A team headed by the new OIC Regional Director of DILG Region 6, Engr. Ariel O. Iglesia, has been hopping from province to province to conduct a Barangay Summit on Good Governance around the region from January 15-24, 2019.
“Napakalaki po ng role ng mga barangay officials. Kayo po ang mga development managers, program implementers at service providers. Sana po ang lahat ng inyong matututunan sa Barangay Summit ay magagamit sa pagkakaroon ng matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay." said DILG R6 OIC-Regional Director Engr. Ariel O. Iglesia before thousands of barangay officials who participated in the series of activities.
A total of 4,353 participants from all over Western Visayas composed of Punong Barangays, Liga ng mga Barangay Presidents, DILG personnel, highly esteemed guests and resource speakers gathered to attend the summit conducted in all provinces in the region.
Highlighting the crucial role of barangay as the basic planning and implementing unit of the government’s programs, projects and activities in the community, the Barangay Summit provided a platform for all the elected Punong Barangays to discuss the current thrusts of the government.
The summit focuses on the inherent role of the barangays in preventing illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, and violent extremism. The activity also supports the quest of the current administration to transform our country from a unitary form of government to a Federal form.

“This barangay summit gives an opportunity for the Punong Barangays to interface with key officials of the DILG.” said Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division (LGMED) Chief Maricel Bechayda.
Usec.Martin Dino (Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs), Asec. Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri (Asst. Secretary for External and Legislative Affairs) and Asec. Roosque Calacat (Asst. Secretary for Barangay Affairs and Partnership) among others, were the notable speakers during the activity.
Asec Echiverri stressed the compensation and benefits of barangay officials as provided in the Local Government Code of 1991, which includes honorarium and allowances; Christmas bonus; free hospitalization in public hospitals; free education of children in State Universities and Colleges; death and burial benefits, and grant of appropriate civil service eligibility. In addition, Echiverri reminded them of their duties and functions as Punong Barangays.
Usec Martin Dino, former punong barangay for 13 years, shared his experience on how he fought corruption in his time. He encouraged all the Punong Barangays to do the same.
“Punong Barangays are persons in authority and they should follow the law.” said Usec Dino as he talks about barangay officials being suspended and dismissed because of corruption acts. This was seconded by Asec. Roosque Calacat who urged the barangay officials to curb corruption which usually starts at the barangay level.
“The barangays are the first to spot corrupt practices”, he said.
Asec. Calacat added that the reason why there is still so much poverty in the country is because of corruption.
At the grassroots level, barangay officials manage huge amount of funds from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) which is the annual share of local government units out of the proceeds from national internal revenue taxes. Apart from the IRA, barangays also have taxing powers. With so much money at stake, the barangays are prone to corruption practices and the current administration strengthens its advocacy to prevent it.
On the other hand, as the lead agency in the campaign for federalism, DILG advocates the benefits of having a Federal form of government as discussed by DILG Region 6 Legal Officer Atty. Cedric Jaranilla.
“Federalism is not the only solution to poverty, inequality and instability but it is a practical solution.” said Atty. Jaranilla.

Also present were invited speakers from the PNP, AFP and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Peace and Security who discussed the barangay’s role against criminality, prevention of violent extremism and understanding the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). The topics aimed to equip the barangay officials with knowledge on how to maintain peace and order in their respective barangays.
The local chief executives, their representatives and other local officials warmly welcomed the team in their respective provinces. The Governors of Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Guimaras graced the activity with their presence, as well as Negros Occidental’s Vice Governor and Iloilo City Mayor to show their support and urged the Punong Barangays to perform their duties as elected officials.
The series of activities, with a total of six (6) legs of the Barangay Summit, were conducted in order to enhance the capacities of the barangay officials in Western Visayas. This is to further improve their performance and enable them to effectively and efficiently deliver services to their constituents while still being in line with the current thrusts of the administration. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

