A Knowledge Forum has been conducted by the Office of the Project Development Services (OPDS) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in line with the Department’s mandate to contribute to the full attainment of empowered, responsible and responsive local government units (LGUs). The Knowledge Forum is a medium in recognizing the effort and highlighting the best practices that the LGU performed in implementing their DILG-Funded project.
Now on its second year, the National Knowledge Forum aims to showcase to a wider audience and to high-ranking decision makers the laudable accomplishments of LGUs in the implementation of their respective projects under the Bottom up Budgeting (BUB)  and Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities Programs, in order to promote the sharing of ideas, practices and programs that can enhance the capacity of LGUs on areas of Finance, Technical Knowledge/skills and governance in the implementation of their local projects.

DILG Regional Office VI together with the OPDS-Water Supply and Sanitation Program Management Office (WSSPMO) conducted the verification and validation of the identified locally-funded projects in various municipalities of the region.  The conduct of the Regional Verification and Validation activity was held on September 3 to 7, 2018. The Validators’ Team was composed of representatives from the OPDS-WSSPMO, Engr. Michael Sumagaysay, Civil Service Organization, Mr. Romelo Astronomia (Mediator’s Network) and DILG Regional Office VI, Engr. Paul Timothy Gico assessed the Physical aspect and Financial documents of the identified LFPs of the LGUs.

Municipalities with locally-funded projects verified and validated are Sibunag, Guimaras, BuB 2015 - Construction of Evacuation Facility, Concepcion, Iloilo BuB 2016 – LGSF, Concreting of 3.0km Farm to Market Road, Lambunao, Iloilo BuB 2014 - Construction of Level 3 Water Supply System, San Dionisio, Iloilo BuB 2016 - Construction of Two Units Evacuation Facility with Amenities. Tapaz, Capiz, ADM 2017 - Core Local Access Road in Brgy. San Julian going to Brgy. San Antonio and Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, BuB 2014 - Construction of Solar Water System and Water Pump.  The said projects are the finalists in the regional level which will represent Region VI in the National Knowledge Forum to be held in Manila on November 21-22, 2018.
The activity was well attended by the LGU’s Local Chief Executive (LCE), Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC), Municipal/City Engineer, Municipal Accountant (MA) and all other functionaries who are directly involved in the implementation of the said projects. (Angelyn P. Labor, DILG6)