The Local Government Code of 1991 mandates each local government unit to prepare a comprehensive multi-sectoral development plan to be initiated by its Local Development Council (LDC) and approved by its Sanggunian. The Department of the Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG) has been conducting activities to strengthen functionality of LDCs to align development plans and the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) particularly their corresponding investment programs with the national, regional and provincial strategic priorities.  This is part of DILG’s contribution to the localization of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year, only priority programs and projects that can directly contribute to the PDP 2017-2022 shall be considered in the budgets of the Regional Line Agencies, in compliance with the General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2018 Special Provision on the use of the Support to Local Governance Program (SLGP) and in support to Section 2.5 of the recently approved National Budget Memorandum (NBM) No. 129, ‘National Budget Call For FY 2019’.
In line with this, the DILG through the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) developed a review tool and mechanism- the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) Review Guide.
“The CDP Review Guide will enable provinces to exercise their oversight functions in objectively assessing the compliance of its component cities and municipalities to the CDP formulation guidelines and also provide a mechanism to check and inform the vertical alignment of the CDPs with the PDPFP and provincial strategic priorities to facilitate plan augmentation and complementation.” said DILG R6 Maria Calpiza Sardua.
Prior to the operationalization and institutionalization of the CDP Review Guide, preparatory activities were undertaken for its enhancement and finalization. Said review guide was subjected to a series of consultations last year in order to solicit additional comments/inputs from concerned stakeholders. As a final preparatory activity prior to its roll-out, a pilot-run was conducted at the Grand Tower Suites, in Iloilo City from February 28-March 2, 2018.
The Province of Guimaras is strategically identified as pilot province due to 100% compliance of their respective municipalities in relation to CDP preparation. Further, the relatively smaller number of municipalities of the province will provide for a more focused and manageable review exercises.

In attendance to the pilot-run activity are the members of the Provincial Review Team composed of the DILG Provincial Focal Persons and representatives from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), Provincial Social Work and Development Office (PSWDO), Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Provincial Trade and Industry Office (PTIO), Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), Provincial Budget Office (PBO) and Provincial Engineering Office (PEO). The Provincial Review Team will review and assess the CDPs of component municipalities in terms of the form, process, and content using the prescribed CDP Review Guide.
Also present are the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of Guimaras, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), DILG Central Office (BLGD) representatives and observers from Regional Inter-Agency Teams (NEDA, DBM and BLGF) and DILG Regional Focal Persons of Non-Pilot Regions who are the reactors during each of the presentation of the review outputs and will observe the process and apply the same to their respective regions.
According to DILG R6 CDP Regional Focal Person Christian Nagaynay, the experiences and learnings in the pilot run are expected to draw out additional recommendations and inputs that would contribute to the finalization of the CDP Review Guide and the development of its corresponding policy cover before it is rolled-out and disseminated to all provinces.


An expansion meeting for the implementation of the SK Mandatory Training was conducted by DILG Region 6 at Casa Real, Iloilo City on March 5, 2018. The meeting was attended by representatives of ten local State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region 6, Regional and Provincial Local Youth Development Officers (LYDOs) and a representative from the Regional Liga ng mga Barangays.
SUC representatives in Region 6 present are from the Central Philippine University (CPU), Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT), West Visayas State University (WVSU), University of the Philippines-Visayas, University of San Agustin, Aklan State University (ASU), University of Antique (UA), Capiz State University (CAPSU), Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) and University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos. These SUCs together with the LYDOs are going to manage and facilitate the conduct of the SK Mandatory Training in coordination with DILG.
“This activity is conducted to solicit partnership and commitment from the institutions that can cater to the number of elected SK officials in Region 6” said DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda.  Approximately 32,400 SK elected officials in Region 6 are expected to attend the SK Mandatory Training consisting of eight SK participants per barangay. RD Nuyda seeks the support of the partner institutions to successfully implement the SK Mandatory Training.
DILG R6 OIC-ARD Maria Calpiza Sardua added that “this meeting aims to orient the participants on their roles and responsibilities in the conduct of the SK Mandatory Training and to prepare a roll out plan/ strategies in the conduct of the training set on May 17-26, 2018.”
Region 6 needs to train 30 batches per day conducted simultaneously in 9 days, with 120-130 participants per batch. The training duration will be one day consisting of three modules. Module 1 will cover Decentralization, Local Governance, SK History and its Salient Features; Module 2: Meetings and Resolutions, Planning & Budgeting; and Module 3: Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards for Public Official and Employees.
A registration fee of Php2,000.00 per participant will be required to cover training expenses. Said training fees will be given to the LRIs by the LGU. The DILG, LGU and service provider will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) defining their roles and responsibilities.
SK Officials who failed to attend with valid reasons shall submit a written request to the local training management team of the concerned LGU for a special training which will be borne by the requesting SK Official. The special training will not go beyond June 30, 2018.
This in accordance to Republic Act No. 10742, otherwise known as the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015 which has been promulgated to institute reforms in the SK creating enabling mechanisms for meaningful youth participation. Its passage reflects the vote of the Filipino youth’s ability to lead and participate in the country’s development and encourages their involvement in public and civic affairs.
The law also provides for the capability building of the SK elected officials, for the purpose of emphasizing the role of the youth and molding them to become better citizens. Any SK official, whether elected or appointed, must undergo the SK Mandatory Training Program before he/she can assume office. Failure to attend the said training shall constitute sufficient ground to disqualify the SK official or subject them to disciplinary actions.
The SK Mandatory Training Program will be undertaken by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in coordination with the DILG. RA 10742 mandates the NYC and the DILG with the assistance of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Local Government Academy (LGA), UP-Natl. College of Public Administrations and Governance and in consultation with youth stakeholders to jointly design and implement the mandatory and continuing training programs. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

