D.D., Bishop, Diocese of City of San Fernando, La Union; IMAM Zainal Macapundag, President Muslim Center, City of San Fernando, La Union; and Pastor Romeo B. Garcia, La Union Provincial President, Faith-based Advocacy Support Group. LGOO VII Rhodora G. Soriano

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DILG RO IS SAFETY SEAL RE-CERTIFIED

On February 15, 2022, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Office I (DILG RO I) is again awarded the Safety Seal for its sustained compliance to the requirements of the Safety Seal Certification Program (SSCP).

The assessment was conducted by the City Safety Seal Inspection and Certification Team composed of LGOO II Michael John F. Borja and AdA IV Roger Christian S. Macalino from DILG City Office, SFO2 Mar-Jeffrey J. Pascua from BFP-CSF, and PAT Menchie C. Dela Cruz from PNP-CSF. LGOO VI/HEA Marife M. Doculan assisted the team as they inspected the adherence of the Regional Office to the requirements of the SSCP.

The Safety Seal Certification is a voluntary certification scheme which affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or integrates its contact tracing with StaySafe.ph.

Katrina F. Florentin, QMS Officer

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RD Julie, an exemplar and inspiration to MMSU and DILG

Embodying the core values of integrity, commitment, responsiveness, and excellence in public service has made DILG R1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D., CESO III as one of the 2020 Distinguished Alumn   i of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).

RD Julie received the award during the MMSU’s Pammigbig ken Pammadayaw Year III virtual ceremony on February 15, 2022 as part of the MMSU’s 44th Foundation Anniversary. She was awarded along with the other eight (8) distinguished alumni who have brought great distinction to the University through their significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored its legacy of excellence.

RD Julie, who finished her doctorate degree in MMSU in 2001 is truly a living exemplar for demonstrating exceptional leadership as she led the dynamic DILG Regional Office 1 and 3 towards promoting excellence in local governance and enhancing service delivery for local government units to become transparent, socially-protective and resilient LGUs.

With her “get it first, get it fast, and get it right” mantra that she incessantly emphasizes to her fellow Matitino, Mahuhusay, and Maaasahang DILG personnel and her strength of spirit, manifested through her focused efforts to implement the programs, projects, and activities of the DILG has led to the attainment of unparalleled success for the organization.

The Alumni Award System is designed to recognize and celebrate the ideals of the University which are continually kept alive by those who have gone through the portals of the University. MMSU commits itself to the active promotion of this award in the hope that these outstanding Stallions may become living exemplars of the objectives of the University which will serve as inspiration to future alumni.

The nine (9) MMSU alumni awardees were subjected to the following general criteria: 50% excellence (demonstrating excellence in the degree pursued/chosen career; presents notable accomplishments and exemplary performance that has substantial impact in the lives of people; exhibits creative and innovative works; presents awards and commendations received); 20% Integrity (epitomizes moral uprightness; upholds dignity and prestige of the Alma Mater; maintains beneficial mutual relationship with Alma Mater; and strengthens the bond of brotherhood and goodwill among Alumni); and lastly, 30% Service (contributes to the attainment of the Vision and Mission of the Alma Mater; and works for the welfare of humanity). 

Congratulations RD Julie! Truly, a living exemplar and inspiration to MMSU and DILG!

--LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro

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