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LGU Bayambang Makes Use of Technology to Implement Vaccination Program

The advent of the “new normal” brought by the COVID-19 pandemic has called for the launching of innovations in order to help the people adapt while finding the balance between a safe citizenry and a developing economy. One of the most effective ways in which the municipality can do this is the massive vaccination campaign that aims to build herd immunity among the citizens, so the Local Government Unit of Bayambang has been directing its efforts towards encouraging the people to get vaccinated and providing safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to Bayambangueños.

Here are some of the innovations and steps undertaken by the LGU-Bayambang for an efficient Vaccination Program in the municipality:

Creation of Task Force Bakuna

As early as January 7, 2021, LGU-Bayambang created a Task Force Bakuna to oversee the preparatory work in anticipation of the massive COVID-19 vaccination, and spearhead the implementation of the program once the vaccines arrive. The Task Force prepared the Vaccination Plan based on the guidelines from the Department of Health and communicates with the higher ups for the swift provision of vaccines in the municipality.

Once the Task Force was created, the LGU has been set in finding ways and means to make the vaccine freely available to all willing constituents.

IEC in Full Swing

This was immediately followed by a massive information-education campaign by the Task Force in the different barangays, with the help of the Rural Health Units, Public Order and Safety Office, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, on top of a special orientation program targeting all 77 barangay captains, an activity that was broadcast on Facebook Live for a wider audience reach.

Vaccination Program Started

In preparation for the first vaccination day, a simulation activity was conducted on March 25 involving top officials to assure the smooth flow of vaccination and to encourage would-be vaccinees in the face of hesitation from a huge majority of our constituents.

The local vaccination program officially began on March 30 at the Pugo Evacuation Center, which was converted into the LGU-Bayambang Vaccination Site. The site is conducive to assembling a large group of people without violating the minimum health protocols and without requiring people, especially seniors, to line up under the heat of the sun or in the rain. To ensure smooth flow, different areas were roped-off and labeled. There was a conspicuous registration area, vaccination area, post-vaccination observation area, counseling area, and so on.

As per IATF's policy, the medical frontliners, lay rescuers, and security forces were the first ones to be vaccinated. Photo-op sessions were conducted, and the photos were quickly published on the official Facebook page as further encouragement to the public.

Later on, Mayor Cezar Quiambao -- with full publicity -- had himself vaccinated to help convince the public to get themselves vaccinated.

ICTO Devises an Electronic Vaccination Management System to Speed Up Client Data Retrieval

The Information and Communications Technology Office created the Bayambang Electronic Vaccination Management System to automate the handling of COVID-19 vaccination data. RHU personnel are now taking advantage of the system using a QR code scanner to scan data printed in the vaccination cards, to pull up the existing record of a vaccinee and serve as basis for giving a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This small yet significant initiative helps fulfill the vision of Bayambang as a smart (i.e., digitally enabled) town.

The System encompasses 1. vaccinee profiling, 2. vaccinee screening 3. vaccine consent capturing, 4., vaccine dose recording and card printing, 5. vaccine administration database (daily accomplishment, progress), and 6. vaccine after-even following immunization incident management database.

Free Ride to and from the Vaccination Site

To control the influx of people and further encourage them to be vaccinated, the LGU provided free rides from the barangays to the Vaccination Site and back. This is also in consideration of Bayambangueños whose money for the fare going to the site can be used for their more pressing needs. 

Local transport groups, whose livelihood was severely affected by pandemic restrictions, were tapped as partners in this initiative. The LGU also makes use of the vehicles previously purchased for the different offices for more efficiency in public service.

The Task Force also assures that each vaccinee gets free snacks after the inoculation.

Advisories

Advisories are posted every now and then on our official Facebook page to update the people on how many people have been vaccinated so far according to the IATF's group prioritization, how many vaccine vials (and what brand) are available, and when the next vaccination dates will be.

Meanwhile, the Task Force Bakuna continues with its information drive in the barangays to convert hearts and minds and turn the previously unwilling into vaccine advocates who will actually show up at the site on vaccination day -- to help contribute to the much-desired herd immunity in the country at the soonest possible time.

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PG Pangasinan conducted Orientation-Forum for Funeral Parlors/Mortuary Service Workers

LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN- The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, through the Provincial Health Office, in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the lead agency in the Management of the Dead and Missing (MDM) Response Cluster, Department of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) conducted a face-to-face Orientation-Forum for Funeral Parlors/Mortuary Service Workers on April 15, 2020 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC).

