DILG, CSOs ink pact on trafficking Story on page 12
The Department is the The Department shall
primary catalyst for promote peace and order,
excellence in local ensure public safety and
governance that nurtures strengthen capability of
self-reliant, progressive, local government units
orderly, safe and globally- through active people
competitive communities participation and a
sustained by God-centered professionalized corps of
and empowered citizenry.
VOL. 5 NO. 11 November 2010 civil servants.
IP reps in sanggunians assured Story on page 2
DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo administers the mass oath-taking of newly-elected Barangay Chairs of San Pablo City in Laguna, where he also encouraged them to be model leaders in their
communities by pushing for development projects that would benefit their constituents.. Photo by Rudy Sanchez
“Effective Local Governance Toward A Better Philippines”
Page 2 NEWS November 2010
IP reps in sanggunians assured
Indigenous persons (IPs) proportionate to population, He or she should
should be represented in local and shall have the same communicate the collective
legislative councils and policy- privileges as the regular interest of IPs he or she
making bodies. representations in legislative represents.
Thus said Sec. Jesse M. and policy-making bodies,” Another important
Robredo as he reminded said Robredo. function would be ensuring
provincial governors, city and Selection of IP support for the sustained
municipal mayors, and other representative to local constitution and operations of
local government officials of legislative and policy-making the Indigenous People
Republic Act 8371, or the bodies, as provided by the Consultative Body (IPCB) in the
Indigenous Peoples Rights Act National Commission on area of representation.
of 1997, which calls for the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), He or she should also
mandatory representation of shall be in accordance with maintain the development and
IPs. local guidelines adopted and practice of their traditional
Section 16 of RA 8371 gives promulgated by concerned IPs. leadership titles and structures, Secretary Robredo shares a light chat with Mr. Farid Schoucair, New
IPs the right to participate An IP representative, who justice systems, conflict World Hotel’s General Manager. Photo by R. Sanchez
voluntarily, through should take oath before an resolution, and peace building
procedures which they should
determine, at all levels of
authorized officer, shall assume
post as soon as the selection
mechanisms and processes.
An IP representative shall
Phase out mercury
decision-making that may affect
their rights, lives and destinies.
process is formally certified by
the concerned NCIP regional
serve for a period of three years
from the date of assumption to
in health facilities
director, upon office and can be re-indorsed for The use of mercury in all In his directive, the DILG
The law also allows IPs to
recommendation of the another term as long as he or local health care facilities Chief urged all local chief
maintain and develop their own
provincial or community she would not serve for more should be reduced, if not totally executives to ensure
indigenous political structures.
service center head. eliminated, according to a compliance to the said AO from
“IP representation shall be than three consecutive terms.
directive issued by the DOH, and directed DILG
Department of the Interior and regional directors to cause the
Local Government (DILG). widest dissemination of the
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo issuance to all local officials
issued the directive upon the within their areas.
request of Health Secretary Meanwhile, the Health
Enrique Ona who earlier Care Without Harm-Southeast
issued an Administrative Asia (HCWH-SEA) welcomed
Order for the gradual phase- the DILG’s issuance of a memo
out of mercury in all health care on the “reduction of mercury
facilities and institutions. for health care facilities.”
The said AO seeks to stop “We thank Sec. Jesse
the procurement of mercury- Robredo for his action. The
containing fever thermometers memorandum may have come
and blood pressures, belatedly but if this will ensure
apparatuses by healthcare compliance from local
administrators and to shift to government unit (LGU)-
the use of digital thermometers controlled health care facilities
and aneroid and/or digital in phasing out mercury in 2011,
blood pressure apparatuses, to HCWH-SEA will definitely
reduce the threat of mercury to support it,” said Faye Ferrer,
Former Commission on Audit Commissioner Atty. Sofronio Ursal (second from right) hands over to DILG human health and the HCWH-SEA program officer
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo (center) a seven-volume set of Good Governance Books Reference Collection that he environment. for mercury in health care.
authored to support the DILG’s thrusts to promote transparency, accountability and good governance. Also
present during the turnover ceremony in Camp Crame are: (left to right) DILG Finance and Management
Services Director Ester Aldana, State Auditor V Marissa Soliven, and COA Supervising Auditor Atty.Edna
60% LGU share in IRA sought
Lerit. Photo by Noel Dayang TACLOBAN CITY. A sharing scheme is 60 percent
Representative in one of the for the national government
Increased IRA for coastal LGUs pressed country’s poorest provinces
has filed a bill seeking to tilt the
and 40 percent for LGUs.