DILG Region 6 conducted a Regional Roll-out Orientation on Barangay Advocacy on the Prevention of Corruption for the members of selected Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Western Visayas To support and ensure the effective implementation of the advocacy on the prevention of corruption at the barangay level.  The said activity was held last December 6-7, 2018 at The Mansion Hotel, Iloilo City.
“The CSOs are recognized by the department as third-party monitors and partners of the local government units in promoting good governance particularly in active community participation, transparency, responsiveness and accountability”, said Runiel Reel Matorres, Regional Focal Person for the Barangay Advocacy on the Prevention of Corruption.
This advocacy is in line with the thrusts of the current administration to actively combat against corruption through information and education campaigns and community organizations and mobilization.
Through the activity, the Civil Society Organizations were provided with a deeper understanding on good governance and its relation in preventing corruption. The participants were also oriented on their roles in the fight against anti-corruption, legal measures and institutional mechanisms, and the different entry points where they can participate in the prevention of corruption. These were discussed by personnel from DILG Region 6.
Furthermore, invited speakers from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Office of the Ombudsman shed light on preventing corruption through efficient government service delivery and the role of the Office of the Ombudsman in the fight against corruption.
The participants are expected to know their duties and responsibilities specifically in monitoring various activities in the barangay such as the conduct of Barangay Assembly Day, compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy, setting-up of Citizen’s Charter and reporting of activities that perpetuate corruption practices.
During the activity, DILG ARD Maria Calpiza Sardua emphasized the critical role in rallying barangays to be reliable and proactive partners in advancing the government’s priority thrusts in anti-corruption. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)

ILOILO CITY- The Department of the Interior and Local Government Region VI once again awards the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Local Governance awards through the annual Pagdayaw held last December 12, 2018 at Diversion 21 Hotel Iloilo City with a theme “Pagpapaigting sa Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal, Tugon sa Hamon ng Pagbabago”.
This year’s theme is just fitting as the Department recognizes the Best Performing Local Government Units of the Region showcasing their accomplishments and best practices in the areas of local legislation, administration, social services, economic development and environmental management.

For 2018, the Province of Negros Occidental was awarded as the Best Performing Province, while the Provinces of Capiz and Antique were declared as 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up respectively. The Province of Negros Occidental likewise bagged the Excellence in Economic Governance and Environmental Governance. Excellence in Administrative Governance was awarded to the Province of Capiz; Excellence in Local Legislation went to the Province of Antique and Excellence in Social Governance was conferred to the Province of Aklan. The Ordinance Creating the Sugar Migratory Workers Desk of the Province of Antique was recognized as the Most Innovative Best Practice in the field of Local Legislation.
In the City Category, the Best Performing Local Government Unit is the City of Passi, Iloilo. It also garnered the Excellence in Social Governance and the Most Innovative Best Practice in Social Governance for its HANDUM Scholarship Program. The City of Iloilo placed second as Best Performing City and took home the Excellence in Administrative Governance. While the City of Bago placed third as Best Performing City and won the Excellence in Economic Governance and the Most Innovative Best Practice in Economic Governance for its Rice Development Program. The City of San Carlos was named as the winner for Excellence in Local Legislation and Excellence in Environmental Governance.
Moreover, for the 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category, the Municipality of Oton, Iloilo was named as Best Performing 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category. The Municipality of Oton, Iloilo also ranked first in the area of Administrative Governance. On the other hand erstwhile winner Kalibo Aklan placed 1st Runner-up as Best Performing LGU in this category and also took home the Excellence in Local Legislation and Excellence in Economic Governance Awards. Municipality of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental was declared 2nd Runner-up as Best Performing 1st-3rd Class Municipality and champion in the area of Social Governance. While the Excellence in Environmental Governance trophy for 1st-3rd Class Municipality Category went to the Municipality of Bugasong Antique.
In the 4th-6th Class Municipality Category, the Municipality of Bingawan, Iloilo was named as the Best Performing LGU in this category. The Municipality also won the awards for Excellence in Administrative Governance, Excellence in Environmental Governance and the Most Innovative Best Practice in Administrative Governance for its Pamangkutanon sa Banwa Program. The Municipality of Anilao place second as Best Performing 4th-6th Class Municipality and won the Excellence in Local Legislation, Economic Governance and Social Governance Awards. Rank 3 in the Best Performing 4th-6th Class Municipality Category went to the Municipality of Anini-y, Antique.
Lastly, the Province of Iloilo, Municipality of San Jose de Buenavista, Antique and Municipality of Tubungan, Iloilo were awarded the Plaque of Sustainability. Plaque of Sustainability is conferred to the local government unit that after acquiring the Hall of Fame, was able to sustain its high performance based on the current indicators of Excellence in Local Governance Awards.
DILG Key Officials join Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (3rd from left) in receiving the award of the Province of Negros Occidental as Best Performing Province in the Excellence in Local Governance Awards of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6. (LGOO VI Ildefonso M. Orquejo, Jr., DILG6)
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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)