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Operation Hugas Kamay Upang COVID-19 ay Mamatay (Handwashing Hour in the LGU)

The Rural Health Unit of Bantay, Ilocos Sur launched the “Operation Hugas Kamay Upang COVID-19 ay Mamatay” on March 30, 2020 during the meeting of the Liga ng mga Barangay.

The program advocates proper handwashing for every two hours using the LGU’s Public Address (PA) system. On its designated time, the Operation Hugas Kamay Upang COVID-19 ay Mamatay (Handwashing Hour in the LGU) LGU: Bantay, Ilocos Sur municipality sounds its alarm and the barangays will then simultaneously ring their public address system or their church bells to remind their residents that it is time to wash their hands.

Through this initiative, the LGU hopes that handwashing will eventually become a habit and will form part of the healthy lifestyle of every resident.

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Agkasapulan a Candonians Tulungan (ACT) Program

The City Government of Candon, Ilocos Sur, realizing the severe impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, launched their local initiative program called “Agkasapulan a Candonians Tulungan (ACT)” to provide assistance to the most affected Candonians. The ACT program aims to promote the Bayanihan spirit during the pandemic crisis by encouraging voluntary participation of individuals, households and organizations to extend help to families who are in need within their respective barangays.

It is also a means to augment the assistance and support coming from the national government through various Social Amelioration Programs of different government agencies and from the city government and the barangays through its own initiatives. Another objective of ACT program is to provide short term relief to the identified family beneficiaries in the form of relief goods, food packs, groceries and other essential goods until the Enhanced Community Quarantine is lifted.

The ACT program was immediately adopted by the City Council presided by City Vice Mayor Kristelle Singson through Resolution No. 33-2020 entitled Adopting the “Agkasapulan A Candonians, Tulungan Program” and encouraging Individuals, Households and Organizations to Adopt a Family in need in the City of Candon Agkasapulan a Candonians Tulungan (ACT) Program LGU: Candon City , Ilocos Sur during the Enhanced Community Quarantine Period.

The adopter as defined in the resolution is any individual, household and organization who willingly participated to provide support and hope to its identified adoptee/s, provides the adoptee relief goods/grocery items/ food packs or other essential goods worth of 300 pesos and above for every 15 days or more frequent at the discretion of the adopter.

Adoptee meanwhile as stated also in the said resolution is any family whose economic life has been severely compromised by the COVID-19 pandemic or those who belong to the low-income sector or preferably those who are not yet covered by any of the social amelioration programs of the national government.

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ILOCOS SUR HALFWAY HOUSE FOR FRs INAUGURATED

Bantay, Ilocos Sur - The 5Million Ilocos Sur Halfway House was successfully inaugurated on Friday, July 16, 2021. The facility is located within the Provincial Jail Compound, Barangay Taleb, Bantay, Ilocos Sur funded through the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) assistance project of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as part of the implementation of Executive Order No. 70, or the Ending Local Armed Conflict (ELCAC) program. It is the result of the convergence efforts between the DILG and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur (PGIS).

Leading the ceremonial ribbon cutting were NTF-ELCAC Vice Chair and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, DILG Ilocos Sur Provincial Director Randy S. Dela Rosa, BGen Krishnamurti Mortela, PCOL Wilson Doromal, and NSC Deputy Director General Vicente M. Agdamag, respectively

NSA Esperon, in his statement, called on the remaining members of the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) to surrender, abandoned armed-insurgency and return to the government folds.

PD Randy Dela Rosa expressed his sincerest gratitude to Governor Singson for allowing it to be built inside the provincial jail compound.

 “Kami po sa DILG ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat at naway ang Halfway House na ito ay magiging sagisag ng kapayapaan, kaunlaran at pag-asa sa Ilocos Sur,” PD Dela Rosa said.

Governor Singson guaranteed that the PGIS will give its full support and assistance to these government programs.

The facility will be used as a temporary home for Former Rebels (FRs) as they undergo various processes and interventions under the E-CLIP. It is now fully equipped with basic amenities such as activity/lecture hall, dining and kitchen area, shower and comfort rooms, bedrooms for single and couple participants, and an administrative office for Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) staff as house parents to the FRs.

The said facility is now operational and ready to accommodate rebel surrenderers as they reintegrate back to the mainstream society.

