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.

Gov. Espino highlights impact of DILG projects during SOPA

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Governor Amado I. Espino, III highlighted the impact of locally- funded projects of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during his first State of the Province Address (SOPA) last May 11, 2017.

Speaking before local officials and stakeholders in the province, Gov. Espino said that through DILG’s P56 Million Special Local Road Fund (SLRF), the provincial government was able to rehabilitate and improve 64.5 km of provincial roads.

“Sa loob ng siyam na buwan, mula noong July 2016 hanggang March 2017, gumastos tayo ng P71.8 Million at natapos natin ang rehabilitasyon at improvement ng 64.5 km ng provincial roads. Ang malaking bahagi ng P71.8 Million na yan ay ang P56 Million Motor Vehicles Users Charge Incentive Fund (otherwise known as SLRF) na binigay ng DILG sa Pangasinan”, the Governor said.

The provincial road networks rehabilitated using the P56 Million SLRF are the Mangaterem- Urbiztondo Road, Maniboc- Pangapisan- Sabangan Road, Malasiqui- Catablan Road, Tarlac Boundary- Bayambang Diversion Road and the Asingan- San Manuel- Agno Gorge Road.

He also said that, at present, the provincial government is completing the 11.4 km Burgos- Iliw- Iliw Road and 4.5 km Urbiztondo- San Carlos Road through the P125 Million DILG- KALSADA Fund released to the province last year.

The province is awaiting the release of the P167 Million Conditional Matching Grant Fund for the rehabilitation of the 5.5 km Malasiqui-Catablan Road, 1.7 km Urbiztondo-Basista Road and the 2.7 km Mapandan- Banaoang Road.

Aside from the SLRF, the Governor also mentioned the impact of the P4 Million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) received by the Province for being a 2016 Seal of Good Local Governance passer.

“Gamit ang P4 Million cash incentive mula sa DILG Performance Challenge Fund at 3.4 milyong pondo ng provincial government, itatayo natin ang Hall of Fame Building / Abong na Dayew sa tabi ng Urduja House, na palalagyan ng mga awards at recognitions na natanggap at matatanggap pa natin sa paglipas ng panahon”, Gov. Espino said.

DILG Pangasinan Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon expressed joy over the provincial government’s recognition of DILG’s contribution to local development.

“Tayo po ay nagagalak marinig mula sa butihing Gobernador ang pagkilala sa ambag ng ating ahensiya sa kanilang mithiing makamit ang local development. We are very much encouraged to zealously continue the provision of technical assistance to the LGUs. Patuloy po tayong magpupursige sa ating tungkulin dahil alam nating ito ay may mga bunga”, PD De Leon said.

DILG Regional Director James F. Fadrilan, who was also present during the SOPA, was glad about the Governor’s remarks.

“Nakakataba ng puso masingle-out ang ating Departamento na nakatulong sa probinsiya. DILG was mentioned at least three times”, he said.
-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

3-storey BUB funded evacuation center benefits 617 households in Dagupan
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A newly- inaugurated three- story evacuation center funded under the Bottom- Up Budgeting of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is expected to benefit 617 households of Barangay Salapingao, Dagupan City.

The spacious evacuation center can accommodate over 1,000 evacuees with basic amenities such as potable water; electricity; comfort rooms for females, males and persons with disabilities (PWDs); communal kitchen; dining and laundry area. Other equally important components include a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Office, clinic infirmary, breastfeeding area, stock room and a roof deck.

The facility, which has a land area of 1,236 square meters, has a total project cost of Php 15,100,400 (Php 10,786,000 from the DILG- BUB and Php 4,314,400 counterpart from the City Government).

City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez thanked the DILG for the BUB- funded facility.

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa DILG. Dahil sa kanila, tayo po ay binigyan ng pondo mula sa Bottom- Up Budgeting at ito ang ating pinatayo”, she said while addressing barangay residents during the inauguration.

The City Mayor said that the construction of the evacuation center plays a significant role in their efforts to save lives during the occurrence of any disaster.

“Ang significance ng [evacuation] center po na ito, unang-una po ay para sa ating buhay- masave natin ang buhay. Yan ang number one po. Kasi ang pamilya po natin ang lakas natin. Kahit saan po tayo pumunta, ang iniisip natin ay ang ating pamilya”, she said.

Dagupan is a coastal city of Pangasinan perched on a wetland and within the typhoon belt. Its inherent geological and geophysical characteristics made the city very susceptible to various natural hazards. Barangay Salapingao is one of its five island barangays vulnerable to typhoons, storm surge, destructive flooding and earthquakes.

The barangay, which is barely a kilometer away from the Lingayen Gulf and 2.5 km away from the city proper, can only be reached by motorized banca. Its location poses a challenge for city and barangay officials to ensure the safety of barangay residents during disasters.

Prior to the construction of the evacuation center, residents only have school classrooms and few sturdy structures to take refuge in during typhoons and flooding.

With the completion of the facility, they are now assured of a safe shelter located in an elevated area and structurally- designed to withstand strong typhoons and even earthquakes.

The evacuation center is expected to have indirect benefits to residents of two other adjacent island barangays - Lomboy and Pugaro. The land on which the facility stands was donated by Mr. Romulo O. Reyes and his family.

The multi- level facility adheres to the national standards for evacuation centers per DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2015-45, “Guidelines for the Implementation of Provision of Potable Water Supply, Local Access Road and other Local Infrastructure Projects under the Bottom-Up Budgeting”.
-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

DILG Pangasinan preps up for 2017 SGLG

In preparation for the data gathering, validation and certification phase of the 2017 implementation of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), the Department of the Interior and Local Government Pangasinan (DILG Pangasinan) will conduct a Provincial Orientation tomorrow (May 9) at the Dagupan Village Hotel, Dagupan City.

