CONCEPCION, Iloilo – The various Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) projects of the Department of the Interior and Local Government have already benefited residents of the barangays since its implementation in year 2013.   In the Municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo, the BuB 2016 Core Road Project is Farm to Market Road and the beneficiary is Sitio Amomo-ong, Barangay Aglosong where a turn-over ceremony was held last January 3, 2018.

The ceremony was attended by the local officials of Concepcion, Iloilo headed by Mayor Milliard S. Villanueva and Vice Mayor Rainer Balida and the DILG Officials namely LGOO VI Susan Balsamo, Cluster Head; OIC MLGOO Ma. Cris Velmida Gianzon; Engr. Romie Potot, DILG R6 PDMU Chief; and the Sanguniang Barangay Members headed by Punong Barangay Nestor Molejona of Barangay Aglosong.

This 1.7km farm to market road has an allocated budget of PHP 15,000,000.00 from the 2016 BuB-Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) Program and LGU counterpart amounting to PHP 2,100,000.00. The project kicked off on February 2017 and was completed on November 2017.

Mayor Villanueva emphasized that, they do not mind providing counterpart since that is the essence of the project. They are as well, eager to provide for the operations and maintenance of the project, so that the maximum benefits will definitely be enjoyed by the constituents.

"Agriculture is the prime industry of Aglosong because it is an agricultural barangay and almost all, if not all of the household are dependent on agriculture. We have prioritized Aglosong because it has the greatest farmer beneficiaries", Mayor  Villanueva said.

The beneficiaries have shown great appreciation to the project, "We have a tricycle before and travelling back then was very strenuous. I used to get off the tricycle to push it because the road was impassable. Our road was muddy with deep holes but now, we are so thankful to Mayor Villanueva and the DILG that through them we were granted a better road, a road that would be easy for us to travel even at night, that if there is an emergency it would be easy for us to reach the hospital," shared by Mrs Marilou Martinez, a native of Brgy Aglosong.

"It was so difficult for us to transport our products to the town center, because of the bad road, our products easily get spoiled. Now, we are very thankful for this project, we can easily transport our products directly to the town center." added by Mrs. Rema Trinidad, one of the beneficiaries of the project.
 
Mayor Villanueva expressed his appreciation to the DILG for the constant monitoring on the progress of the project in the LGU. "We would like to have this kind of projects in the future of the same type, particularly the farm to market road.  The financial assistance given to us is very beneficial considering that our resources cannot afford to finance the whole project," Mayor Villanueva said. (Angelyn P. Labor, DILG6)


ILOILO CITY - As the country marks the 121st death anniversary of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal,  Hon. Jose Espinosa III, Iloilo City Mayor,  led the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal in Plaza  Libertad, Iloilo City on  December 30, 2017.
According to Mayor Espinosa,  Rizal was an embodiment of what a Filipino is and will be, “Rizal made a supreme sacrifice of giving his life,” said the mayor.
Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag, Regional Director of PRO 6, distinguished speaker of the said ceremony quoted Rizal's most popular saying " The youth is the hope of our Motherland", however he stressed that, "We cannot let our youth  navigate the road to positive change all by themselves, older generation  must set examples and share their  wisdom that culled from years of experience and learning from their  mistakes, so that they can show a better road to the younger generations, thus,  a well-guided youth is the hope of our motherland!"

A cultural presentation by the Iloilo Prima Galaw Productions portraying the life story of the national hero highlighted the ceremony.  The ceremony commenced with the releasing of the yellow and blue balloons symbolizing the freedom of the city against drugs.

Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon , DILG R VI Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, LGU, PNP and school officials, and representatives from Girl and Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Veterans Federation of the Philippines, and Senior Citizens’ Organization, among others, graced the ceremony as well.  (Angelyn P Labor, DILG 6)


Members of the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) of Regions 6 of the  Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Program conducted a two-day Project Monitoring and Site Visit and the 4th Quarter Meeting for FY 2017 in the Province of Aklan and Antique last November 15-16, 2017.
Among the projects visited were Improvement of Sira-an Hot Spring and Health Resort in the Municipality of Anini-y, Antique under the Department of Tourism, Evacuation Center and Potable Water Supply System (Level II) in Libertad Antique and Revetment Wall and Evacuation Center in Tangalan, Aklan under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Part of the project monitoring and site visit is the conduct of Focused Group Discussion (FGD) with the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) members of the LGU and One-on-One interview with the beneficiaries of the project. Project implementation, project functionality and project satisfaction are the main output that were culled out from the discussion.
The team utilized the second day to discuss issues concerning the implementation of BUB projects in Western Visayas. Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, Regional Director, DILG 6, informed the body that even though the BUB program is to end this year, the mandatory meeting of the RPRAT is not necessary anymore but they can convene anytime as the need arises. RD Nuyda thanked the members for the relentless support to the program and requests that On-going projects will still be implemented.
Mr. Richard Villacorte, Program Manager and Mr. Glenn Miranda, Assistant Program Manager, Project Management Office graced the activity to discuss matters relating to the end of program instructions and presented the End-of-Program Report for preparation by the members. The end of program report aims to document the BUB milestones and accomplishment, success stories, identify best practices as well as the learnings in implementing the program.
On the other hand, LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on presented the accomplishment of the Region as to the implementation of BUB Projects. She also informed the members that the reporting for the status of BUB Projects in the portal (OpenBuB.gov.ph) will continue until 4th Quarter of 2018. (Vincent Villorente, DILG6)

A total of 1,115 participants from all the provinces of Region 6 was oriented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 6 on the salient features of the One Nation, One Government: Transition to Federalism Project during the Provincial Strengthening of the BADACs and Orientation on MASA MASID and Federalism. 
The activity was attended by Local Chief Executives, SB Chairmen of Committee on Peace and Order, Liga ng mga Barangay Presidents, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers, Municipal Health Officers, Chiefs of Police, CSO and Faith-based Organization representatives and City/Municipal Local Government Operations Officers of all the 134 local government units in the region.
The activity aimed to orient and share to the participants the salient features of Federalism, its basic form and structure as well as its advantages and disadvantages.
DILG R6 Federalism Resource Speakers Atty. Cedric S. Jaranilla, Engr. Carmelo F. Orbista and LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on took turns in discussing Federalism. After each presentation, an open forum was facilitated to receive feedbacks, clarifications, suggestions and questions on Federalism. Information and education campaign materials like pamphlet and brochures were also distributed to the participants after the orientation. (LGOO V Aubry F. Fara-on, DILG6)