San Jose, Antique - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Antique recently conducted a Provincial Alliance Building at the Tuburan sang Kabuhi Training Center here to establish an alliance between the provincial government and the municipalities of the Antique and to identify specific areas of cooperation.
This two-day activity became a venue to discuss development issues at the provincial level and promote collaboration among local government units (LGUs) by having a systematic means of identifying areas of convergence.
In attendance were the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs), Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (PPDC) Julie Cepe, and the municipal mayors of the municipalities of Sebaste, Barbaza, Tibiao, Belison, San Jose, Valderrama, Tobias Fornier, Sibalom and Culasi.
The participants were expected to build collaboration in crafting an inclusive and strategic Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP). They were grouped into clusters and came up with common development priority projects to be included in the PDPFP.
Cepe assured the participants that the list of priority projects, as an output of the activity, will be included in the PDPFP as long as it fits the criteria.
Considering that the funds are limited, she said projects with utmost urgency will be considered and the projects should complement each other in resolving a certain issue. She asked the commitment of the participants to help them package project proposals for projects that the provincial government cannot fund for external sourcing of funds.
Issues were raised and queries were made by the participants after each module. Some of the issues discussed are the following, (1) local chief executives’ power over the prioritization of programs and projects; (2) conflict between municipal and provincial ordinance; (3) COA audit issues on funding of programs and projects; (4) sustainability of the projects; (5) double funding by other NGAs; (6) effects of access roads to insurgency issues, (7) realignment of projects and (8) direct transfer of funds to barangays without the informing the LGU. The facilitators were able to answer the queries and provided recommendations for further improvement.
The Province of Antique is the first province to conduct the Provincial Alliance Building in Region 6.
Provincial alliance building is the third essential component of the Newly Elected Officials (NEO) Program, which is intended to capacitate LGUs in formulating a term- based development roadmap that is anchored on the national agenda.
Also present during the activity were DILG PD Victorio Pagapulan and DILG LGCDD Chief Roselyn Quintana.