DILG Joins PGIN in Preparation for the Bi-Centennial Celebration

The Province of Ilocos Norte will be celebrating its 200th Founding Anniversary on February 2, 2018. In observance of the bicentennial celebration, various activities are set to be staged.

The initial meeting was conducted last January 12, 2018 wherein Mr. Ianree B. Raquel, Supervising Tourism Operations Officer discussed the different activities to be conducted starting on January 26, 2018, 4:30 PM with the Tan-ok ni Ilocano Bicentennial Walk and Dance Parade to be participated by the LGU’s, NGA, academe, business owners/employees, NGO’s, Provincial Offices and private sector. A literary contest will also be held on January 27, 2018 at the Robinsons Place Ilocos. The main event of the Bicentennial Celebration is the Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival Bicentennial Edition on February 2, 2018 at the Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium wherein a competition among the different dance troops from the cities and municipalities of the Province. Finally, the Open Capitol and “I love Ilocos Norte” concert will be held on February 15 and 16, 2018 respectively.

The DILG Ilocos Norte Team under the able leadership of Provincial Director Reggie R. Colisao, CESO V will actively participate in all activities aforementioned. (LGOO II VINA ROSE L. BATTULAYAN)

Enhanced Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment (ERSSA) for the DILG Completed Projects Conducted

Enhanced Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment (ERSSA) is the enhanced version of the Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment (RSSA) which was conducted in the earlier part of 2017. It aims to assess the projects that were completed from January to December 2016. The assessment will be one of the bases for future projects considering the implementation quality, timeliness, and sustainability. It also aims to provide interventions for those projects that are not functional due to valid reasons and provide feedbacks on whether the projects were beneficial to the recipients.

Personnel from the DILG-Ilocos Norte particularly the Special Projects Monitoring and Development Team (SPDMT) conducted the ERSSA to the concerned Local Government Units (LGUs) of Ilocos Norte which started on December 12, 2017 and finished on January 12, 2018. Said personnel went on site visit and interfaced with the beneficiaries first hand to assess the situation on the ground. Most of the beneficiaries responded positively and considered the projects very beneficial to their everyday living specially the potable water supply projects of the Department. They were very thankful for such projects given to them. Some respondents requested for additional funding for the expansion and upgrading of these projects due to the increasing demand brought about by the rapid increase of population in their area.

Based on the result of the assessment, there is a need for additional funding for expansion and upgrading for some of the projects. There are areas of the locality that were not yet reaches by the services given by these projects, thus it is necessary for such expansion and upgrading. The result of the assessment will be forwarded to the DILG-Central Office thru the Office of the Project Development Services (OPDS) for review and evaluation for possible funding augmentation for these projects implemented under the Department. (LGOO II Arnel L. Antonio)

Ilocos Norte CBRP Provincial Core Group visits the Therapeutic Community of Laoag City Jail


In response to the concern of Gov. Imee R. Marcos at the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) 1st Quarter 2017 meeting regarding the dilemma of LGUs on how to rehabilitate the drug surrenderers, the Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Office 1 (DILG RO1) conducted an Orientation Workshop on Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) for the Provincial Core Groups on May 2-4, 2017.

To formulate a standard module on CBRP, the Ilocos Norte Provincial Core Group composed of representatives from: the DILG; Philippine National Police (PNP); Provincial Health Office (PHO); Provincial Social and Welfare Development Office (PSWDO); and Faith Based Organization, visited the Laoag City Jail overseen by City Jail Warden J/CINSP Herminigildo B. Rivera on May 10, 2017.

Their aim was to observe their best practices on the rehabilitation of inmates. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) exercises a therapeutic approach aimed towards the preparation of inmates in their reintegration to the community.

The group was able to recognize the effectiveness of therapeutic community as manifested by the observed positive behaviour of the inmates during one of their activities.

CBRP is a holistic approach in rehabilitating the surrendered drug personalities with the focus on the healing of the body and soul.