The bill, if enacted, would
A bill has been filed in country’s aquatic resources. Sangguniang Bayan balance of revenue sharing in be a big help for local
Congress that seeks for an The bill, which seeks to formulating policies and favor of local governments. governments that rely heavily
additional two percent increase amend Section 138 of the Local programs intended to develop Eastern Samar Rep. Ben on IRA.
in the Internal Revenue Government Code, would and preserve such local Evardone, whose province Aside from IRA shares,
Allotment (IRA) of local grant a two percent additional fisheries and marine life. remains to be one of the poorest local government units
government units which are share in the allocation and The solon also called on in the country, filed House Bill generate income from taxes on
located along coastal areas. sharing of the IRA to LGUs the national government to No. 149 that would increase local businesses.
Leyte Rep Jose Carlo L. along coastal areas. seriously address the Internal Revenue Allotment Evardone said his bill
Cari (5 th district) filed House Cari explained that with destruction of the country’s (IRA) of local governments to would primarily benefit
Bill 3073 which provides for a the two percent increase, coastal marine resources by 60 percent of total national Eastern Visayas since almost
change in the allocation of IRA recipient LGUs can get enlisting the help and revenue. all LGUs in the region are
being received by cities and additional P3 million which as cooperation of all LGUs where Evardone’s bill would give dependent on IRA.
municipalities along coastal stipulated in the bill can only coastal areas are located as the national government just “The current sharing
areas with the aim of be used for marine protection their resources are the more 40 percent. scheme is really lopsided,”
developing and preserving the and preservation with the affected. The existing revenue Evardone said.
Page 3 SPECIAL FEATURE November 2010
MDGF 1919 Water Stories:
Films For Progress:
A Compilation of 10 Advocacy
Docu-videos on Safe Water
Campaign in the Philippines
A student video advocacy campaign dubbed as “Water Stories: Films for
Progress” was launched recently by the MDGF 1919: Enhancing Access to and
Provision of Water Services with the Active Participation of the Poor” program to
raise awareness on safe water campaign in the Philippines.
The “Water Stories: Films For Progress” kicked off with a screening at the Teatrino
in Promenade Greenhills of advocacy videos created by communication students of
ten leading universities from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The videos, a
combination of documentary, stop motion animation, drama and music videos are
an attempt to portray the condition of an estimated 16 million Filipinos nationwide
who do not have adequate access to clean water for their daily needs. Kick-off screening of Water Stories: Films for Progress held recently at the Teatrino in Promenade
Greenhills attended by students and participating agencies for the safe water campaign in the
The screening featured original works of student teams from Assumption College Philippines. Photo by Lito Espelimbergo
San Lorenzo, Ateneo de Manila University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, College
of St. benilde-School of Design and Arts, Mapua Institute of Technology, Pamantasan
ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Sebastian
Recoletos, Siliman University and Xavier University.
Advocacy videos serve as a powerful complement to magnify the impact of
public issues as they can help prompt awareness, concern and action. The Water
Stories video advocacy campaign is intended to generate support for the work of the
MDGF 1919 Joint Programme.
The joint programme is under the Millennium Development Goal Achievement
Fund being spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government
(DILG), the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and the National
Water Resources Board (NWRB) with support from the United Nations Development
Program (UNDP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with funding
assistance from the Spanish government.
