PAMANA Project Launched at Betwagan, Sadanga

DILG PD Anthony Ballug, Sadanga Mayor Gabino Ganggangan, Vice Mayor Joseph Apopot and the OPAPP Team during the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Betwagan Bridge and Betwagan Road in Betwagan, Sadanga, Mountain Province

DILG PD Anthony Ballug, Sadanga Mayor Gabino Ganggangan, Vice Mayor Joseph Apopot and the OPAPP Team during the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Betwagan Bridge and Betwagan Road in Betwagan, Sadanga, Mountain Province

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-CAR in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) put into effect the Memorandum of Agreement between the Philippine government and the Cordillera Bodong Administration – Cordillera Peoples Liberation Army (CPLA-CBA) dated July 4, 2011 in a ground breaking ceremony for the Betwagan Bridge and Betwagan Road project on February 6, 2013.

The project which costs 52M pesos is one of the PAMANA 2013 projects of DILG-CAR.  The completion of the bridge and the access road would give ease to the delivery and transportation of goods and services to the people of barangays Betwagan and Anabel, connecting barangay Betwagan to the national road.

DILG Provincial Director Anthony I. Ballug and OPAPP Peace Accord Monitoring Secretariat Director Alexander Umpar joined Sadanga Mayor Gabino Ganggangan and Vice Mayor Joseph Apopot in the ground breaking ceremony.  LGU officials of Sadanga and barangays Anabel and

 Betwagan together with the members  of CPLA were also present during the ceremony.  CPLA is now known as the Cordillera Forum on Peace and Development Inc. (CFPDI).  ####

DILG-CAR Press Release with reports from DILG Mt. Province

DILG-CAR News from Sunstar-Baguio Dated February 5, 2013

SUNSTAR Feb 5, 2013

Good Governance Emphasized in Kalinga Provincial Road Inauguration

RD Castañeda assisted by the Hon. Governor Jocel C. Baac and DILG Kalinga Provincial Director Francisco Gamatero cut the ribbon symbolizing the partnership between the DILG and LGUs towards local development eventually as a contribution to national development.

RD Castañeda assisted by the Hon. Governor Jocel C. Baac and DILG Kalinga Provincial Director Francisco Gamatero cut the ribbon symbolizing the partnership between the DILG and LGUs towards local development eventually as a contribution to national development.

As an advocate of development through good governance, DILG CAR RD John M. Castaňeda highlighted the role of LGUs being the engines of National Development.

He emphasized this in a message he delivered during the inauguration of the P10M Bulanao-Balong-Laya provincial road last September 10, 2012. The said project implemented thru the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) was completed on July 10, 2012.

Immediately after the blessing by Rev. Daniel Balacang of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, the completed project was officially unveiled through the cutting of the ribbon by RD Castañeda assisted by the Hon. Governor Jocel C. Baac, Hon. Vice-Governor Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang, DILG Kalinga Provincial Director Francisco Gamatero and Tabuk City Mayor Hon. Ferdinand B. Tubban.

Turning over to Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac the Key of Responsibility over the newly constructed Provincial Road, the RD expressed hope that the road would serve as a roadmap to development.

Bulanao-Balong-Laya provincial road is the 37th out of the 70 LGSF projects in the Cordillera Administrative Region scheduled for implementation and completion in 2012. The four-lane road in the provincial capital is 1,236 linear meters long envisioned to be a major thoroughfare for more economic and social improvement.

Gov. Baac, in his acceptance message, also mentioned three principles of good governance in attaining development – teamwork, participation and commitment. He said that participation from both the government and private sectors are needed in order to achieve development. The governor mentioned some of the manifestations of development in the city. Among these are the construction of the city hall, the four lanes road projects, the installation of streetlights, and the renovation of the gate of Tabuk National High School. But he also said that development should not only be seen in infrastructures but also the recovery of the province from the impression of outsiders that people in Kalinga are harmful. Nevertheless, he acknowledged the PNP for maintaining an increased level of peace and order in the city.