Ilocos Norte gears up for SGLG 2017


Pasuquin Conducts RA 9184 Training



Governor Imee R. Marcos is new RPOC Chair

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Governor Imee R. Marcos of Ilocos Norte has been appointed as the new Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Chair by DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno, approved by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last December 14, 2016. Also, the Regional Director of the Police Regional Office 1 was appointed as the RPOC Vice-Chair.

The appointment of Governor Marcos is pursuant to Executive Order No. 773, issued on January 05, 2009 which further reorganizes the Peace and Order Council.

The RPOC is composed of the region's Provincial Governors, Mayors of the Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCs), Presidents of the League of Municipalities, heads of the regional offices of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Presidential Management Staff (PMS), Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine Army (AFP-PA) Infantry Division, Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Bureau of Immigration, one representative of the Mayors of the component cities to be chosen from among themselves, and three representatives from the private sector. The DILG Regional Director serves as the RPOC Head Secretariat.

RPOC is mandated to hold meeting in a quarterly basis to discuss, among others, major issues and problems affecting peace and order, including insurgency in the region.
(LGOO V Benedicta M. Barnachea)


KP training conducted in Sarrat, IN

The Lupong Tagapamayapa of the Municipality of Sarrat, Ilocos Norte underwent an Enhancement Skills Training on Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) at the Tourism Center on February 20-21 and 23-24, 2017.

There were 96 participants to the activity composed of Lupon Chairmen, Secretaries and Members from the 24 barangays. Among the topics discussed were Organizational and Jurisdictional Aspect of KP, Settlement Procedures and Cases, KP Forms and Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA).

One of the highlights of the activity was the visit to the LTIA National Champion which is Barangay 1, San Lorenzo, Laoag City. The Lupon Chairman, Punong Barangay Darwin Domingo shared their journey to the National LTIA. He emphasized the proper documentation, observance of settlement procedures and the need to make innovations in the implementation of the KP. He encouraged the Lupon to exert extra effort in settling cases amicably.

The KP Law aims to promote the speedy administration of justice, decongest court dockets and recognize the tradition of amicably settling disputes at the community level.
The activity was a collaboration of the DILG, Liga ng mga Barangay and the Municipality of Sarrat.
(LGOO V Charis O. Garma)


Brgy. 1 San Lorenzo, Laoag City wins National Award for Outstanding Lupon

Barangay 1 San Lorenzo, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte wins the National Award for the 2015 Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in Component Cities during the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA) Awarding Ceremony last October 27, 2016 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Pasay City.

“I am grateful for the fact that, finally, Barangay 1 San Lorenzo, Laoag City wins the award. The Regional Awards Committee has been nominating the barangay for eight (8)years now and at last, the barangay was able to reap the fruit of their labors”, RD Daquioag said. Barangay 1 San Lorenzo received a trophy and a cash prize of Php 300,000.00. The Lupong Tagapamayapa of the barangay won the award for its: 1) efficiency in operations, 2) effectiveness in securing the objectives of the Katarungang Pambarangay Program, and 3)
creativity and resourcefulness of the Lupong Tagapamayapa.

The barangay is one of the three barangays whose lupons were nominated for the 2015 National Award. The other barangays were Brgy. Ortiz, Naguilian, La Union (1st - 3rd Class
Municipality Category and Brgy. Tavora Proper, Pugo, La Union (4th-5th Class Municipality Category). The LTIA was established pursuant to Executive Order No. 394 of 1997 in recognition of the Lupong Tagapamayapa’s contribution in the promotion of Katarungang Pambarangay objectives. It grants economic benefits and incentives to Lupong Tagapamayapa that demonstrates exemplary performance in settling disputes at the grassroots level. The award has four (4) categories: Highly Urbanized Cities, Component and Independent Component Cities, 1st-3rd Class Municipalities and 4th-6th Class Municipalities.

(LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales with reports from LGCDD)

 Dumalneg bags Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipality


The Municipality of Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte bagged the 2015 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipality under the 4th-6th Income Class Category.

