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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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DILG R1 conducted Refresher Course on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Work

DILG Region I conducted the first batch of the Refresher Course on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Work: Guide for Local Government and Contact Tracers on May 16, 2022.

The activity is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and that aims to provide updates on the  new policies and strategies of the government against COVID-19 to the Contact Tracers.

Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D, CESO III on her opening message that it is very important and crucial because we need to be always prepared due to the new variants of the SARSCov-2 and Contact Tracing is one of the effective strategies to stop the transmission.

The said activity is being attended by the CMLGOOs, DILG-DOLE-LGU-hired Contact Tracers, PNP and BFP Officers acting as Contact Tracers, Local Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (LESUs), Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERTS), and LGU volunteers of the Province of Ilocos Sur.

The activity will be in four (4) batches, Batch 2 will be Ilocos Sur scheduled on May 17, Batch 3 will be La Union on May 18, 2022 and the Batch 3 is Pangasinan on May 19, 2022.

By: LGOO IV Liza May A. Colisao

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LGRRC 1 conducts Library Management Orientation for DILG R1 Personnel

The Local Governance Regional Resource Center 1 (LGRRC) thru the Multimedia and Knowledge Facility in partnership with the St. Louis College (SLC), City of San Fernando, La Union conducted the Orientation on Library Management for DILG RO1 Personnel on April 21, 2022.

Resource Speakers were Ms. Ligaya N. Caranay, Mr. Michael John C. Batuang, and Mr. Kenneth Mare C. Gangey, Registered Librarians from the SLC. The topics discussed include the Library Objectives, Vision and Mission, Administration and Human Resources; Collection, Management and Organization, and Services; Information Technology-Based Services and Collaboration.

Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, in her message, extended her gratitude to the SLC management for such another meaningful engagement that will surely support the LGRRC’s knowledge management and sharing strategies. RD Daquioag added that there is a need to update the LGRRC 1 Library as well as skills of the members in order to catch-up with the current advancements. This will also enable the DILG R1 to efficiently and effectively deliver its services to its clients.

The orientation was attended by the LGRRC1 Team Members from the Regional and Provincial Offices.

Participants of the said activity are now equipped with the basic concepts in Library and Information Science and on how to manage information resources in print, non-print, electronic, and digital formats. Part of the discussions also enabled the participants to be aware on how to properly organize, conserve, and preserve information objects, documents, and other intellectual properties.

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DILG R1 conducts virtual info drive on responsible voting for youth

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region 1 (DILG-R1) conducted a virtual Information Drive on Responsible Voting of the Youth and the 2022 Elections for the members of the Sangguniang Kabataan and other youth organization in the region last April 18, 2022.

The voter’s education drive aims to help voters, particularly the youth, in deciphering which information to consider when selecting the candidates to be elected into public office.

The said drive is likewise seen to empower the youth with knowledge regarding significant factors that may affect their decision, and ensure their participation in deciding for the future of the country on the 2022 National and Local Elections.

The said virtual info drive was made possible in partnership with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE Philippines) and National Youth Commission (NYC).

You can watch the replay on our the DILG-R1 Facebook page through https://www.facebook.com/dilgregion1/videos/726760615404724

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GENERAL ORIENTATION ON THE THIRD-PARTY MONITORING GUIDELINES of the Local Government Support Fund – Support to the Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP)

To ensure a successful conduct of inspection and validation of the 2021 Local Government Support Fund – Support to the Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) projects and programs, the DILG Program Management Offices (PMOs) of the Localization of Executive Order No. 70 (LEO 70) Program and the Support for the Local Governance Program (SLGP) held a virtual GENERAL ORIENTATION ON THE THIRD-PARTY MONITORING GUIDELINES to all DILG Regional Offices’ concerned representatives/focal persons from the PDMU, FAD, LGCDD, and SLGP via Zoom teleconferencing on March 25, 2022.

Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) is sought to conduct to ensure transparent, accountable, and responsive implementation of the SBDP. This will be carried out by an accredited non-government entity and provide independent perspective on project performance and shall augment existing monitoring capacities of the Department.

Deployment of TPM shall take place on July to December of this year covering all infrastructure and non-infrastructure LGSF- Support to the Barangay Development Program projects reported as completed and/or ongoing.

The LGSF-SBDP is the Government’s priority program to usher development and deliver basic services to conflict-affected barangays that lagged due to the terror caused by the CPP-NPA Terrorists. For 2021, 822 barangay beneficiaries that were cleared from the communist insurgency are provided with 20 million pesos each for their priority projects. For region 1, Barangay Baluarte, Salcedo and Barangay Nagbettedan of Santo Domingo in the Province of Ilocos Sur are among the identified barangay beneficiaries for FY 2021.

Aldrin Nolasco
DMO III

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Asec Macario spearheaded CSBP in Region 1

Asec. Alexander L. Macario, the Assistant Secretary for Public Safety and Security spearheaded the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) Regional Working Group (RWG) Meeting on March 1, 2022 at Jorisan Waterfront Resort, Bauang, La Union.

The Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) provides different types of benefits and assistance, such as special financial assistance, scholarship, special welfare assistance, health and medical care assistance, shelter assistance and employment assistance to the families of soldiers Killed in Action and Wounded in Action (KIA/WIA).

