BALANGAYAN 2019 launched in the Province of Ilocos Norte
ILOCOS NORTE- The Media Briefing and Townhall Meeting, and CORE Convention Rally were successfully conducted on December 14-15, 2019 as part of the Balangayan 2019: The Constitutional Reform (CORE) Provincial Roadshow at the Palacio de Laoag and Centennial Arena respectively.
It was attended by various Barangay Officials, Local Officials and functionaries of different Local Government Units (LGUs), Academe, Civil Society Organizations, C/MLGOOs, Media and other institutions.
CORE Resource Speakers Prof. Eric de Torres (CFCR) from DILG- Central Office, LGOO VI Olivia Mae N. De Guzman and Atty. Patrick Estillore presented the four pillars of the campaign.
Balangayan 2019 is conducted to present to the people the proposed amendment to the constitution to elicit the support of the people. It also focuses on showcasing the government’s effort on uplifting the lives and welfare of the people by means of informing them about various government projects.
The activity was spearheaded by DILG RO1 headed by RD James F. Fadrilan, CESO III, PD Reggie R. Colisao, CESO V of DILG Ilocos Norte with the support of other National Government Agencies and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte.
by: PRINCESS ELIZA C. CARANAY
The Municipality of Pinili, Ilocos Norte through its Tourism Office and Sanggunian Kabataan (SK), launched the Stay-at-Home Challenge featuring activities such as recording videos through the Tiktok mobile app, House Tour/ Travel Vlog, Best Corner of the House Photo, Essay Writing, Poem Writing, and Story Writing, mainly to encourage their residents to stay-at-home thereby preventing the spread of COVID-19 while fighting boredom and promoting creativity.
The Stay-at-Home Challenges are open to Pinili residents only and videos/photos should Stay-at-Home Challenge LGU: Pinili, Ilocos Norte be taken inside the house as proof that they are doing those things safely in their own homes. Each entry per category must be uploaded to the LGU’s official Facebook page bearing the hashtag #PinilenoDisiplinado. Each winner per category with the most number of hearts wins and during its duration, numerous entries were received daily. Winners were given cellphone load and grocery items.
Banna-nihan sa ECQ: Empowering Civil Society Organizations
The Municipality of Banna, Ilocos Norte launched its intensive campaign dubbed as “Banna-nihan” in the implementation of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) which aims to tap the services of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the barangays to inform, warn and caution residents to strictly stay in their homes during the ECQ.
The different CSOs in the locality were tapped through an agreement in order to augment the lack of manpower and equipment of the LGU.
These CSOs include Guardians Brotherhood, Inc., Samahang Ilocano Fraternity, and Kabalikat Civicom who did not only act as force multipliers who oversees violators but also as couriers for residents who wanted to buy basic goods and commodities.
Due to the participation of these CSOs, the LGU can address other equally important needs of the community while ensuring that the guidelines of the ECQ are being implemented.
DILG- Ilocos Norte Conducts Outreach Activity at Brgy. Pasaleng, Pagudpud
“Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.”
As part of their Christmas Program, the DILG- Ilocos Norte personnel headed by Provincial Director Reggie R. Colisao held their first outreach activity on December 12, 2019 at the Municipality of Pagudpud in Barangay Pasaleng.
Barangay Pasaleng, as the beneficiary of the charity contributions, is flooded during heavy rainfall that some parts of the barangay became isolated. Among the chosen beneficiaries are indigent families gravely affected by the recent occurrences of typhoons and torrential downpours in the locality.
The activity started with a prayer and an inspirational message from PD Colisao. The DILG- Provincial Staff also prepared fun games actively participated by the beneficiaries and barangay officials. In his message, Punong Barangay Efren Tapia expressed his gratitude to the DILG personnel for choosing their barangay as recipient of the goods and for bringing joy to the beneficiaries this coming celebration of Christmas. The DILG personnel showed their love and affection through the distribution of Noche Buena packages and donation of used clothes. They also prepared snacks for all who attended the activity.