The activity aimed to capacitate the funeral parlors and mortuary service workers in the proper handling and disposal of the remains of Covid-19 confirmed cases and persons under investigation (PUI). It was spearheaded by Hon. Amado I. Espino III, Provincial Governor of Pangasinan. Thirty-six (36) funeral parlors in the province attended the said activity. They were the commissioned funeral parlors/crematoriums of their LGUs to handle the remains of Covid-19 confirmed cases and PUIs. Also present were DILG Provincial Director Paulino G. Lalata, Jr., Provincial Administrator Atty. Nimrod Camba, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna Maria Teresa De Guzman, DOH Consultant, Ashley Antonio, Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Officer Rodhalia Binay-an, BFP Superintendent Noel Gagalac, PNP Crime Laboratory Representative Dr. Ariel De Vera, Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco, and PRRDMO Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro. The topics discussed were: Covid-19 Provincial Situationer; Personal Hygienic Measures; Universal, Standard, and Transmission-based Precautionary Measures; and, Recommended Precautions when Handling Remains.

After the orientation-forum, all the participants, together with the key executives of the provincial government and national agencies, signed a pledge of commitment to signify their support to the objectives of the activity in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic in the province of Pangasinan.

The Provincial Government of Pangasinan is the first province in Region 1 to conduct the said orientation-forum.

(Photo courtesy: Province of Pangasinan official Facebook page)

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Medical and Dental Teleconsultation of Bayambang

Individuals with health conditions have higher risk of exposure or even infection to COVID-19. In response to this, the Rural Health Unit in the Municipality of Bayambang, Pangasinan launched its Medical and Dental Teleconsultation on the onset of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for Bayambangueños with urgent medical concerns and for those who are not able to go out and buy medicines. 5 Medical and Dental Teleconsultation LGU: Bayambang, Pangasinan HEALTH.

Aside from calls and text messages, Dr. Paz F. Vallo, Dr. Adrienne A. Estrada and the Rural Health Unit utilizes social media to provide free medical, maternal and dental consultation. After giving diagnosis, doctors send needed medicines to the patient in coordination with Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). For patients to refrain from going outside, RHU staff also delivers medicines to their homes. Bayambangueños can send their medical concerns to the Facebook page of the Rural Health Unit of Bayambang or Rural Health Unit II – Bayambang during Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Aside from monitoring the health conditions of individuals, frontliners in the Municipality of Bayambang ensures that the health of its residents are also given priority at a crisis like this. The effort is believed to lessen the need of individuals with serious medical concerns in going out to purchase their medicines thus reducing their probability of exposure not only to COVID-19 but also to other diseases as well.

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Hot Meals on Wheels

Being the premier economic center in Pangasinan, Dagupan City is greatly affected by the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Many of the business establishment’s operations and economic activities halted in the city. Workers who are mostly heads of households, were left with no livelihood or stable source of income and incapable of providing for their families’ basic needs like food.Being the premier economic center in Pangasinan, Dagupan City is greatly affected by the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Many of the business establishment’s operations and economic activities halted in the city. Workers who are mostly heads of households, were left with no livelihood or stable source of income and incapable of providing for their families’ basic needs like food.


Complementary to the ongoing distribution of relief goods, the City Government of Dagupan launched Hot Meals on Wheels, a feeding activity for the communities of 31 barangays seriously affected by the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Residents are informed by the City Nutrition Office on the schedule of the distribution through the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Residents must wear their face mask in claiming meals. To ensure physical social distancing, only one (1) representative is allowed to claim meals, provided that, they bring their own food containers for safety purposes.

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Medical and Dental Teleconsultation

Individuals with health conditions have higher risk of exposure or even infection to COVID-19. In response to this, the Rural Health Unit in the Municipality of Bayambang, Pangasinan launched its Medical and Dental Teleconsultation on the onset of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) for Bayambangueños with urgent medical concerns and for those who are not able to go out and buy medicines. 5 Medical and Dental Teleconsultation LGU: Bayambang, Pangasinan HEALTH Aside from calls and text messages, Dr. Paz F. Vallo, Dr. Adrienne A. Estrada and the Rural Health Unit utilizes social media to provide free medical, maternal and dental consultation.

