DILG La Union partners with PGLU in GAD Planning Orientation - Workshop for GAD LGU Focal Persons


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) La Union in partnership with the Provincial Government of La Union conducted on May 11, 2017 a Gender and Development (GAD) Planning Orientation – Workshop at the Dacanay Hall of the City Government of San Fernando, La Union.

The activity aimed to capacitate Provincial, City, and Municipal GAD Focal Point Persons on the features of GAD Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 2016-01. Specifically, it seeks to inform the participants in the formulation of GAD Plan and Budget FY 2018 using the new prescribed template; utilization of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) Tool in the attribution of GAD Budget; and the process of review and indorsement of GAD Plans and Budget of the City / Municipalities and barangays. The said activity was also one of the interventions of the Provincial Office in facilitating the completion of 2018 GAD Plan and Budget.


DILG La Union Acting Provincial Director Paulino G. Lalata, Jr. welcomed the participants, and expressed his thanks for gracing the event.
He said that the rationale in the conduct of the workshop is to help and guide the GAD focal point persons of the Province, City, and Municipalities in the formulation of their 2018 GAD Plan and Budget and meet the set deadlines.

The orientation-workshop also serves as a strategy by DILG La Union and the Provincial Government of La Union to help LGUs accomplish the requirements of the JMC, especially knowing that GAD has five (5) major indicators under the Social Protection Area of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
LGOO II Joralyn Villasan, DILG La Union GAD Focal Person, and MLGOO Alona Lyn V. Garcia served as speakers for the said activity. LGOO II Villasan discussed a walk-trough on the program highlighting the Salient Features of JMC 2016-01. She also presented the new GAD Plan Template and the submission, review and endorsement of GAD Plans and Budget and schedules that needed to be met.


On the other hand, MLGOO Garcia discussed the HGDG tool and facilitated the workshops participated by the GAD Focal Persons. A Presentation of Workshop Outputs were later critiqued and synthesized by the group. A total of 35 LGU participants took part in the said activity.

The activity is Part II of DILG La Union’s intervention in the formulation and completion of 2018 GAD Plan and Budget. On May 2, 2017, the same orientation - workshop was conducted for all the DILG La Union field officers at the DILG La Union conference area. LGOO II JACQUILYN DUCUSIN



DILG RO1, DILG La Union conducts Regional CBRP Orientation Workshop for Provincial Core Groups


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 1, in collaboration with the DILG La Union Provincial Office, conducted the Orientation Workshop on the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) for the Provincial Core Group last May 2-4, 2017 at Oasis Country Resort and Hotel, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The activity was organized with the end-in-view of guiding the CBRP Provincial Core Groups in formulating a standard CBRP Plan for all the Local Government Units (LGUs) to adapt or modify.

Throughout the four-day orientation workshop, the participants were updated on the issuances on CBRP, the organization, functions, and responsibilities of Local Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (LADACs) starting from the earliest to the latest issuances.


Moreover, the resource speakers provided adequate discussions on the pertinent laws on illegal drugs, the effects of illegal drugs, the service offerings of various NGAs for the sustenance and livelihood of reformed surrenderers, and the appropriate interventions for drug surrenderers, among others.

During the conduct of the orientation-workshop, guests were given the chance to share their experiences and insights in formulating effective modules for the CBRP through various activities such as short games, simulated interview, workshops, and open forum.
CBRP is one of the major component MASA MASID Program. It is a community-based initiative to engage volunteers in the fight against criminality, corruption, and illegal drugs.


The CBRP is designed as a holistic intervention for recovering low-risk and “mild substance use” drug dependents with focus on the healing of the body and soul, through the involvement of the substance abusers, their families, and the community.  PATRICK JORGE C. SIBAYAN LGOO II

CBMS App Module 1 Training kicks-off in LU beneficiary LGUs

The Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Accelerated Poverty Profiling (APP) Module 1 Training kicked-off in the following Municipalities of La Union: Balaoan, February 6-10; and San Juan, February 20-24. The funding support of P1 Million was sourced from the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Program downloaded by the DILG R1 and counterpart fund provided by each Local Government Unit (LGU) beneficiary.

The 5-day training activity which featured a series of lectures and hands-on exercises was participated by 77 enumerators, 19 field editors, and 8 field coordinators. Participants were capacitated on the web-based database PORTAL which allows different CBMS users to manage accounts and devices, the Questionnaires integrated in the CBMS Scan census software installed in the registered Android Tablets purchased by the LGUs for the purpose and field operations management with the use of distribution and callback forms.
DILG Region 1 trainers LGOO V Julieta C. Galvan and LGOO IV Nicolette May O. Amon facilitated the training with supervisory and technical support from the CBMS provincial focal person and the MLGOOs of both municipalities.

The implementation of the CBMS program as a poverty-reduction strategy, will later guarantee both beneficiary municipalities to have accurate data in the drafting and updating of their local development plans. (LGOO II John Robert F. Diaz)

World Bank assesses BuB implementation of Bagulin, LU


The World Bank, through the Orient Integrated Development Consultants, Inc (OIDCI), conducted a Qualitative Outcome Assessment of the Bottom- Up Budgeting (BuB) Implementation of Bagulin, La Union last June 8- 10, 2016. 