The joy and smiles on the faces of the beneficiaries during the activity inspired the DILG personnel to continue charitable acts for the community.
by: MELBA SUZAINE P. TARAMPI
First Balay Silangan In the Province of Ilocos Norte Inaugurated in Dingras
Dingras, Ilocos Norte – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Dingras, Ilocos Norte, under the leadership of Mayor Joefrey P. Saguid and Vice Mayor Erdio E. Valenzuela, spearheaded the inauguration ceremony of Ilocos Norte’s first Balay Silangan on December 17, 2019.
In accordance to Dangerous Drugs Board Regulation No. 2 series of 2018 entitled “Balay Silangan – Guidelines for Community Involvement in Reforming Drug Offenders into Self–Sufficient and Law Abiding Members of Society” the LGU of Dingras established their very own Balay Silangan. The Balay Silangan will serve as short-term sanctuaries for drug offenders with the goal of reforming them into self-sufficient and law-abiding constituents of Dingras, Ilocos Norte. The LGU already implemented various program to combat the proliferation of illegal drugs which includes the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP). Mayor Saguid expressed his sincere gratitude and acknowledged the support of different concerned stakeholders. The Mayor also recognized the invaluable assistance provided by the PDEA and DILG as Balay Silangan head implementer and secretariat respectively. He also emphasized that thru the dynamic interventions of MLGOO Sonny Arnold A. Pascual, barangays were able to comply with different barangay drug clearing requirements and also paved the way to the establishment of Balay Silangan which became as one of the LGU ’s milestones.
The Inauguration Ceremony of the Ilocos Norte’s first Balay Silangan was witnessed by PDEA Regional Director Bryan Babang, DILG Ilocos Norte Provincial Director Reggie R. Colisao and other representatives from different national agencies, provincial government, civil society organizations and faith-based institutions.
ANDREW M. UMALOS
La Union LGUs Ramp Up Vaccination Program at the Grassroots Level
The vaccination program in the Province of La Union is brought closer to the community through the implementation of house-to-house advocacy campaign and on-site vaccination campaign.
Due to the low turnout of vaccinated eligible population in rural communities, LGUs had to innovate and undertake aggressive vaccination drives. Equipped with advocacy materials, LGU health workers, community leaders and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) encouraged the residents, especially the eligible population, and helped them understand the need for immunization as a means to meet national herd immunity to protect their families and communities.
The house-to-house advocacy campaign enabled health workers to share accurate and adequate information about the COVID-19 vaccine among priority eligible groups. This allayed the fears caused by false news circulating in social media.
Dr. Eduardo Posadas, Provincial Health Officer, said they are providing augmentation to upland municipalities “hoping to vaccinate more residents in the remote barangays.” Focused Group Discussion (FGD) sessions were conducted and interested eligible individuals were inoculated on-site. Mobile vaccination teams were also deployed in Bacnotan, Bangar, Burgos, Santol and Tubao.
The City of San Fernando, and Municipalities of Bangar, San Juan, Sudipen provided free shuttle services among Senior Citizens and Adults with co-morbidities to identified vaccination sites increasing their access to the vaccination program.
Barangays in Balaoan and Caba used a “Bandillo” or speaker system to communicate to the people about the advantage of being vaccinated.
“LGUs in La Union are aiming to boost vaccine acceptance and confidence through the use of social and traditional media. Moreover, they see to it that remote communities are reached and informed of the COVID-19 vaccination program,” said DILG PD Virgilio P. Sison.
Even with these strategies, there are still those who are hesitant to get vaccinated and concerned about the adverse effects. Still, the Department, local government units and other national agencies continue to exert efforts to ensure the health and safety of the public.
PD Sison emphasized, “Vaccine is among the solutions to end the pandemic, but it is critical for everyone to still comply with minimum public health standards and be informed with correct information.”
-LGOO II Hedrich Calderon