After giving diagnosis, doctors send needed medicines to the patient in coordination with Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). For patients to refrain from going outside, RHU staff also delivers medicines to their homes. Bayambangueños can send their medical concerns to the Facebook page of the Rural Health Unit of Bayambang or Rural Health Unit II – Bayambang during Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Aside from monitoring the health conditions of individuals, frontliners in the Municipality of Bayambang ensures that the health of its residents are also given priority at a crisis like this. The effort is believed to lessen the need of individuals with serious medical concerns in going out to purchase their medicines thus reducing their probability of exposure not only to COVID-19 but also to other diseases as well.

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Women in the Time of COVID-19

The pandemic has created a critical stage shortage of face masks across the region and our frontliners are at high risk of exposing themselves to the virus.

Without the protection they need, their families and people around them will also be at risk. Anent this, the women of Barangay Centro Toma and Brgy. Ranao were given a source of livelihood by producing face masks for frontliners.

With the help from the beneficiaries of TESDA Tailoring Group, eighteen (18) women were also mobilized to produce face masks made from tailored cloth. On the onset of the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, it was foreseen that there will be a shortage of the protective gears particularly face masks so they began sewing for the frontliners. They were able to produce around 5,000 face masks while they are staying at home..

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Hot Meals on Wheels

Being the premier economic center in Pangasinan, Dagupan City is greatly affected by the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). Many of the business establishment’s operations and economic activities halted in the city. Workers who are mostly heads of households, were left with no livelihood or stable source of income and incapable of providing for their families’ basic needs like food. Complementary to the ongoing distribution of relief goods, the City Government of Dagupan launched Hot Meals on Wheels, a feeding activity for the communities of 31 barangays seriously affected by the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

9 Hot Meals on Wheels LGU: Dagupan City, Pangasinan FOOD AND NON-FOOD ITEMS Residents are informed by the City Nutrition Office on the schedule of the distribution through the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Residents must wear their face mask in claiming meals. To ensure physical social distancing, only one (1) representative is allowed to claim meals, provided that, they bring their own food containers for safety purposes.

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Shuttle Service for Frontliners

Suspension of public transportation during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period leads to further exhaustion of frontliners working in Dagupan City. Some of them live in the neighboring towns and some have already experienced discrimination. The City Government of Dagupan, in cooperation with Land Transportation Office – Region 1, provided free shuttle service from boundary checkpoints for its frontliners.

Health workers of both public and private hospitals, and government employees and workers are entitled to avail of the said service. The designated pick-up points are the following: Shuttle Service for Frontliners LGU: Dagupan City, Pangasinan LOGISTICS 1. Puregold Calasiao, 2. Caltex Binmaley- San Carlos Junction; and, 3. Mangaldan Public Market.

The drop-off point will be in Region 1 Medical Center in Arellano St., Dagupan City. Other frontliners can also avail of the free ride if their locations are in the routes being traversed by the shuttle service. Recognizing the frontliner’s important role in our nation’s fight against COVID-19, this simple act of appreciation surely helps them focus more on their work – saving lives, and serving the people.

 
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DILG R1 conducts Provincial Workshop on the Preparation of LGU Devolution Transition Plan-Part 1

 
The DILG Region 1, through the Local Government Capacity Development Division (LGCDD) headed by LGCDD Chief Pedro Gonzales is now conducting a Provincial Workshop on the Preparation of LGU Devolution Transition Plan-Part 1 via zoom platform.
 
 
This activity is being participated by the Governor’s Office of the four Provincial Governments of the region, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members, Provincial Devolution Transition Committees and CSO Representatives.
 
 
Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag graced the event with her message of appreciation and encouragement to all the participants who are about to prepare their Devolution Transition Plans.
The activity is joined by representatives from the line agencies (NEDA, DENR, DOLE, DA and DSWD) who were assigned as Panel of Reactors and DILG Provincial Directors, Cluster Leaders and Program Managers as facilitators in the workshop proper.

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Follow Through Activity on FINALIZATION OF MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY SANITATION AND HYGIENE MASTER PLAN (MWSSMP)

The Project Development and Management Unit (PDMU) of DILG RO1 conducted the activity, Follow Through Activity on FINALIZATION OF MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY SANITATION AND HYGIENE MASTER PLAN which aims to deepen the understanding of the participants in the importance of proper planning, handling and management of water supply sanitation and hygiene. This will also train LGUs to complete the baseline data that will be incorporated with the Philippine Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Plan (PWSSMP).