The technical and administrative divisions of the Department of the Interior and Local Government started their journey towards International Organization for Standardization or ISO accreditation.  This is to further strengthen core processes and standardize all document requirements of the office’s major functional activities.
DILG established Quality Management System (QMS) which is an expressed organizational goals and aspirations, policies, processes, documented information and resources needed to be implemented and maintained based on ISO 90001-2015.
ISO is a worldwide federation of 163 national standards bodies founded in 1947 that promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards that involve the systematic definition and management of processes and their interactions for organizations to achieve their intended results in accordance with their quality policy and strategic direction.

Orientations and workshops on the steps and expected outputs on the QMS for ISO accreditation has already started second quarter of year 2017 for DILG Region 6. Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua being the Regional Quality Management Representative or the QMR supervised the orientations and workshops that aimed at contextualizing the ISO 9001:2015- QMS. Director Sardua presented an overview of ISO 9001:2015 and discussed the steps to be undertaken by the personnel that will lead to the sustainability of current processes.
This year, on January 9-19, 2018 an Internal Quality Audit (IQA) was conducted by the IQA Team of Region 6 in the Provincial and City Offices. This was followed by the audit of the IQA Internal Audit Services or the IQA-IAS from the DILG Central Office on January 23-26, 2018 in the Regional Office.  The internal audit served as the Management Review before the conduct of external audit for the ISO accreditation.

As requirement for ISO accreditation, there is a need to conduct training by the DILG Central Office and its regional offices entitled Root-Cause Analysis and Corrective Action Plan to further improve the implementation of QMS.  Prior to that, a Post-Evaluation of QMS Audit Reports and Findings was conducted on March 19-20, 2018.  This also served as preparation for the external audit to be conducted at any given date this year.
According to DILG Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda, the ISO is required not just by the Department but by the Department of Budget and Management.  ISO Certification is required from all government offices.
“We want to improve our delivery of services to our clientele and this is through ISO which needs commitment of everyone,” RD Nuyda said.
All these are expected to contribute to the overall performance of the office and establish a sound basis for other development initiatives. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)


Barangay Igcagay being identified as one of the waterless barangays in the Municipality of Libertad, Antique with a total household of 112 is provided with 2014 Bottom-up Budgeting(BUB) Level II Water System Project amounting to approximately Php1.3M. Small communities often find it difficult to obtain the capital to construct improved water systems. As part of the BUB project implementation, the community was consulted of their needs and Brgy. Igcagay asked for a water system in their barangay funded by BUB.
Punong Barangay Enrique Artucilla said, “Malayo po ang dating pinagkukunan namin ng tubig at hindi po nasusuportahan ang buong barangay kaya humingi po ako ng tulong sa DILG. Laking pasasalamat po ng mga taga Barangay Igcagay kasi napondohan at 25 tap stands ang naipatayo sa iba’t ibang parte ng barangay.” PB Artucilla added that the water project will also extend their water distribution to the neighboring barangays and their local community is expected to have easy access to safe and potable water.
“Sana po sa ating mga barangay officials, mamamayan, at beneficiaries, yung sustainability po ng project, yung patuloy na makapagsilbi ang project na ito ay nasa inyo rin pong mga kamay. Kung aalagaan ninyo, aayusin po ang pagamit ay matagal po na mapagsisilbihan ng project na ito ang inyong community.” DILG RD Anthony Nuyda said during the inauguration of the project.
Another BUB project was implemented in Libertad, Antique and this is the 2015 BUB Construction of Evacuation Center Project amounting to approximately Php 3.2M located in Barangay Union.  The evacuation center is designed to serve as temporary dwelling for evacuees in times of disaster and calamities.
Prior to the construction of the evacuation center, residents go to schools to take refuge during typhoons and floods due to its capacity to accommodate large number of people. However, it has affected the operation of schools in the aftermath of disasters. With the completion of the new evacuation center, the residents of Libertad are now assured of a safe and comfortable shelter structurally- designed to withstand calamities.
The spacious evacuation center can accommodate over 100 evacuees with basic amenities such as potable water, electricity, comfort rooms, bedrooms, communal kitchen, dining and laundry area. The structure’s design maximizes natural light and ventilation to reduce the need for electric power which often fails during an emergency.
The two BUB projects were successfully implemented by the local government of Libertad and the local officials have been very supportive throughout the different stages of project management.  Both projects were inaugurated with the presence of DILG 6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda together with the members of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT).
“Natutuwa po ako at ang aking mga kasama sa RPRAT, na kami sa national government ay nakatulong din po sa local government at ito po ay naimplement ng maayos sa pamumuno ni Mayor Te,” said DILG RD Nuyda.
RD Nuyda also added, “BUB is a very good program and I hope for the past 5 years, it has been institutionalized, not just the infrastructure projects but the process in budgeting and planning. Sana patuloy pa ring gawin ng ating local na pamahalaan ang participatory government na inaadvocate ng DILG at ng national government offices,”
Municipal Mayor Mary Jean Te thanked the DILG for the BUB- funded projects. She emphasized that the projects have significant role in improving the lives of the people of Libertad. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato)