In commemoration of the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991, October has been declared as the Local Government Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 63, series of 1992. This year’s theme “Nagmamalasakit na Pamahalaang Lokal: Sandigan ng Maunlad at Ligtas na Pamayanan”, reflects the vitality of the local government units being the building blocks of national development as they enjoy the 27 years of local autonomy.
In this year’s celebration, DILG Region 6 lined up back-to- back activities to highlight the inherent roles of the LGUs in nation building. The month-long celebration kicked off with a series of events starting with a Forum on Anti-Illegal Drugs, Criminality and Violent Extremism and Awarding of the 2018 Search for the Outstanding Barangay Tanod and Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards.
Almost a thousand participants filled the seats of the Iloilo Convention Center to witness the recognition and giving of honors to the brave agents of peace and order, the Barangay Tanods and the Lupong Tagapamayapa. At the same time, their hard work were reinforced by advocating the government’s effort on the campaign against illegal drugs and increase awareness on the issues concerning violent extremism.
In his welcome remarks, DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda emphasized that the awareness of the community in the different threats to peace and security currently being experienced by the country like illegal drugs, corruption and violent extremism, to name a few, should be given utmost importance.
Among the guest speakers during the program were DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Usec. Martin B. Dino who encouraged all barangay officials to actively participate in the war against illegal drugs; PDEA Region 10 Director Wilkins M. Villanueva who discussed the change of focus from pursuing big suppliers of illegal drugs to penetrating the market itself, the barangays; and NAPOLCOM Commissioner Felizardo M. Serapio Jr. who emphasized the importance of collaboration amongst local government units, law enforcement and the local community to maintain peace and order.
One of the highlights of the activity is the unveiling of winners for the 2018 Search for the Outstanding Barangay Tanod and Lupong Tagapamayapa. DILG Provincial Director Teodora Sumagaysay congratulated the winners and expressed hope that the awards serve as motivations for all barangay officials and Lupong Tagapamayapa to continuously enhance their capabilities to perform excellently in their line of work and be of service in their respective communities.
DILG R6 did not rest on their laurels as they capped off the LGC Code celebration with a Regional Local Government Quiz which aims to heighten awareness on the different undertakings of the Department as part of its mandate as an enabler and facilitator in propelling excellence in local governance.
At least fifty (50) contestants composed of the Sangguniang Kabataan, City/Municipal Functionaries and Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs) coming from all provinces and highly urbanized cities in Region 6 competed in the 5th Regional Quiz on October 29 at Festive Mall in Iloilo City.
The winners received a plaque and cash prizes after competing in the easy, medium and difficult rounds covering questions on the provisions of the Local Government Code, DILG Major Programs, Katarungang Pambarangay Law and National Laws and Issuances Affecting LGUs. This learning event was pioneered in Region 6 and became another avenue in
Following the Regional LG Quiz is a Local Governance Forum on October 30 dubbed as the Development Talk (DevTalk), held in Diversion21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
“The forum serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for the region covering various facets of local governance, and the different factors that affect them.” said RD Anthony Nuyda.
This year’s DevTalk themed, “The Ease of Doing Business, Boosting Competitiveness” focused on the discussion of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery (EODB-EGSD) for Local Government Units and the Launching of the Bantay Korapsyon Program of the department. This is part of the campaign for RA 11032 or the EODB Act of 2018.
Asec. Marivel Sacendoncillo, Assistant Secretary for Local Government, during her keynote message and presentation of the Bantay Korapsyon Program said that in order to encourage businesses and companies to come to the provinces, cities and municipalities, there should be an honest and accountable local governance. “Dapat hindi magulo at kumplikado, walang naghihintay at walang maglalagay”, she added.
The initiatives of different National Government Agencies in the implementation of RA 11032 or the EODB Act of 2018 were presented by their respective Directors. For DILG, Dir. Anna Liza F. Bonagua, Director of the Bureau of Local Government Development, Atty. Rodolfo Encajonado, CSC Region 6 Director for the Civil Service Commission and Dir. Rebecca M. Rascon, DTI Region 6 Regional Director for the Department of Trade and Industry.
Arch. Edison Ching Padilla was invited to share Valenzuela City’s best practice in terms of business permits processing, thePhilippines’ first fully automated building and construction permits application and electronic payment system known as the 3S Plus Program and The Drop Box System to inspire LGUs in Region 6 to do the same.
These activities were conducted successfully by DILG Region 6 to promote the gains and successes of local government units since the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991.