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 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.
LGRRC1 Conducts External KM Audit to MSAC Partners
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 thru the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) 1 conducted External Knowledge Management (KM) Audit to five (5) Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MSAC) partners via Zoom Video Conference, October 4-8, 2021.
LGOO V Euly Q. Enrique of the Local Government Academy (LGA) rendered her technical expertise on the subject matter as the resource speaker for the said audit.
The participants who joined the activity are LGRRC 1 Members, Provincial LGRC Members, and MSAC partner-representatives from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 1, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region 1, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), LGU- Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, and LGU Bauang, La Union.
The External KM Audit aims to orient the MSAC partners on KM Audit, its Components, Audit Framework, Diagnostic Activities, and Audit Tools; and for the participants to assess their own organization’s “Knowledge Management” health, “readiness” or “fitness” to “do Knowledge Management”.
KM Audit looks into organizational maturity, knowledge needs of the organization/community/network, knowledge assets or resources and where they are, knowledge gaps that exist, how knowledge flows around the organization, and the blocks to the knowledge flow, such as to what extent do people, processes and technology currently support or hamper the effective flow of knowledge.
Written By: LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro
Photo Credit: Rodolfo J. Sarranquin Jr.
DILG R1 Hosts VaxCertPH Orientation for Region I, II, and CAR
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 thru its Regional Information and Communication Technology Unit (RICTU) and Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) hosted the VaxCertPH Orientation for Region I, II, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), in preparation for the forthcoming National Roll-out of VaxCertPH, September 29.
Among the topics discussed are the Reporting and Validation Tool for LGUs, Data Quality Analysis, System Readiness, LGU Readiness, LGU Booth Preparation, and Communication Strategies.
USEC Jonathan E. Malaya, DILG Focal Person on VaxCertPH, Department of Information, Communication and Technology (DICT) Dir. Maria Theresa Camba, Hon. Benjamin Magalong, Contact Tracing Czar, ARD Agnes A. De Leon, CESO V, representing RD Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D., CESO III of DILG R1, RD Jonathan Paul M. Leusen, Jr., CESO III of DILG RII, RD Araceli A. San Jose, CESO IV of DILG-CAR, Provincial Directors, DILG Field Officers, VaxCertPH Coordinators from LGUs, as well as senior officials from the Department of Health (DOH) and other partner agencies participated in the said orientation.
Before the activity, a soft launch of VaxCertPH was held last September 3, 2021 in the National Capital Region (NCR) limited only to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and International Travelers. It was followed by the soft launch of VaxCertPH Rollout in Regions III and IV-A, Metro Cebu, and Davao City, which was scheduled last September 24, 2021.
The DICT, in coordination with other concerned agencies including the DILG, developed the VaxCertPH, a digital system and application that aims to unify the format for the issuance of the digital vaccine certificate and ensure that the same conforms to international standards.
As provided in DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2021-0951, the program will be implemented nationwide by the concerned agencies through the Local Government Units (LGUs).
Written by: LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro
EPAHP Convergence Program Ceremonial Launching
A Ceremonial Launching on the Enhanced Partnership Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) Convergence Program was held on September 10, 2021 via Google Meet. The highlight of this event was the virtual signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the Regional Directors from the following agencies as a manifestation of their support for this undertaking: DSWD, DAR, DA, DILG, DepEd, DOH, NNC, DOST, Agricultural Training Institute – Regional Training Center 1, DTI, BFAR, NIA, Phil. Crop Insurance, DA – Phil. Carabao Center at Mariano Marcos State University (Batac, Ilocos Norte), DA – Phil. Carabao Center at Mariano Marcos State University (Rosario, La Union), POPCOM, BJMP, NFA (together with Giant Agribest Trading Corporation)
The collaborative efforts of the EPAHP partners would create greater synergy and convergence in engaging the urban and rural communities to enhance social capital and optimize economic resource base through supplementary feeding and other government feeding programs, food production and livelihood programs and essential support services, including the participation of Community-Based organizations (CBOs) in government procurement as partners and/or service providers.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Chairperson of EPAHP, who was also present during the ceremonial launching, said that the small farmers and fisherfolks are the priority sectors and programs and measures of the EPAHP which may helped them cope up with the ongoing pandemic.
389 Barangays in R1 retained their status as Drug-Cleared Barangays
The Regional Oversight Committee on Barangay Drug Clearing (ROCBDC) convened at Hotel Arianna, Paringao, Bauang, La Union for the validation of barangays with drug cleared status on August 19, 2021. Out of the 389 drug-cleared barangays regionwide, Ilocos Norte has 10, Ilocos Sur has 40, La Union has 12 and Pangasinan has 327. Said barangays were declared by the Committee to have maintained their Drug Cleared Barangay status.
The ROCBDC is composed of PDEA as the Chair, DILG as Vice-Chair and the members are from PNP, DOH and Representatives from the Provinces of Pangasinan and La Union.
Aside from the validation of drug cleared status, two (2) barangays were vetted for being unaffected barangays, namely Baliw-Laud, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur and Barangay Cabalitian, Sual, Pangasinan. They are declared on a provisionary status pending submission of additional documents as required by the members of the Committee.
The Anti-Drug campaign is a continuous activity of the government even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
by: LGMED Chief Rhodora G. Soriano
“Steering” LGUs Towards Full Devolution
With the clock ticking for National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) to prepare for the full devolution prompted by the signing of the Executive Order No. 138 series of 2021 by Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 1 headed by Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag, Ph.D., CESO III and Assistant Regional Director Agnes A. De Leon, CESO V took the first step in “steering” the LGUs of Region 1 towards full devolution by conducting a one-day regional orientation on the preparation of Local Government Unit Devolution Transition Plan (LGU-DTP) via zoom video conference on August 10, 2021.
The purpose of the activity was to apprise the provincial, city, and municipal participants on the prescribed components, processes, and mechanisms in preparation of LGU DTPs, as well as in filling-out the necessary forms; and capacitate City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) in providing coaching assistance in the formulation of LGU DTPs.
“The Executive Order No. 138 is a huge and new milestone for all of us,” RD Daquioag said during her opening message. She expressed her gratitude to all of the participants for joining the orientation. She encouraged the LGUs to clarify matters in order to have a common understanding in the preparation of their LGU DTPs.
The regional orientation was divided into three (3) sessions. Session 1 focused on the following topics: 1) Overview of the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court Ruling and EO No. 138 series of 2021; 2) Communications Plan Strategy: Key Messaging and Branding; 3) Capacity Development (CapDev) Agenda Process. Session 2 covered the Guidelines in the preparation of LGU DTPs and the Components of the LGU DTP . Resource speakers during the 1st and 2nd session came from DILG Region 1 and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 1.
During the last session, representatives from the National Government Agencies (NGAs) in Region 1 presented their draft DTPs to give LGUs heads up on the possible functions, services, and facilities that will be devolved to them.
Among the NGA representatives who presented their respective draft DTPs are Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 1, Department of Health (DOH) Region 1, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 1, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The regional orientation was participated by DILG Provincial Offices, DILG Field Officers, concerned NGAs, and LGUs.
By: LGOO II Jeslen B. Tesoro