ILOILO CITY - As one of the strategies to address violent extremism, the Department of Interior and Local Government Region VI conducted the Orientation on the Enhanced Training Module on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) to target barangays in the region.
The first to conduct the Orientation in the Provincial level was Aklan on November 12-13, with 12 target barangays at Sampaguita Gardens Resort, New Washington, Aklan. It was followed by the Province of Antique on November 14-15 in San Jose de Buenavista, with 7 participating barangays.
The orientation was also conducted in the Province of Negros Occidental with 9 Barangays and Bacolod City with 4 Barangays on November 19-20 at the Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City.
PCVE is an advocacy-oriented course which introduces its participants to the nature and operation of Violent Extremism.  Violent extremism does not only affects the peace, order, and security of local communities, but also hinders their development.

The PCVE Orientation aims to bring the Filipino people at the same page in dealing with violent extremism: with a uniform point of view and unified endeavor in preventing and countering violent extremist ideologies and activities.
The orientation expounded the following topics: Strengthening Filipino Values, Cultural Sensitivity in the Filipino Setting, Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism, Vulnerable Sectors in Radicalization and Violent Extremism, Community Anti-Terrorism Awareness (CATA) and The Bohol System and Purok System
The said topics were discussed by PSupt. Uldarico A. Garbanzos of the Philippine National Police and LGOO VI Rene D. Ato, and LGOO II Neil Paul A. Fara-on of the DILG Region 6.
Each barangay was represented by its Punong Barangay, Chief Tanod, Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman, and one Public School Teacher and PNP Officer.
The activity was rolled out to target barangays in Region 6, through the DILG Provincial Offices. (LGOO II Neil Paul A. Fara-on, DILG6)

The finish line is almost in sight for ten (10) pilot local government units in Western Visayas for the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment (CDRA) in having their DRR-CCA mainstreamed local plans, after completing the last module for CDRA, a 5-day training which ended on November 23 at Smallville21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
DILG LGCDD Chief Roselyn Quintana congratulates the LGU functionaries of the ten LGUs for withstanding the modular approach of the CDRA.
We want you to have a full grasp of the entire CDRA process that’s why we did it in a modular approach. CDRA is a tool that we are using in order for us to mainstream CCA-DRRM in our local plans. In the next 5 days, you will be learning the last steps to complete the process. This is our continuing effort to capacitate the LGUs, being the Vice Chair for Disaster Preparedness.”, said Quintana during the opening program.

“This activity is the last two (2) steps of the series of activities being undertaken by Region 6 to the ten (10) pilot LGUs in the region. For the last steps of the CDRA process, the participants identified major decision areas and their corresponding policy interventions and were able to analyze risk areas and determine adaptive capacities, thru a Disaster Risk Assessment.” said Giselle Grace Gerial, DILG DRRM Focal Person.
The Disaster Risk Assessment is a method used to determine the nature and extent of risk by analyzing potential hazards and evaluating existing conditions of vulnerability that could  potentially harm exposed people, property, services, livelihood and the  environment on which the population depend.
The same participants who attended the previous steps of the CDRA process which kicked off last June 2018, attended the training to ensure that the understanding of the process is continuous.
The City/ Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (C/MPDCs), City/Municipal Agriculturists, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs), City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs), City/ Municipal Health Officers, City/Municipal Engineers and GIS Experts/ Mappers from the local government units of Belison, Antique; Bugasong, Antique; Oton, Iloilo; Dingle, Iloilo; Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Bacolod City; Numancia, Aklan; Balete, Aklan and Dao, Capiz were invited again to attend the final module of the CDRA process.

According to DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, only Region 6 was given funding to conduct the modular approach of CDRA. This is in consonance with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 (RA 10121) which requires the LGUs to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change in development processes.
Upon completion of the CDRA process, the participants are expected to continue the processing and generation of their CDRA data when they return to their respective LGUs. Upon finalization, their CDRA outputs must be used to enhance their local plans, to include the Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan (LCCAP), Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan (LDRRMP) and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), among others.(LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