The Governor also commended the DILG program Seal of Good Housekeeping. He said that disclosure of records is the essence of the SGH and appreciates the program as a means of encouraging and motivating government officials to exert effort and commitment in their service. He agreed that “if you view your duties as merely works, then it is a profession but if you view your duties as commitments then it is a vocation.” as RD Castaňeda quoted the late Secretary Robredo. With Reports from DILG Kalinga

Outstanding BPOCs recognized

Cordillera Administrative Region’s outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Committees (BPOC) were recognized in a simple yet fitting ceremony prepared by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG CAR) on November 29, 2012 at the Azalea Residences, Leonard Wood Rd., Baguio City. The awarding rites was included as highlight of the 4th Quarter regular meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council chaired by Gov. Eugene Balitang of Ifugao.

The BPOC of Dalupirip, Itogon topped the list followed by that of Ambassador, Tublay both in the Province of Benguet. Barangays Dalupirip and Ambassador are also both two-time winners in two consecutive years.  Subusub, Sallapadan and Poblacion, Luba, both in the Province of Abra, were also in the Outstanding list together with Apayao’s bet Barangay Shalom in Luna. Lourdes Subdivision Extension in Baguio City was given a special award also for the second year.

Peace and Order Councilsare permanent in the barangays, municipalities, provinces and region as provided by EO No. 366 dated September 5, 1996 amending EO No. 309, s. of 1987, Entitled “Reorganizing the Peace and Order Council,” as amended by EO No. 317, s. of 1988, EO No. 320, s. of 1988 and EO No. 20, s. of 1992 and organizing the barangay peace and order committees as the implementing arm of the city/municipal peace and order council at the barangay level.”

Like the BPOCs, DILG CAR Regional Director John M Castaňeda also believes that it is not only in being recognized and winning the prize that matters but more importantly the realization that sincere and purposive efforts promote a peaceful and safe communities. The functions of BPOCs include monitoring and checking the nefarious activities of criminal elements; identifying barangay constituents with strong deviant behavior for referral to appropriate authorities; formulating plans and recommending such measures which will improve or enhance peace and order and public safety in their area of responsibility; and  monitor, coordinate and supervise the operation of all community-based anti-crime movements within the barangay.

This is the second year the Search for Outstanding BPOCs was staged by the DILG CAR hoping to present exemplars of BPOCs working to ensure order and safety in the barangays.

The nominees for the Outstanding BPOCs were assessed by representatives from the Police Regional Office, National Police Commission, NGO/PO/CSO and the academe. For this year, representatives from the Northern Luzon Federation of Cooperative Development Center, Inc. (NorLu CEDEC) and the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) were invited to be raters.

LGUs to audit Infrastructures in their AORs

Local Government Units will find time to appraise buildings and other structures in their areas of responsibility as a step towards disaster preparedness. A team consisting of engineers and planners will be led by their local chief executives to eventually classify infrastructures for purposes of keeping the occupants and users safe.

 This was a general commitment made by the 48 participants to the Seminar Workshop on Infrastructure Audit for LGUs in the Cordillera Administrative Region conducted at Ridgewood Hotel, Baguio City on November 6-9,  2012 by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Speakers in the four-day seminar workshop were seasoned practitioners of structural and civil engineering representing the DILG Office of Project Development Services (OPDS), Association of Structural Engineers in the Philippines (ASEP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE). Scientists from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhilVOLCS)  and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MGB DENR) were also speakers and served as panelists during the open forums.

They discussed assessment of structures, possible hazards and methods of risk prevention and mitigation. The participants, who were municipal, provincial engineers, planning and development coordinators and local government operations officers, also had the chance to actually assess and audit three different kinds of buildings in the DILG CAR compound aside from consulting with the experts on structural engineering.

