Just as there is no letup in anti-crime and anti-illegal drugs agenda of
the government, newly designated Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año assures there
is no easing off on steering local government units (LGUs) towards "_not
only being good but excellent at governance_".
"_The_ _advancement of local governance is just as important as
protecting peace and order. The whole of the Department and its attached
agencies are in no way slackening on our commitments in both the
interior and local government sectors_," he says.
"_It's high time that we Filipinos not only aspire for 'good' governance
but excellence and the DILG has over a dozen of 'reform tools' to move
and assist LGUs towards that," _he points out.
For the public to take part in developing their communities, he says
that citizens must first be empowered by knowing the programs, projects,
and activities of the national and local governments.
"_I'm pleased to join the DILG at its prime of delivering concrete
results and I pledge to sustain and build on its feats," _he says.
Año highlights and lauds 12 initiatives of the DILG for provinces,
cities, and towns down to barangays that he says must be known by the
"_Building stronger communities, stronger Philippines is a shared
responsibility and vision. Let's start by knowing, not because it's a
right to freedom of information but a responsibility of citizens to know
what they can do for their country and not what the country can do for
them_," he underscores.
The new DILG OIC cites 12 ways that the Department moves LGUs towards
being excellent and efficient in local governance and development:
* SEAL OF GOOD LOCAL GOVERNANCE (SGLG). It is a progressive assessment
system to give distinction to remarkable local government performance
across several areas. From the erstwhile "3+1" assessment criterion in
2016, LGUs have to meet the current "4+1" hurdle. They need to pass the
four core assessment areas of financial administration, disaster
preparedness, social protection, and peace and order, and at least one
of the three essential areas of business-friendliness and competiveness,
environmental protection, or tourism, culture, and the arts. Given this
additional challenge, it is noteworthy that the number of SGLG awardees
in 2017 is 46 percent higher than the total of 306 awardees in 2016.
* PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE FUND (PCF). The conferment of the SGLG comes
with more than just recognition as the awardees are also provided with
the PCF which they shall use to fund and implement development programs
and projects. Among the completed PCF-funded projects are local access
roads, urban roads and bridges, maternal or health birthing clinics,
water supply systems, evacuation centers, and multi-purpose livelihood
centers, among others. A total of P984-million is up for distribution to
2017 SGLG awardees.
* FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY (FDP). This requires LGUs to disclose
documents on their budget management, disbursement, and utilization to
their constituents. Covering the third semester of 2017, 1,311 LGUs (72
provinces, 120 cities 1,119 municipalities excluding Autonomous Region
in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM) are fully compliant with the policy.
Disclosure is made through the posting of the necessary documents in
conspicuous areas within their area of jurisdiction, and online
uploading to the FDP Portal at http://fdpp.blgs.gov.ph/ .
* BUSINESS PROCESS LICENSING SYSTEM (BPLS) AUTOMATION. As mandated by
President Duterte, processing of business permit application and renewal
now use one, unified form, taking three steps or less to process,
requiring two signatories or less for approval, and just two days or
less processing time. A total of 1,422 or 94 percent out of 1,516 cities
and towns (excluding ARMM) are now compliant with revised standards on
* SAGANA AT LIGTAS NA TUBIG (SALINTUBIG). This program paved the way
for the completion of 800 water projects in 523 waterless municipalities
and are now benefitting 835,956 households while the remaining 1,258
projects are in various stages of completion.
* ASSISTANCE TO DISADVANTAGED MUNICIPALITIES (ADM) - WATER PROJECT AND
LOCAL ACCESS PROJECTS. A total of 2,409 out of 4,140 ADM Water Projects
are currently benefitting 1,053,411 households in poor and waterless
municipalities. On the other hand, completed ADM Local Access Projects
include the improvement of evacuation centers, installation of steel
gates, barriers, flood control and disaster risk reduction management
(DRRM) equipment which are improving access to basic services and easing
the transport of agricultural products from source to markets or outlets
especially in areas that are flood and landslide-prone.
* SUPPORT TO CONDITIONAL MATCHING GRANT TO PROVINCES (CMGP) FOR ROAD
REPAIR, REHABILITATION AND IMPROVEMENT. It provides capacity development
opportunities to LGUs to strengthen their capacity to plan, design,
procure, implement and manage their local roads networks at par with
national standards in an effort to improve road connectivity, raise
competitiveness and promote local economic development. A total of 297
projects in 75 different provinces are currently under way.
* ASSISTANCE TO DISADVANTAGED MUNICIPALITIES (ADM). Through the
program, Local Development Councils (LDCs) now follow the provisions of
the Local Government Code of 1991 insofar as their required composition,
representation of non-government organizations, conduct of meetings and
creation of an Executive Committee are concerned. As of November 2017,
ADM recorded a total of 1,195 or 82 percent of Municipal Development
Councils (MDCs) that comply with the Code, exceeding the target 962 MDCs
for the year. Likewise, 1,373 municipalities were capacitated on LDC
strengthening and alignment of local plans with national priorities.
* LUPONG TAGAPAMAYAPA INCENTIVES AWARDS (LTIA). It is conferred to
outstanding "lupons" or barangay officials who uphold the so-called
"Katarungang Pambarangay" by resolving personal conflicts and
differences reported within their areas of jurisdiction, and without the
significant efforts of whom, the court dockets will be more congested.
For 2017, 56 regional awardees were recognized and were each provided
with a development grant of P50,000.
* CITIZEN SATISFACTION INDEX SYSTEM (CSIS). Another proof of DILG's
valuation of public opinion and sentiment is the use of CSIS under the
Civil Society Organization-People's Participation Partnership Program
(CSO-PPPP). This program is a collaborative partnership that enables the
public to relay to their LGUs the quality of service they render to
them, in the hope of further improving the delivery of basic services to
the people. A total of 30 municipalities conducted the CSIS in January
to September 2017, thus bringing the overall total to 141 cities and 61
municipalities where CSIS was conducted since its initial implementation
* PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PEOPLE INITIATIVE FOR LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS PROGRAM (LGU P4). It is a vehicle for the private sector to
participate in government projects for the provision of infrastructure
and social services at the local level. A total of 280 LGUs of eight
regions participated in conferences on LGU P4 last year as well as
training on the documentation of model PPP practices.
* OPERATION LISTO. Last but definitely not the least is the
preparedness of LGUs for natural and man-made disasters. Operation Listo
is an advocacy program mandating disaster-preparedness of LGUs using the
whole-of-government approach. This is manifested in its three main
components, namely: 1) Listong Pamahalaang Lokal through
institutionalized local protocols for disaster preparedness, response
and monitoring, 2) Listong Pamayanan or capacity development
interventions from LGUs to be cascaded to the communities, and 3)
Listong Pamilyang Pilipino focusing on the family and household-level
preparedness. In 2017, DILG bolstered the mainstreaming of DRRM into the
local and development planning of LGUs.
This year and onwards, Año ensures that the DILG is living true to its
brand of service as "matino, mahusay, at maaasahang Kagawaran para sa
mapagkalinga at maunlad na mga pamahalaang lokal."
He invites the public to participate in and be up to date with its
programs and projects through dilg.gov.ph  and DILG Philippines
accounts in Facebook and Twitter. ###
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