“Wala tayong choice but to prepare for calamities and disasters. Now we are going down to the community level. I hope with all your learnings in this training, sana maapply nyo po sa inyong barangay so we can showcase your practices and share to other barangays as well.” said DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda during the opening program of the Community Training-Workshop on the Establishment of Necessary Operational Readiness Systems and Structures on Nov. 14, 2018 at Smallville 21 Hotel, Iloilo City.
RD Nuyda spoke before the local functionaries, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMOs), Barangay Officials, SK Representatives and Barangay Tanods of selected barangays coming from the municipalities of Malinao, Aklan; Barbaza, Antique; Cuartero, Capiz and Sibunag, Guimaras and San Dionisio, Iloilo. The most hazard-prone barangays were chosen to participate in the training.
The activity is the third component of a special project spearheaded by DILG Region6 and funded by the Local Government Academy (LGA) geared towards a Disaster Resilient Community: Building the Operational Readiness of Riparian and Inland Communities in Western Visayas which kicked off last May.
DILG R6 DRRM Focal Person Giselle Grace Gerial said that the activity was conducted to strengthen the LGUs operational readiness especially the barangays in facing disasters and climate change related hazards of LGUs belonging to the 4th-5th income class.

The 4th-5th class income LGUs were given priority for this project based on the results of a region-wide survey administered by the Office of the Civil Defense and DILG in 2013 which showed that 4th to 5th class municipalities are highly vulnerable to the different hazards affecting the region.
A pool of trainers were invited to discuss “Bantay Panahon”, Early Warning System; Evacuation Routes; Camp Coordination and Camp Management; Roles of the Barangays in  Search, Rescue and Retrieval; Communication Flow and Organizational Structure; and the salient features of RA 10121 or the DRRM Act of 2010. The pool of trainers are composed of Mr. Ryan Bantillo from DOST, Ma. Paula P. Arlante, Capiz PDRRMO, Engr. Alex Crespo, MDRRMO-San Jose, Antique; Josie Cambel from DSWD, Mafe R. Lamasan, Guimaras PDRRMO and Michael Tolentino, MDRRMO Staff -San Jose, Antique.
Upon completion of the training, the LGUs are expected to come up with a system that would fit with the existing resources and capacities of the barangays.
The succeeding two components of this project which include simulation and drills to all affected residents of the barangays and showcasing of best practices will be held in 2019.(LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

ILOILO CITY, Nov. 20. -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will hold its regional roadshow for Federalism at Hotel del Rio and Iloilo Convention Center on November 21-22, 2018 to increase public awareness and seek support from different sectors of the community for the proposed shift to a federal form of government.
LGOO VI Aubry Fara-on, Federalism Regional Focal Person from DILG in Region 6, said the Federalism Roadshow is one of the strategies to intensify the federalism campaign in the region. It also aims to strengthen linkages and partnerships with stakeholders and relay to the public the correct information and understanding on having a Federal System
The DILG was directed to spearhead the program in advocating and campaigning for the proposed shift to a federal government in a nationwide scale. In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), DILG Region 6 will conduct a series of activities for the roadshow. The activities to be conducted are the Federalism Convention/Rally, Media Forum and Guesting, Town Hall Meeting, and Speakers Bureau Training, wherein esteemed guest speakers were invited to discuss relevant topics on Federalism.
On the first day, a media forum in the morning will take place at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City to be participated in by media practitioners across the region. Two Consultative Committee (ConCom) commissioners will serve as panelists who are Commissioners of the Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution. An open forum will be made available for the members of the media to raise their issues and concerns to the members of the Consultative Committee.
The ConCom Commissioners will have a radio guesting in the evening on various local radio stations to intensify information drive and increase public awareness about the proposed shift to federalism.
A Speakers Bureau Training will be conducted simultaneously with the media forum at the same venue to be participated by DILG Field Officers, Philippine Councilor League Chapter Presidents, representatives from National Government Agencies and DILG attached agencies, and members of Civil Society Organizations. The training will be led by Federalism experts, the ConCom Commissioners and guest speakers from the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform-Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO).
On the second day, a town hall meeting will be held still at Hotel del Rio to discuss various issues and concerns from different sectors of the communities on the proposed Federal Constitution. Local Government Officials, Sector Leaders, DILG Officers, media partners and other stakeholders were invited to join the town hall meeting.
In the afternoon, a Regional Convention Rally will be conducted at the Iloilo Convention Center to be participated by an expected crowd of 3,000 composed of sectoral groups, local government units, media partners and other stakeholders from the different provinces of Western Visayas.
DILG invites and encourages the public to participate in the roadshow in order to have a full grasp of the benefits of having a Federal form of government. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)