The activity will be attended by City / Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) and shall be facilitated by Provincial Focal Persons and members of the Regional Assessment Teams (RATs) assigned in Pangasinan.

The orientation aims to orient C/MLGOOs on the different assessment areas and criteria of the Seal. The different assessment forms will also be presented as well as instructions on how to properly fill- up said forms.

The Province of Pangasinan produced the most number of SGLG passers in Region 1 last year with 18 LGU- awardees including the Provincial Government.

The four cities, 44 municipalities and the Provincial Government of Pangasinan will be assessed this year using the scaled- up overall assessment criteria of “4+1”.

From being one of the essential areas last year, peace and order was added this year to the core areas comprising of Financial Administration, Disaster Preparedness and Social Protection; while Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Business Friendliness and Environmental Management are this year’s essential areas.

An LGU has to pass four core areas and one essential area to qualify for the Seal. Incentives in the form of SGLG marker and Performance Challenge Fund await 2017 awardees of the Seal. A special distinction shall also be given to LGUs which consistently passed all assessment areas for the three periods (2015, 2016 and 2017).

The data gathering, validation and certification phases of the 2017 SGLG will run from May 15- June 16, 2017. The conferment of the Seal will be on October in line with the Local Government Code Anniversary Celebration.

-LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales

DILG R1 to forge MOA with PSU for 2017 CSIS in Laoac, San Nicolas


Following the briefing for target- municipalities last May 3-5, 2017, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 1 (DILG R1) is set to forge partnership with the Pangasinan State University (PSU) this May for the 2017 implementation of the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) in the municipalities of Laoac and San Nicolas, Pangasinan.

The DILG R1 previously partnered with the same local resource institute (LRI) for the implementation of the same program in the four (4) cities of Pangasinan last 2015.

After the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement, the Bureau of Local Government Supervision (BLGS) is set to train members of the two teams of PSU this May for the data gathering, analysis and report writing components of the CSIS.

Aside from its experience in quantitative research projects, the PSU was chosen for its ability to mobilize research teams whose members possessed the qualifications set by the Department, proximity to the LGU and willingness to comply with project deadlines.

The CSIS is a set of data tools designed to collect and generate relevant citizens’ feedback on local governments’ service delivery performance and on the citizens’ general satisfaction. It assesses the service delivery performance of local governments based on the knowledge, experience, and perception of the people.

The DILG is in its fifth year of CSIS implementation.

186 drug surrenderers complete Laoac’s community-based rehabilitation program


One hundred eighty- six (186) drug surrenderers completed the requirements of “Oplan Katuwang”, Laoac, Pangasinan’s community-based rehabilitation program. The graduation of the 186 drug surrenderers from the program was confirmed by Mayor Silverio D. Alarcio, Chair of Laoac’s Anti- Drug Abuse Council, and was witnessed by the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Police Director General Ronald “Bato” M. Dela Rosa. "Maswerte kayo dito sa Laoac dahil yung mga ibang munisipyo ay di pa nakapagconduct ng localized drug rehabilitation program. Dahil dito (community-based rehabilitation program) ay graduate na yung mga Tokhang surrenderers,” said PNP Chief Dela Rosa.

The PNP Chief, during the simple graduation rites, asked the surrenderers who graduated from the program to raise their hands to be recognized."Look at them. They are very proud na magpakilala dahil talagang sila ay na-rehab na. At yung pagtaas ng kamay nila, that is a manifestation na di na sila babalik doon sa kanilang dating gawi. Thank you very much sa inyong sinseridad na magbago,” he said.

“Oplan Katuwang” is Laoac’s response to the number of drug users/pushers uncovered through the Oplan Tokhang. From the original 40 drug users/pushers, the PNP was able to uncover a total of 382 drug users/pushers who 

surrendered and expressed their willingness to go through the community-based rehabilitation program. “Oplan Katuwang” was envisioned to complement the PNP’s “Oplan Tokhang” by providing means for the surrenderers to be rehabilitated and reintegrated in the community. The 186 surrenderers who graduated from the program belong to the first batch of surrenderers who went through different workshops and sessions from August 2, 2016- February 24, 2017.

These workshops and sessions include Skills Trainings/Workshops facilitated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Regular Rehabilitation Sessions, Community Service and the Laoac Siga Talaga Basketball Tournament. Mayor Alarcio said that Laoac came up with “Oplan Katuwang” because drug abuse is a community problem.
“This is now the problem of our community, no longer a law enforcement problem kasi lumabas na. Ang paghahanap ng problema ay trabaho ng pulis. Pero napalabas na nila yung problema. It is now our job. The leaders of the community, as well as the community, will now take-over. ‘Pag di natin masolbar ito, sarili na natin ang ating sisisihin. So we came up with ‘Oplan Katuwang," he said. Rehabilitation activities under “Oplan Katuwang” offer effective medical, psychological and spiritual interventions to help drug users break free from drug dependence and be fully reintegrated in the society with the needed skills for them to be productive members of the community.

Also present to witness the first batch of graduates of “Oplan Katuwang” were Governor Amado I. Espino, III; PDIR Roel Barcena Obusan, Chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG); PCSUPT Antonio A. Taylan, Jr., Director for Engineering Services; PCSUPT Charlo C. Collado, Acting Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1; PSSUPT Ronald Oliver Lee, Acting Police Provincial Director; and DILG Provincial Director Agnes A. De Leon.“Oplan Katuwang” is the first LGU-initiated community-based rehabilitation program in Pangasinan. (LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales)

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