Not long after the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 6 hosted the conduct of the Orientation and Action Planning Workshop on Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program for the LGU’s of Region 6, the Department once again held an Executive Forum dubbed as EXECUTIVE FORUM 2017: BUILDING LOCAL OVERNANCE CAPACITY THROUGH FUNCTIONAL SERVICE DELIVERY NETWORKS, this time with the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) as the participants.
The one-day Executive Forum held on September 7, 2017 at the Smallville 21, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, aimed to harmonize the understanding of the LCEs in implementing the FY 2017 ADM Program as well as to orient them on the guidelines for project identification for the FY 2018 Assistance to Muicipalities (AM) Program.
According to Mr. Richard Villacorte of the DILG OPMO, of the 17 regions in the country, DILG Region 6 is the first to orient and capacitate all the major stakeholders of the program – the MPDC, MLGOO, Accountant, Engineers, Auditors and LCEs.
LCEs has been very receptive of this undertaking as evidenced by the attendance of 83 out of 117 Mayors in the Region including Negros Occidental. Other LCEs who were not able to attend due to prior commitments are well represented by their Municipal Administrators or Vice Mayors.
Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda, CESO III, DILG Regional Director, in his opening message, explained that the main reason of the forum is to clarify issues and concerns regarding the ADM FY 2017 project implementation and to discuss and explain to the Mayors the guidelines for the FY 2018 AM project identification. He also expressed his gratitude towards the generous response of the LCEs to the invitation of the Department despite their busy schedules.
Resource persons from DILG OPMO, Program Manager Mr. Richard L. Villacorte, Program Manager for Local Access Road, Engr. Mario O. Paz and Asst. Program Manager for Local Access Road, Engr. Joemily M. Felicano graced the forum. They addressed the issues and concerns of the LCEs with regards to the FY 2018 AM project menu, budget allocation, fund release and Program governance roadmap.
Moreover, representatives f rom Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Bureau of Treasury (BTr) Regional Office 6 were also present to answer query with regards to fund downloads. (Vincent D. Villorente, DILG6)