No other than President Rodrigo R. Duterte conferred the award to the Municipal Government, represented by its Local Chief Executive, Mayor Lairvee G. Espiritu, during the Awarding Ceremony at the Malacañang Palace last September 26, 2016. Dumalneg is one of the local government units (LGUs) conferred with the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance (SCFLG).
It is an indigenous town in the Province of Ilocos Norte known for its comprehensive and inclusive services to ensure holistic development of children. Its innovative services include the
Tawid: Transfer of Culture Program that fosters continuity of tribal customs and traditions; Panagitugit / Panagmula which is a tree planting activity participated by students and pupils
during Watershed Day; Sagot, a cash award given to deserving students during graduation day; and the Umnanga Timbang which aims to combat malnutrition in the locality.

The Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities was institutionalized in 1999 through Executive Order No. 184 and initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC).

It seeks to gauge the level of child-friendliness of LGUs and recognize LGUs that put a premium on child-friendly governance initiatives. The five categories of the Presidential Award are: 1st- 3rd Class Municipality, 4th- 6th Class Municipality, Component City, Independent Component City and Highly Urbanized City.

In coming up with the National Awardees, the CWC shortlists and validates conferees of the SCFLG. The other SCFLG-awardee which was shortlisted by the CWC for the Presidential Award was Dagupan City for Independent Component City. Dumalneg received a trophy and a cash award of Php500,000.00 while Dagupan City received a plaque of recognition and a cash award of Php50,000.00.

(LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales with reports from LGMED)

Paoay, Ilocos Norte undergoes LIIC training


In line with the Department’s mandate of enabling local government units (LGUs) to become business-friendly and competitive, the Municipality of Paoay, Ilocos Norte attended the Training on the Formulation of Local Investments and Incentives Code (LIIC) on July 26-28, 2016 at La Breza Hotel, Manila. The training was spearheaded by the Local Government Academy (LGA) through the Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED) Program.


The three-day capacity building program provided an opportunity for the LGU to draw LGU policies on investments, on prioritized sector in order to accelerate economic growth, provide employment opportunities, increase revenues and reduce poverty that will ultimately improve the quality of life of the people in a more proactive way.


The training adopted the “learning by doing” approach, wherein LGUs drafted their LIIC through the assistance of technical consultants. The drafted LIIC will then be presented by the LGU team participants to their respective Sanggunian for approval.


A pool of experts on local financial administration and management served as resource speakers and technical consultants during the training, namely: Lito Pardo, Maloy Malvar, Amado Jimenez, and Jun Sayson.


Only selected LGUs were invited by the LGA to participate in the training. Aside from Paoay, ten other LGUs across the nation attended, namely: Bacnotan, La Union; Sagada, Mountain Province; Tuba, Benguet; Balbalan, Kalinga; Basco, Batanes; Noveleta, Cavite; San Luis, Batangas; San Jose, Batangas; Balayan, Batangas; and San Nicolas, Batangas.


Participants of the training were composed of Mayors, Sangguniang Bayan Members, Planning and Development Coordinators, Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officers (LEIPO), Tourism Officers, Agricultural Officers, and the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOO).


The LIIC is an enabling policy that articulates the local government investment policies and programs, Investments Priority Areas (IPAs), local incentives (fiscal or non-fiscal) available to domestic and foreign investors and the mechanics for availing them. It also serves as an instrument for attracting, retaining, expanding, and diversifying investments for the economic development of the LGUs.

SPO4 Juan is PNP Model Family in R1

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“To be nominated in the Search for PNP Model Families is already an honor for the uniformed police officers who risk their lives to protect and serve the community.” Regional Director Evangeline R. Almirante of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) emphasized this during the on-site validation conducted by the Regional Search Committee (RSC). She commended the nominees for uplifting the image of police officers as family person and partner in community development.