In her opening remarks, DILG RO1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag CESO III, welcomed all participants through a virtual message. She expressed her warm gratitude towards all the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Health Officer/Rural Sanitary Inspector, LGU Encoder and Municipal Local Government Operation Officer present in the event and her excitement to work with them again.

Moving on to the overview of the training, PDMU Chief Engr. Sharwyn M. Sangel, EnP presented the issues and challenges concerning the water supply and sanitation, contributing to the national and global commitments. She discussed the water sector reforms and initiatives, 8 key roles for MWSSMP, short, medium and long-term targets under the PWSSMP, investment required for the Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) and the Roles of DILG under Water Supply and Sanitation. Also, she mentioned what the participants may expect and to look forward to during the course of the training.

The activity focuses mainly on the management of Tool 1-8 being used in conducting the assessment to household and the details that are required in the assessment data form. PDMU Engineers; Engr. Andy O. Quiaoit, Engr. Cherry U. Adriano and Engr. Jan Patriz L. Mariano took turns in explaining these tools, elaborating and giving examples in order for the participants to understand and have a broader knowledge to each of the said Tools. They also taught the participants how to input data in the assessment data forms and provided examples of LGU who already accomplished the said assessment data forms. Issues were raised after each tool was discussed and were answered by the PDMU Engineers. At the end of the training, the participants took part in the data input of the assessment data forms and presented their outputs. Participants committed to conduct their own assessment to their respective LGUs to be submitted on or before July 15, 2021. (IO II Dann Ariel S. Genese)

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Seminar-Workshop on Operation and Maintenance of Barangay Water and Sanitation Association (BWSA)-Managed Facility

One of the identified priority capacity building needs under sustainability phase of the Water Service Providers is the Operations and Maintenance for Water Supply Projects. In particular, most of the Barangay Water Supply and Sanitation Association (BWSA) managed facilities are not efficiently operated and maintained because of the lack of technical and managerial expertise of barangay officials, BWSA officers and O&M Team. Therefore, the Project Development and Management Unit (PDMU) of DILG RO1 conducted a 3-day seminar- workshop entitled, Seminar-Workshop on Operation and Maintenance of Barangay Water and Sanitation Association (BWSA)-Managed Facility, that aims to enhance the capacity of the LGU Officials and Barangay Water Supply and Sanitation Association (BWSA) in operating and maintaining water supply system. Specifically, this aims to deepen their understanding in the operations and maintenance of the facility.

The activity started with a welcome remark by OIC- Provincial Director Roger P. Daquiaog. Afterwards, Engr. Andres O. Quiaoit asked the participants to introduce themselves and their expectations for the activity. PDMU Chief, Engr. Sharwyn M. Sangel presented the training overview, the methodologies to be used to optimized the learning process such as lectures, workshops, plenary and Focus group discussions. She also presented the different areas that the training will tackle for the operation and maintenance of the BWSA-Managed Facilities and utilities. The concept, and framework governing principles of Human Rights- Based Approach (HRAB) was discussed by Engr. Cristy Faye A. Gasmen of UP College of Engineering followed by Dr. Nelia P. Verzosa, the Characteristic, Roles and Functions of BWSA and Stakeholders. Ms. Elsa D. Mejia, President of Impart Waterworks and Development Company (IWADCO), discussed the HRBA-Community Organizing Process and Local Customers’ Service Code and Other BWSA Documents. The Overview of Water Supply System and Facilities, Tariff Setting and Computation, Billing and Collection and Operation and Maintenance of Water Supply System were discussed by Engr. Benjamin Q. Galvan Jr. and Engr. Eric F. Carpina, OIC- General Manager of Metro San Fernando Water District.

 

After each topic, training facilitators- Engr. Andres O. Quiaoit, Engr. Cherry U. Adriano and Engr. Jan Patriz L. Mariano of PDMU RO1, facilitated workshops to ensure that the participants understand and gained knowledge regarding the sustainability and maintained water supply system. Before the activity ends, participating LGUs were ask for their commitment for the activities needed to be conducted in their respective municipalities to equip their other BWSA member of the knowledge of organizing and having a sustained and strong BWSA Organization.

