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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

 

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Stay-at-Home Challenge

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.

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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.

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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 

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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

                                                                                               Contributor

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City of San Fernando opens Permanent BOSS to Business Sector

The City Government of San Fernando, La Union unveiled their permanent Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) on March 29, 2021 located beside the City Hall where applications for permits and licenses will be received and processed.

DILG La Union Provincial Director Virgilio P. Sison graced the unveiling of CSF Permanent BOSS with CLGOO Lily Ann O. Colisao, and DTI La Union Provincial Director Merlie D. Membrere.  Also present during the unveiling are Fire Chief Inspector Ferdinand Formacion, Landbank Manager Adeline Ramos, and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of La Union president Lina Flor Hizon. Acting Vice-Mayor Maria Rosario Eufrosina “Chary” P. Nisce led the City in this momentous event.

The first phase of (permanent BOSS) building construction was funded through the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) received in 2018. The PCF is an incentive fund granted to Local Government Units that were conferred with the much-coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by the DILG.

“Although the building was partly funded by the Performance Challenge Fund granted by the DILG, this is a product of the City’s exemplary performance,” emphasized PD Virgilio Sison. 

Increasing competitiveness and the ease of doing business is one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 10-point socio-economic agenda. In 2018, the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery (EODB-EGSD) Act or Republic Act No. 11032, was signed into law seeking to make the process of putting up and running in the Philippines easier and more efficient. The DILG, ARTA, DTI and DICT then issued policies to aid the implementation of the said act.

For the past years, the City had set up a temporary BOSS in the city hall to cater applicants for business permitting and licensing especially during the months of January to March.

With the new permanent BOSS, more business applications will be accommodated year-round. Aside from the foreseen increase in the LGU’s revenues, the establishment of PBOSS shows the City’s commitment to people-centered, clean, efficient and effective governance.

 “This achievement is a concerted effort, and we dedicate this building to the business sector,” Nisce said.

She added that the building provides health relief among the employees of the city hall and clients for it will decongest the traffic inside the main building, thus decreasing the risk of exposure to health hazards.

During the event, the City also inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Landbank of the Philippines to facilitate online payments, and with the Bureau of Fire Protection to assign the city as a collecting agent of Fire Safety Inspection Fees.

All these improvements aim to shorten the processing time of application, lessen the burden among business owners and curb red tape in government processes.

-LGOO II Hedrich Calderon

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