By: LGOO II Jaemee Erleen T. Espejo

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ILOCOS SUR HELD SBDP PROJECTS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES - THE FIRST IN REGION 1

JULY 16, 2021 -The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) held the groundbreaking of the 20-million-peso worth of various projects in Barangay Baluarte, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur, marking the activity as the first-ever project groundbreaking ceremony in Region 1 funded by the Local Government Support Fund – Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) FY 2021 of the NTF-ELCAC.

The same groundbreaking ceremony was also held in Barangay Nagbettedan, Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur which also received 20-million-peso worth of various SBDP projects.

NTF-ELCAC Vice Chair and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson, DILG Ilocos Sur Provincial Director Randy S. Dela Rosa, DILG R1 LGMED Chief Rhodora Soriano, BGen Krishnamurti Mortela, and NSC Deputy Director General Vicente M. Agdamag spearheaded the said activities. The EO 70 Project Management Office Staff, other key officials and functionaries from the national, regional, provincial, and local levels were also present during the program.

I am so proud that it is in only in Region 1 that we could now proudly say that we have dismantled the lawn guerilla front that is existing here”, NTF-ELCAC Vice Chair Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said.

Usec. Marlo L. Iringan, Undersecretary for Local Government extended his congratulations and message to the recipient-barangays virtually.

In his message, “Ang mga proyektong ito ay handog ng pamahalaan sa ating mga kababayan na nasa dalawang barangay, ang aming hiling ay ang mabilis at maayos na pagsasagwa ng mga proyektong ito upang sa gayon ay mapakinabangan na ang serbisyong maibibigay ng daan at school building na sisimulan ngayong araw. We can help end local communist armed conflict by winning the hearts and minds of the people through this packages that are responsive to the needs of our people”.

DILG R1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag also shared the rationale of the SBDP via virtual platform.

The two insurgency-cleared barangays are among the 822 identified barangays in the entire country - and the only barangays in the region - to have received this national priority program of the government pursuant to EO 70 or the whole-of-nation approach in addressing the root causes of insurgencies and other armed conflicts through the delivery of various social development services.

The 20 Million Peso Funds are intended for the Construction of Farm-to-Market Roads, Rehabilitation of Barangay Health Centers, Construction of Public Toilets, Construction of School Buildings, Assistance to Indigent Individuals, and Livelihood and Technical-Vocational Trainings. These priority programs are all identified through the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).

Consistent with the Special Provision No. 4 of the LGSF-SBDP of the NTF-ELCAC in Republic Act (RA) No. 11518 or the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA), the DILG shall be responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of actual project implementation.

By: LGOO II Jaemee Erleen T. Espejo

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DILG Conducts NTF-ELCAC Barangay Levelling Session

Bantay, Ilocos Sur – The DILG-RO 1 led by RD James F. Fadrilan, CESO III spearheaded the conduct of the National Task Force, Joint Regional/Provincial Task Force to End Local Communists Armed Conflict (ELCAC) Barangay Levelling Session for Ilocos Sur on May 25, 2021 via zoom attended by about 2,000 Barangay Officials, IPMRs, CSOs of the 768 barangays.

The levelling session aims to revisit the various initiatives and undertakings by the JRTF in line with the EO 70 Whole-of-Nation and Convergence approach to address the root causes of insurgency and other armed conflict in the province by harmonizing the delivery of basic services and development packages facilitating inclusivity in active participation of all sectors in pursuit of the country's peace agenda.

National Security Adviser Sec. Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., in his message, gave assurance and made his call on the national agencies as members of the TF-ELCAC and the barangays to work as one to address the insurgency problems to pursue lasting peace and development. Gov. Ryan Luis V. Singson gave his inspirational message that his administration is doing its best in reaching out and implementing various programs and projects in response to the priority needs of the constituents, at the same time he expressed his gratitude to everyone as the Province was already declared free of armed groups.

For his part, IS-DILG PD Randy dela Rosa presented the outputs during the Regional Consultation for Peace and Development Program. Other participating agencies included: National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) who oriented the participants on the issues and problems on the operations of Communist Terror Group (CTG), Phil. Army (702nd IB & 81st IB) and IS-PNP for the updates on the peace and order situation in the province, NEDA, TESDA, NCIP, DOJ presented their significant accomplishments, programs, services and ways forward while the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur thru the PSWDO presented the accomplishment of the PTF-ELCAC chaired by the Gov. Ryan Luis Singson. Philippine Information Agency RD Jenny Role served as moderator of the full day activity.

LGOO II Jaemee Erleen T. Espejo

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