The Search highlights family values, work ethics, and involvement in activities that promote positive changes in the community. It advocates the capability of police officers as partners in maintaining peace and order towards a more progressive socioeconomic system. It is open to all uniformed members of the PNP with legitimate or legally adopted child/children, legally married and living together with his/her spouse for at least five (5) years, and has been in the police service for at least five (5) years at the time of the Search.

After much deliberation, SPO4 Dennis A. Juan and his family stood out as the PNP Model Family of Region 1 having ranked first among six (6) nominees. The other nominees were: SPO4 Erlinda Gagaoin of La Union; PO3 Ador Puntalba and SPO2 Emma Ruth Apostol of Pangasinan; SPO4 Myrna Almadrigo and SPO4 Cesar Ramos of Ilocos Norte.

SPO4 Juan is currently assigned at Ilocos Norte PNP Provincial Office (INPPO) and is regarded by his colleagues as a soft-spoken and generous person. His family exhibited the characteristics befitting a model family. One of their advantages is the community outreach program they initiated as a family which has been sustained for 17 years. Their three (3) children would save money from their allowances to be used in buying school supplies for a group of pupils in their area. They aim to do this until the selected pupils graduate from 6th Grade. Their children also stated that when they finish school, they will continue what their parents have started.

Each nominated family were rated based on: how the parents share their responsibilities in raising their children; how they show their respect for one another in the family; how they uphold moral principles; and how they are able to bring about better change in their community.

Members of the RSC interviewed the nominees and their family, their superiors and co-workers, neighbors, pastors/ priests and local officials to assess which family will be nominated at the national level to vie for the title PNP Model Family.

The RSC is chaired by Ms. Geraldine Ortega of La Union Vibrant Women, Inc., with members composed of representatives from the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and St. John Bosco College of Northern Luzon.

Members of the committee conducted the on-site validation on May 8, 2017 for La Union; May 10-11, 2017 for Ilocos Norte; and May 15-16, 2017 for Pangasinan.

All the Regional nominees will be awarded in the culmination of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) this coming’ September 2017.

- Nicolette May O. Amon

R1 leagues, CSOs pledge support for MASA MASID


The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB), National Government Agencies (NGAs) and a number of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Region 1 expressed their support to the implementation of the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA MASID) during the program’s Regional Launch last October 25, 2016 at the DILG Regional Office 1, City of San Fernando, La Union.

“I do believe that this (MASA MASID) will save everybody for a better Philippines,” said Mayor Erdio Valenzuela, LMP Ilocos Norte Chapter President. Representatives from the four provincial
governments attended the activity along with representatives from the four provincial chapters of the LMP, LnB, CSOs and faith-based organizations operating in the region.

In her message, Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag emphasized the need for every sector of the society to actively participate in the program. “All of us have roles in this program because peace and order is everybody’s business,” she said. Partners from the different national government agencies like the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) also attended the MASA MASID regional launch.

Officials and employees present were stunned as PSSUPT Jose Briones of the PNP presented the statistics on drug users, drug pushers and surrenderers. “Ang mga ito ang pumipigil sa atin tungo sa magandang buhay. Noon, hindi natin nakikita ang problema. Ngayon, we are face to face with the problem,” LMP Pangasinan Chapter President Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr. said, responding to the volume of R1 leagues, CSOs pledge support for MASA MASID surrenderers and arrests in the region for the last four months.

The Local Chief Executive expressed his thankfulness to the President for paving the way for programs such as MASA MASID. “Magpasalamat tayo sa ating Pangulo dahil nakita niya
ang paraan para tayo ay sumulong sa magandang buhay. Nagpapasalamat ako sa ating Pangulo dahil nakikita natin ang problema,” he said.

Mayor Alarcio also urged the body to respond to the call of the program. “Tayong mamamayan ang sisisihin kung di natin masolusyunan ang problema kasi kitang-kita na natin
kapitbahay mo, kamag-anak mo, magulang mo, anak mo, kaibigan mo. In short, mas madali na dapat para sa atin ang resulbahin ang problema. Hikayatin natin ang ating mga mamamayan. Sana hindi na natin pakakawalan itong oportunidad na ito.”

