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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

SILG Sarmiento bids farewell to DILG R1 family

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“It is hard to leave an organization which you have learned to love”.

These were the words of Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Mel Senen S. Sarmiento as he bade farewell to his Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) family in an exit call attended by key personnel of the DILG R1, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) last June 2, 2016 at the Conference Room of the San Fernando City, La Union Airport.

The SILG requested the Exit Call to personally thank his DILG R1 family for the support they have given him. He acknowledged the dedication he witnessed from the DILG personnel and said that he is thankful for the opportunity given to him to serve as SILG even for such a short time.

“Maswerte ako na DILG ang napuntahan ko kasi dito ko nakita ang mga committed public servants”, he said.

The SILG expressed his hopes that the programs and projects being implemented by the Department will be carried out by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He cited, among others, the implementation of the Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan at Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) and the Bottom- Up Budgeting (BuB) programs.

He also hopes that the incoming administration will continue projects which have been started or proposed for the coming years. These include review and completion of the Roadmaps for the BJMP and BFP, implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the establishment of National Government Operation Centers in the local government units that would house national agencies.

He said that the MOU with CHED has three- fold objectives which are: 1) drafting of new curriculum for Criminology students which contain higher standards of discipline, 2)  establishment of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Institutes in State Universities where local officials may enrol, and 3) establishment of institutional arrangements that would allow the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to tap all 5th Year Civil Engineering students as partners in the design of projects and supervision of project implementation.

As for the Local Government Sector, the SILG said that the proposed DILG- owned National Government Operation Centers in the local government units was envisioned to house City / Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) with staff support that would warrant the provision of Representation and Transportation Allowance (RATA) and Maintenance and other Operating Expenses (MOOE).

He said that the concept is to bring the national government closer to the local government units for convergence.

“Because at the end of the day, the public would not be able to decipher whether a project is from the local government or the national government”, he said.

As a private citizen, the SILG intends to continue lobbying for a separate Procurement Law for uniformed personnel.

“We are used to buying the cheapest but the cheapest does not necessarily mean best buy. Just imagine kung bibilhan mo yung pulis ng baril, mura nga pero di naman pumuputok”, SILG Sarmiento said.

He also commended the Philippine National Police for a very peaceful May 9 Elections.

“Sinasabi ko ito kasi I am the one being congratulated. Pero kayo naman talaga ang kumilos together with the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)”, he said.

The SILG conducted exit calls in all DILG Regional Offices and attached agencies to personally thank his DILG family.

“Hindi naman pwedeng di ako umikot kasi kumatok na ko sa bahay ninyo. Siguro naman, sa taong pinapasok sa bahay niya ay kailangan ding humingi ng permiso bago umalis at magpasalamat man lang. Kaya ko po ginagawa itong pagpapasalamat sa inyo.”

The SILG recounted that prior to his being SILG, the DILG is an agency he has closely worked with as an elected official. He ended his exit call by saying, “I am going to miss my DILG family.”

 

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