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.




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.


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.



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


DILG R1 Completes ARTA-RCS


City of San Fernando, La Union  The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 has completed the conduct of the Anti – Red Tape Act Report Card Survey (ARTA – RCS) in the 129 local government units of the region.  The RCS, as stated in Section 10 of Republic Act 9485 or the ARTA Law of 2007, “will be used to obtain feedback on how the provisions of the Citizens Charter are being followed and how the agency is performing”.

 “In 2009, all the Provinces, Cities and Municipalities of the region prepared their respective Citizen’s Charter.  This is the document where the frontline services of these Local Government Units (LGUs) are presented and where the steps, requirements, fees, persons responsible and specific time allotments for every step are indicated,” shared by Director Corazon P. Guray of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1.  She added that “after five years of the passage of the Law and three years of completion of the Citizen’s Charter, we are now assessing the performance of the LGUs based on the document and based on the perception of their clients.”

 The DILG field officers teamed up in threes or fours and utilized the interview questionnaire designed for RCS approved by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) in their target LGUs.  They administered the questionnaire to 30 individuals who availed of the Local Civil Registrar and Rural Health Unit frontline services.  The data gathered are entered into the system developed by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) from which 80% of the total rating of the LGU is derived.  Aside from the interview questionnaire, the DILG field officers also utilized the inspection checklist relative to the physical working condition within the LGU and other ARTA requirements.  The checklist result, covering 20%, will complete the LGU rating.

“If an LGU garners a total rating of 90 – 100, it will have an “Excellent” descriptive rating in its Report Card.  If the rating is 80 – 89, the descriptive rating is Good, 70 – 79 is Acceptable, and 0 -69 is Failed,” Dir. Guray informed.  “Our Regional Validating Teams of the Seal of Goof Housekeeping (SGH) are going around the Region visiting and confirming the ARTA – RCS Ratings of LGUs which were rated Good and Excellent,” she added.

Aside from evaluating the LGUs performance in relation to the implementation of their Citizen’s Charter, the RCS, also stated in the Law, is also used to obtain information on hidden costs incurred by clients in accessing frontline services.  It also includes the assessment on the compliance on the “No Lunch Break” Policy and the “Anti – Fixer” Campaign.

The ARTA – RCS is one of the additional criteria for the Scaled – up SGH Silver Level and is implemented by the Department in partnership with CSC.  The LGUs will receive their Report Cards, together with the Report of Findings, before the year ends.


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