ILOILO City – Local government units in Region 6 were urged and guided on how to align their provincial and municipal plans, on projects, programs and activities (PPAs) to the goals and vision of the national government.
The Western Visayas Region was the first in the Philippines to conduct the Regional Workshop on National/Regional Strategic Priorities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Alignment on August 1-2, 2017.

The activity aimed to ensure that the plans formulated and proposed by the LGUs are coherent with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 or the Presidential Agenda, which was anchored on Ambisyon Natin 2040 – the national long term vision of the government.

The SDG goals, targets and indicators were likewise incorporated into the recently approved PDP.

“We don’t want to make plans just for the sake of making them. We want our plans to be anchored on the vision of the national government. We want to come up with relevant PPAs,” urged Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, DILG 6 Regional Director.

Ninety-four (94) participants from the local government units, DILG and other National Government Agencies participated in the two-day workshop conference held at MO2 Westown Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Participants from the LGUs were the members of the Executive Committee of the Provincial Government which include Provincial Governors or their representatives, selected municipal and city mayors, chairmen on appropriation of Sanggunian Panlalawigan, Planning and Development Coordinators and Civil Service Organization Representatives.

Provincial Directors, Cluster Leaders, Program Managers and SDG Focal Persons, on the other hand, comprised the participants from the DILG Region 6. Personnel from the DILG Regions 7, 8 and 9, and the National Security Council also attended the activity to observe the event proceedings and took note of the issues that arose and recommendations formed thereof.

Representatives from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) also facilitated one of the workshops, observed the event proceedings and assisted in the overall conduct of the activity.

Ms. Jenifer G. Galorport, Division Chief of the Local Development Planning Division of the Bureau of Local Governance Development (BLGD) of the DILG Central opened the sessions with her discussion on the DILG Local Development Strengthening Initiative, with stress on how the Local Development Councils (LDCs) can help strengthen and be strengthened by the alignment process.

NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie G. Edillon discussed the National Priority Development Strategies and Commitments (Ambisyon Natin, Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plan) and the SDG 2030 Framework with Lessons Learned in Implementing the MDGs.

Philippine Statistic Authority’s Dir. Wilma Guillen, Assistant National Statistician, explained the SDG Targets and Indicators: An Analysis of Data Requirements and Availability. She also identified the issues on the indicators and enumerated recommendations on how such issues can be addressed.

Several topics on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management were also discussed to serve as basis in the planning of PPAs that involve such area.

Undersecretary Vicente M. Agdamag, Deputy Director General of the National Security Council discussed the National Security Policy for the years 2017-2022 and provided the National Situationer on the Risks and Threats faced by the country. Presenting the same topic but on the regional level was Col. Pio Diñoso of the 301st Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

Also tackled was the subject “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Complying with the SENDAI Framework,” which was presented by Civil Defense Officer II Melissa P. Banias of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD).
Yet another aim of the activity was to discuss the link between SDG Alignment and the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program, which was formerly known as Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB). Mr. Allen Lopez, Assistant Program Manager of the ADM-BUB of DILG’s OPMO discussed “LDC Strengthening and Its Link to ADM Project Identification” – a complementary topic to that which was earlier discussed by Galorport.
The resource speakers also answered issues and concerns of the participants during the open forum scheduled.

On the second day of the activity, two workshops were conducted to allow the participants hands-on learning on the alignment process. They came up with Accomplished Plan Alignment Matrices to include the SDG Implementation Roadmap that identifies PPAs that are aligned with the SDGs and an Accomplished PDP Alignment Form which contains the list of priority PPAs in the PDIP of provinces that have been noted or marked as aligned with National and Regional Government priorities and International commitments.

USEC Edillon provided insights on and critiqued the plans the provinces came up with.

To further facilitate the streamlining of the program to the provinces in the region, workshop conferences will be conducted to all five provinces of the region in the third semester.

Guimaras will be the pilot province to be provided technical support to the alignment of Strategic Priorities and Sustainable Development Goals, via the Provincial Strategic Direction Setting Conference Workshop which will be on August 10-11, 2017 at the Raymen’s Beach Resort, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

The same activity will be conducted in the provinces of Capiz on August 24-25, Antique on August 29-30, Iloilo on August 30-31 and Aklan on September 4-5. (LGOO II Freda Mae L Sorsano, DILG6)