By: IO II Dann Ariel S. Genese

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FY 2021 PDMU Mid-Year Performance Review on DILG LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FUND PROJECTS

Performance review is a central part of the organizational performance management process.  It is vital in supporting a culture of on-going feedback and recognition, and to achieve better business results. In many organizations, annual performance reviews are conducted for their entire workforce. However, more and more organizations are moving toward a frequent feedback performance management system done quarterly, monthly, or even weekly. When done right, performance reviews can help employees understand what they’re doing well, how they can improve, how their work aligns with larger organizational goals, and what is expected of them. With that being said, the Project Development and Management Unit (PDMU) of DILG RO1 hosted its 2021 PDMU Mid-Year Performance Review on DILG LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FUND PROJECTS which intends to diagnose the progress and performance of the Provincial teams and individual members demonstrated to date, to plan strategies for the remainder of the year to ensure the achievement of 2021 targets and to prepare workable plan for the completion of carry-over projects and submission of lacking documentary requirements.

In her opening remarks, DILG RO1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag welcomed the participants present and those who joined via virtual conference. She expressed her warm gratitude to all participants and acknowledged those newly hired employees as part of her welcome speech. Soon after, each provinces presented their progress, performance report, issues and concerns and their action plans for the remainder of the year. It is followed by an update to the SUBAYBAYAN status by its focal person. A workshop was facilitated by the resource speaker, Dr. Ma. Rosalinda M. Lacsamana, former DILG Regional Coordinator. Other part of the activity is the introduction of newly-joined members of PDMU and the creation of vision board which was also facilitated by Dr. Lacsamana. From the Central Office; the Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) gave an update on the Governance Reform Targets particularly LRNDP development, CapDev activities and Budget Utilization of CMGP funds were discussed via Zoom Video Conference. Also, each focal person assigned to different Locally Fund Projects (LFPs) and Capacity Development Projects gave updates to the status of each project, highlighting accomplishments and giving commitments to undergoing and pending projects. PDMU Chief Engr. Sharwyn M. Sangel, EnP gave her insights and recommendations after each presentation. This performance review activity gave the participants a clearer view on where they are and where they are heading in terms of accomplishment, and help them have a better action plan for the rest of the year 2021 through catch-up planning. (IO II Dann Ariel S. Genese)

SPO4 Juan is PNP Model Family in R1

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“To be nominated in the Search for PNP Model Families is already an honor for the uniformed police officers who risk their lives to protect and serve the community.” Regional Director Evangeline R. Almirante of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) emphasized this during the on-site validation conducted by the Regional Search Committee (RSC). She commended the nominees for uplifting the image of police officers as family person and partner in community development.

The Search highlights family values, work ethics, and involvement in activities that promote positive changes in the community. It advocates the capability of police officers as partners in maintaining peace and order towards a more progressive socioeconomic system. It is open to all uniformed members of the PNP with legitimate or legally adopted child/children, legally married and living together with his/her spouse for at least five (5) years, and has been in the police service for at least five (5) years at the time of the Search.

After much deliberation, SPO4 Dennis A. Juan and his family stood out as the PNP Model Family of Region 1 having ranked first among six (6) nominees. The other nominees were: SPO4 Erlinda Gagaoin of La Union; PO3 Ador Puntalba and SPO2 Emma Ruth Apostol of Pangasinan; SPO4 Myrna Almadrigo and SPO4 Cesar Ramos of Ilocos Norte.

SPO4 Juan is currently assigned at Ilocos Norte PNP Provincial Office (INPPO) and is regarded by his colleagues as a soft-spoken and generous person. His family exhibited the characteristics befitting a model family. One of their advantages is the community outreach program they initiated as a family which has been sustained for 17 years. Their three (3) children would save money from their allowances to be used in buying school supplies for a group of pupils in their area. They aim to do this until the selected pupils graduate from 6th Grade. Their children also stated that when they finish school, they will continue what their parents have started.

Each nominated family were rated based on: how the parents share their responsibilities in raising their children; how they show their respect for one another in the family; how they uphold moral principles; and how they are able to bring about better change in their community.

Members of the RSC interviewed the nominees and their family, their superiors and co-workers, neighbors, pastors/ priests and local officials to assess which family will be nominated at the national level to vie for the title PNP Model Family.

The RSC is chaired by Ms. Geraldine Ortega of La Union Vibrant Women, Inc., with members composed of representatives from the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and St. John Bosco College of Northern Luzon.

Members of the committee conducted the on-site validation on May 8, 2017 for La Union; May 10-11, 2017 for Ilocos Norte; and May 15-16, 2017 for Pangasinan.

All the Regional nominees will be awarded in the culmination of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) this coming’ September 2017.


- Nicolette May O. Amon
LGOO IV, DILG R1

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