Seminar workshops like this Infrastructure Audit support Republic Act 10121 also known as “An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, providing for the national disaster risk reduction and management framework and institutionalizing the national disaster risk reduction and management plan.”

LGUs in CAR comply with Annual Report Order

All provinces and the two cities of the Cordillera Administrative Region have complied with the Local Government Code order to submit an annual report to their respective local councils and a copy of it to the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Eighty three per cent (83%) of the 75 municipalities and 79% of barangays in the region submitted theirs as of September 30, 2012

Section 97 of the Local Government Code provides that every local chief executive shall submit an annual report to the Sanggunian concerned on the socio-economic, political and peace and order conditions, and other matters concerning the local government unit, which shall cover the immediately preceding calendar year. A copy of the report shall be forwarded to the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Component cities and municipalities shall likewise provide the Sangguniang Panlalawigan copies of their respective annual reports.

Thru a Memorandum Circular the DILG incorporated the use of data gathered thru the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) in the Local Government Code – prescribed annual report renaming it the State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) but retaining most of the required contents.  This SLGR is a document that can provide basic information and data to the local officials, functionaries and all stakeholders for practical planning and resource allocation.

The LGPMS is a self assessment tool of LGU performance areas namely Administrative, Social, Economic, Environmental Governance and Valuing Fundamentals of Good Governance. It also assesses the service areas of local governance which are local legislation, development planning, revenue generation, resource allocation and utilization, customer service, human resource management and development, health service, support to education, support to housing and basic utilities, peace, security and disaster risk management, support to agriculture sector, support to fishery services, entrepreneurship, business and industry promotion, forest ecosystem management, freshwater ecosystem management, coastal marine ecosystem management, urban ecosystem management, transparency, participation and finance accountability.

Ratings in the LGPMS form part of criteria for Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, an award given to LGUs in recognition of their excellence in local governance.

SGH Proves Good Performance

Baguio Midland Courier – September 29, 2012

To some it is a mere plaque, but the Seal of Good Housekeeping awarded to the city government, which is placed at the city hall lobby, will assure residents that the city is going towards good governance.

                During the launching of the 112th Philippine Civil Service Commission anniversary, Department of the Interior and Local Government Field Office Director Evelyn Trinidad said, “The award conferred to the city in 2011 by the late Secretary Jesse Robredo ensures accountability and transparency in government transactions.”

                The Good Housekeeping seal is a program where DILG recognizes local government units that follow the steps towards the full disclosure campaign of the government.

                “The city will continue to move towards transparency and good governance to be more responsive to the needs of its constituents,” Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who received the award in 2011, said.

                “Let’s all do our responsibilities and our functions well so that the public will be satisfied with our services,” he said.

                CSC-CAR OIC Director George Manzano confirmed the city government has been complying with requirements set forth by CSC guidelines and Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 (ARTA).

                Surprise monitoring has been conducted by the CSC and DILG in offices of the city government to complete the Report Card Survey (RCS), which is a major component for a good housekeeping.

                In Administrative Order 99, s. 2012, Domogan also created a monitoring team to strengthen the implementation of the ARTA in the city.

                Domogan said evaluation is necessary to see if the city government is doing its functions well.

                “We still have a lot to improve on. It’s part of the challenge,” he said.

                Human Resource Management Officer Estrella Bisquerra, a member of the local inspection team, said the city government is complying with the ARTA, a component of which is the posting of no-noon break and no fixer signs, citizen’s charter, and office flow charts.

                Bisquerra added the offices have also put in place their own information desks aside from the main public assistance desk at the city hall lobby.

                The mayor however said one of the challenges he seeks to accomplish is the personality development of each employee.

                “One bad employee can be seen as the whole organization would be unfair, and it happens,” Domogan said.

                “We should also protect the image of the organization we represent. It is part of the challenge. We should always strive to improve ourselves for the better. “ – Paul T. Rillorta

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