The Regional Working Group (RWG) is composed of the following:  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Housing Authority (NHA), PhilHealth and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

PANOORIN: Ang inyong gabay upang makamit ang Safety Seal Cerification ng inyong ahensya o establisyimento

Alam niyo na ba kung ano ang Safety Seal? Tara at pag-usapan natin ito! Panoorin ang Infomercial patungkol sa Safety Seal, handog sa atin ng DILG Region 1 at LGRRC 1 na naghihikayat sa lahat ng establisyimento (pamahalaang lokal, pribadong establisyimento, ahensya ng gobyerno, at iba pa) na mag-apply at maging Safety Seal Certified!

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DILG R1 joins the S.A.F.E. NLE 2022 launching

February 17, 2022- The Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Office I (DILG RO I) represented by Assistant Regional Director Agnes A. de Leon, CESO V and LGMED Chief Rhodora G. Soriano joined the Philippine National Police Regional Office I (PNP PRO1), Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Regional Office I, religious leaders, and other concerned stakeholders in the Launching of Safe, Accurate, Free/Fair National and Local Elections (SAFE NLE) 2022 with the theme “Ako ang Simula ng Pagbabago” at the PRO1 Grandstand, Camp BGen Oscar M Florendo, Parian, City of San Fernando, La Union.

“Let us continue our collaborative efforts by doing our parts as government agencies, non-government organizations, and community leaders to ensure a violent-free, secure, and peaceful May 2022 elections” said ARD de Leon in her message. She added that “It is not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies.” ARD de Leon emphasized the important role of each and everyone to have a SAFE NLE.

The activity aimed to promote and enjoin concerned agencies and stakeholders for a safe, accurate, free and fair elections this coming May 9, 2022. PMGen Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr., the Director for Comptrollership of the PNP and at the same time the guest of honor and speaker, stressed that the PNP supports the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for a clean election this year.

Making the event more meaningful and symbolic, aside from the Interfaith Prayer for NLE 2022, there were lighting of the SAFE candles and pinning of SAFE 2022 pin, manifesto signing, benediction of religious leaders, and the releasing of white doves. 

The launching was participated by officials and personnel from the PNP, COMELEC, PCG, DILG, 702nd IB of PA, PPCRV, NAMFREL, and different religious organizations headed by Most Reverend Daniel Oca Presto, D.D., Bishop, Diocese of City of San Fernando, La Union; IMAM Zainal Macapundag, President Muslim Center, City of San Fernando, La Union; and Pastor Romeo B. Garcia, La Union Provincial President, Faith-based Advocacy Support Group. LGOO VII Rhodora G. Soriano

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DILG RO IS SAFETY SEAL RE-CERTIFIED

On February 15, 2022, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Regional Office I (DILG RO I) is again awarded the Safety Seal for its sustained compliance to the requirements of the Safety Seal Certification Program (SSCP).

The assessment was conducted by the City Safety Seal Inspection and Certification Team composed of LGOO II Michael John F. Borja and AdA IV Roger Christian S. Macalino from DILG City Office, SFO2 Mar-Jeffrey J. Pascua from BFP-CSF, and PAT Menchie C. Dela Cruz from PNP-CSF. LGOO VI/HEA Marife M. Doculan assisted the team as they inspected the adherence of the Regional Office to the requirements of the SSCP.

The Safety Seal Certification is a voluntary certification scheme which affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or integrates its contact tracing with StaySafe.ph.

Katrina F. Florentin, QMS Officer

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RD Julie, an exemplar and inspiration to MMSU and DILG

Embodying the core values of integrity, commitment, responsiveness, and excellence in public service has made DILG R1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D., CESO III as one of the 2020 Distinguished Alumn   i of Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).

RD Julie received the award during the MMSU’s Pammigbig ken Pammadayaw Year III virtual ceremony on February 15, 2022 as part of the MMSU’s 44th Foundation Anniversary. She was awarded along with the other eight (8) distinguished alumni who have brought great distinction to the University through their significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored its legacy of excellence.

RD Julie, who finished her doctorate degree in MMSU in 2001 is truly a living exemplar for demonstrating exceptional leadership as she led the dynamic DILG Regional Office 1 and 3 towards promoting excellence in local governance and enhancing service delivery for local government units to become transparent, socially-protective and resilient LGUs.

With her “get it first, get it fast, and get it right” mantra that she incessantly emphasizes to her fellow Matitino, Mahuhusay, and Maaasahang DILG personnel and her strength of spirit, manifested through her focused efforts to implement the programs, projects, and activities of the DILG has led to the attainment of unparalleled success for the organization.

The Alumni Award System is designed to recognize and celebrate the ideals of the University which are continually kept alive by those who have gone through the portals of the University. MMSU commits itself to the active promotion of this award in the hope that these outstanding Stallions may become living exemplars of the objectives of the University which will serve as inspiration to future alumni.

The nine (9) MMSU alumni awardees were subjected to the following general criteria: 50% excellence (demonstrating excellence in the degree pursued/chosen career; presents notable accomplishments and exemplary performance that has substantial impact in the lives of people; exhibits creative and innovative works; presents awards and commendations received); 20% Integrity (epitomizes moral uprightness; upholds dignity and prestige of the Alma Mater; maintains beneficial mutual relationship with Alma Mater; and strengthens the bond of brotherhood and goodwill among Alumni); and lastly, 30% Service (contributes to the attainment of the Vision and Mission of the Alma Mater; and works for the welfare of humanity). 

Congratulations RD Julie! Truly, a living exemplar and inspiration to MMSU and DILG!

--LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro

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