The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the lead agency in implementing the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) of the government together with the other 17 national government agencies namely NHA, DTI, NAPOLCOM, CHED, BSP, AFP, PNP, OP/PMS, DSWD, DOH, DPWH, DOLE, Philhealth, TESDA, DBM, DND, and DepEd convened to a meeting in the morning of August 14, 2017 at the Penthouse I, Iloilo City Hall. 

The CSBP is the provision of assistance as directed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police personnel who are killed or wounded in police and military operations in due cognizance of their service to the nation, thus, a program was created for its implementation and this is the “Killed in Action/Wounded in Action -Killed in Police Operation/Wounded in Police Operation” or KIA/WIA- KIPO/WIPO program.

Since the roll-out of KIA/WIA- KIPO/WIPO program in Iloilo City on February 24, 2017, CSBP has been initially implemented to ensure prompt action is taken and to effectively deliver the complete set of assistance and respond to the needs of the families of soldiers in the AFP killed and wounded in action and the PNP personnel killed and wounded in police operations.

However, issues and concerns were inevitable in the regional level, hence, agencies convened to a special coordination meeting.  The issues and concerns discussed were the Mechanics of the CSBP; Specific Roles and Duties of each CSBP Implementing Agency; and Identification of and dealing with the issues and concerns of KIA/KIPO-WIA/WIPO beneficiaries and respective implementing agency.

All agencies had their representative to the said meeting with the attendance of the DILG Key Officials headed by Asec. Marjorie N. Jalosjos, Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Special Concerns and the KIA/WIA-KIPO/WIPO DILG Project Manager Jocelyn Cabaña.  Other DILG officials present were Regional Director Atty. Anthony Nuyda, Assistant Director Maria Calpiza Sardua and the DILG Provincial Directors.

The purpose for the meeting was attained having all agencies clarified with the different issues and concerns on the CSBP through KIA/WIA-KIPO/WIPO program.  It is expected that it will be more effective and there would be more efficiency in the delivery of social services or assistance provided, such that the resource requirements, respective budget and mechanism for its automatic implementation are established and maintained. (RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)