The team of Engineer Evelyn Sagun, Maria Merla Aquino and Ivan Jim Layugan of OIDCI conducted document review on various issuances by the local government unit (LGU), minutes of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Assembly meetings, Municipal Reduction Action Team (MPRAT) meetings, and Municipal Development Council meetings, among others.

An interview with Hon. Mayor Ferdinand D. Tumbaga was also conducted. The interview covers the different phases of program implementation from the LGU’s accreditation / recognition of Civil Society Organizations (CSO), conduct of CSO assembly, MPRAT workshops and meetings, up to actual implementation of BuB projects.

Separate Focused Group Discussion (FGDs) were also conducted to groups of LGU-MPRAT members, CSO-MPRAT members, non-CSO / non-MPRAT members and project beneficiaries themselves.

A member of the Project Management Office represented by Dr. Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, of Ateneo de Manila University, also joined the team on the second day to observe the assessment being conducted.

The team, accompanied by Engr. Louie B. Manzano of the LGU and OIC- MLOO Olivia Mae N. de Guzman of the DILG also visited a completed Local Access Road BuB project located in Sitio Pila, Brgy. Cambaly. 

The OIDCI team concluded their visit with an exit conference which was presented to municipal officials.  The team commented that the result of the interview and FGDs were consistent in terms of project identification, implementation and the over-all partnership of LGU and CSOs on BuB.

The Municipality of Bagulin is one of the BuB beneficiaries in Region I since its inception in 2013. The LGU is also a Kapit—Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan — Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHl-CDSS orKC) National Community—Driven Development Program (NCDDP) or KC-NCDDP area.

OIDCIis a Philippine-based consulting firm with a proven track record in integrated area development, environment and natural resource management, governance, and institutional development.

The Philippine government has requested the World Bank to undertake various analytical works to measure and analyze the extent of representation in decision- making process and assess beneficiaries’ satisfaction over implemented projects. 

Bacnotan conducts People’s Caravan


The Municipality of Bacnotan conducted a People's Caravan to all the 47 Barangays named as Dur-as Ti Barangay, Umay Mi Idar-ay

The objective of the Caravan was to inform the people about the programs, projects and activities of the Local Government Unit (LGU) and National Government Agencies namely the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).  

Part of the Caravan was to bring the services to the Barangay.  These include health & social services, validation of projects, mobile registration, tax collection, and dialogue with members of the Barangay Development Council.   It also served as an avenue for a more participative people involvement in the plans and programs of the local government and national government agencies.

MLGOO V Maria Gracia D. Dela Cruz of the DILG took the opportunity in informing the Barangay of the programs, projects and activities of the Department.  One of which is the BUB or the Bottom-Up Budgetting.  The Barangay were informed of the Process of the BUB, Projects Identified and status of implementation of these projects.  The people were also informed of the expansion of Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) to the barangays.  

The City and 3 Other Municipalities of La Union are among Region 1 LLA Finalists

The City of San Fernando, and the Municipalities of Naguilian, Agoo and Santol are among the Region 1 2015 Local Legislative Award (LLA) Finalists. The award system is conducted to highlight the innovations and excellence in the legislative process and to institutionalize an award system for the local Sanggunians. 

The City of San Fernando is included in the Component City Category of the said Search, while Naguilian and Agoo are the Province’s bet for the 1st – 3rd Income Class Municipality Category, and Santol in the 4th – 6th Income Class Municipality Category. For this year, LLA has six (6) assessment criteria, namely: (1) Effectiveness of the Local Legislative Agenda; (2) Availability of Legislative Documents; (3) Efficiency of Performance of the Sanggunian; (4) Quality of Office Set – up and Staff Complement; (5) Legislative Awards and Citations, and; (6) Capacity Development for Legislators and Staff. 

The Provincial Awards Committee (PAC) is composed of the DILG La Union Provincial Director as the Chairperson, Philippine Councilors’ League Chapter President as Vice Chairperson and with members from the following offices: Department of Environment and Management – La Union, Provincial Budget Officer, Provincial Agriculture, Provincial Social Welfare and Development and the President or representative from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Inc (PCCI). 

Other Municipalities visited by the PAC which garnered an 80 % and above rating based on initial assessment were Sudipen, Luna, Bacnotan, San Juan, Burgos, Caba, and Rosario. The PAC visits were conducted from August – September, 2015.

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DILG R1 orients 30 LGU beneficiaries of 2014 PCF

The PCF Operational Guidelines which include provisions on incentive package for Seal of Good Local Governance awardees, prioritization of target beneficiaries, and liquidation procedures and audit requirements were discussed during the activity. The monitoring and evaluation processes of PCF projects, as well as, the documentation of PCF completed projects were presented during the orientation-briefing. 

The Performance Challenge Fund is an incentive system which recognizes local government units exhibiting good performance in local government. It was designed to motivate local governments to put premium on performance in order for them to avail of financial subsidy for local economic development as contained in the LGU’s Annual Investment Program (AIP). 

The PCF is utilized for the implementation of priority projects of the National Government geared towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), maintenance of core road networks, promotion of transparency and accountability in local government transactions and compliance to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.

Resource Speakers were Regional Focal Person LGOO II Veronica B. Nisperos, OIC-PDMU Chief Sharwyn M. Sangel, and Regional Accountant Sety Zorayda S. Perez.(LGOO V Sheila Marie G. Andales)

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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.

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