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, representing Gov. Amado Espino, III, also expressed the provincial government’s support for the program. “Ang amin pong commitment ay hindi lamang po kay Secretary (Sueno), hindi lamang po sa PDEA at hindi lamang po sa Presidente. Kundi we are committing to this mandate dahil gusto po namin ng magandang
kinabukasan para sa lahat po ng aming constituents,” he said.

Also present during the activity were representatives from faith-based organizations who showed eagerness to support the program. “Wala pong iwanan dito. Lahat po kami ay susuporta sa
MASA MASID. Hindi lang po kami sasama. Mag-iingay po kami. Sabi nga po ni Secretary (Sueno), lahat ng tao ay mag-ingay o makialam. Ito po ang pag- asa natin,” said Rev. Joven B. Legaspi of the Yeshua Change Agent. The MASA MASID is a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption and anti-illegal drugs program which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to
intensify the spirit of volunteerism at the community level. It aims to heighten community involvement by mobilizing the support of local stakeholders, volunteers, civic organizations, faith-based organizations and the private sectors in the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption. (LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales with reports from LGMED)


‘Three in a row!’ DILG R1 is PBB 2015 Best Office

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region     (DILG R1) was again ranked as Best Office in the recently concluded rating and ranking of DILG Delivery Units for the grant of the FY 2015 Performance Based Bonus (PBB).


Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag made the announcement to key personnel of the DILG R1 today, August 17, 2016.


“My congratulations to everyone. We just received a letter from the Central Office informing us that Region 1 was again ranked as Best Office for PBB 2015”, RD Daquioag said.


The DILG R1 was also ranked as Best Office last 2013 and 2014. RD Daquioag said that being ranked as Best Office for the third time shows consistency in performance.


“What is so special about it is that this is our third time to be rated as Best Office. This means that we have been very consistent with our performance”, RD Daquioag joyfully told members of the Regional Management Team.

DILG R1 holds basic orientation for LCEs

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) held a basic orientation for 80 re- elected and 10 newly- minted Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of the Region last August 30- September 1, 2016.

The Basic Orientation is Part I of the second component of the Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Program of the Department which will introduce the NEOs to the organizational, political, and constitutional environment of public service at the local government level.

The Basic Orientation was originally intended for re-elected LCEs. Newly- minted LCEs who were unable to attend the Basic Orientation conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) last June were invited to ensure that all LCEs of the region are guided on their first crucial days.  

Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements during his State of the Nation Address (SONA), the Basic Orientation aims to discuss the issues and challenges of decentralization and explain features of Federalism as critical next step for decentralization.

Through the orientation, NEOs had opportunities to dialogue with key agencies on disaster risk reduction and management and peace and order with key emphasis on the National Government’s Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, Role of Local Governments in Disaster Management, Utilization of Project Noah, Lambat Sibat Program of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and Enhancing Institutional Relationships between the PNP and local government units (LGUs) through Deputization of Local Police with the National Police Commission.

Former and incumbent LCEs were also invited to share their vast experiences on Crisis Management, Local Economic Development, Fiscal Management and Leadership and Management to the NEOs. The LCE- sharers were Mayor Belen T. Fernandez of Dagupan City; Former Mayor Eddie G. Guillen of Piddig, Ilocos Norte; Mayor Alfredo P. Valdez, Jr. of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte and Former Mayor Edgardo S. Cobangbang of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.

A discussion on Strategic Management, highlighting the ASEAN Economic Integration and President Duterte’s SONA which will serve as input to the LCEs formulation of their respective Development Commitment: Executive- Legislative Agenda capped the basic orientation.

The NEO Program is a continuing program of the DILG implemented through the LGA and the Regional Offices. It aims to build strategic leaders out of newly- elected officials who would lead their governments in becoming competitive, efficient and responsive institutions for development. 

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