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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

R1 leagues, CSOs pledge support for MASA MASID

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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)

 

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