The program aims to provide sustainable access to safe drinking water to some
122,000 households located in 36 depressed communities across five (5) regions in
the country. This is in line with the Philippine commitments to the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) which seek to end poverty, particularly the commitment UNICEF Representative to the Philippines Vanessa Tobin lauds the students teams from 10
to halve the population without access to safe drinking water by 2015. participating universities whose original works are featured in the Water Stories: Films for
Progress. Photo by L.Espelimbergo
UNICEF Country Representative to the Philippines Vanessa Tobin personally
witnessed the event and lauded the participation of student filmmakers who are
lending their time and talent to advocate the provision of a healthy life for Filipino
children through water and sanitation.
Country Director of UNDP Philippines Renaud Meyer underscored the need to
achieve the MDGs for water and sanitation is clearly urgent and should be a priority.
“By showing these short films, we hope to generate support from the government,
private sector and the civil society to address the problem not just by creating an
emotional reaction from the audience but more importantly, for them to be involved
and take action. The ultimate objective of these water stories is to motivate and
change attitudes and practices.”
Recent data showed that in the Philippines, access to potable water remains to
be a challenge that needs to be addressed as approximately 16 million Filipinos still
have no access to safe drinking water.
The water stories will be screened in various parts of the country as part of the
information dissemination campaign to encourage participation in and support for
the program. To know more about the campaign, join the Facebook community page
of MDGF 1919 Water Stories or log on to http://ph.one.un.org/mdgfphilippines. Some of the MDGF1919 movers and collaborators from DILG and NEDA.
(Source: MDGF1919) Photo by L.Espelimbergo
Page 4 DILG NEWS DIGEST November 2010
Abolish youth councils – Pimentel
Senator Aquilino Pimnetel accomplished little to nothing
recently expressed his despite its budget for P5.1
dissatisfaction on the role of billion.
Sangguniang Kabataan in The senator said he was
community government. He not able to propose the review
said he will either move for its on the SK’s age range and
abolition or set the age bracket bowed to raise the issue next
from 15-18 to 15-25 of its year.
members to be capable of He also plans to have the
accomplishing its mandate. roles of the youth legislative
Pimentel stressed that reduced for them to perform
despite the youth group’s role aptly if not for its total
in the barangay level, they have abolition.
DILG launches... from page 12
develop a baseline data of all CSOs as main partners of the
CSOs working with LGUs. government.
2. Local Special Bodies The project will bridge the
(LSBs) Strengthening, gap to address the need to
orientation and collaborative ignite culture of volunteerism
activities with CSOs will be and community involvement
conducted to help increase for sustainable and
their membership in local progressive development of
development council (LDC) local governments.
committees. The V2V PIPELOG will
3. Volunteerism Program focus on promoting NGOs and
will encourage volunteerism CSOs active engagement in
among citizens and CSOs by local governance not just on
participating in immersion local planning but through
Secretary Robredo accepts a plaque of appreciation from the officers of the Provincial Board Members League of the activities in LGUs. research study, institutional
Philippines during their annual convention. Photo by R. Sanchez 4. Guardians of Good capacity building of CSOs and
Local Governance will develop LGUs, policy reforms,
Outgoing barangay officials to turn-over a performance evaluation and
feedback mechanism that will
volunteerism programs and
technical assistance, network
records, properties to incoming officials help the national government
assess LGU performance with
building and performance
evaluation and feedback.
To promote transparent Barangay Inhabitants are barangay government
and accountable barangay
governance, outgoing punong
complete and updated.
The transition team, to be
property occurring in transit
or due to calamity, Robredo
LGUs urged... from page 12
barangays have been directed chaired by the punong said the request for relief shall An inventory on LGU LGC requires local government
to conduct an inventory of all barangay and with a barangay be filed with the concerned city compliance to CDP preparation units to prepare a
financial records and kagawad , barangay secretary, or municipal auditor by the also reveals that only 77% of comprehensive multi-sectoral
properties of their respective barangay treasurer, SK accountable officer within the the municipalities and 90% of development plan to be
barangays and to effect the Chairman, bookkeeper or statutory period of 30 days or citi es have prepared or initiated by its development
turnover of the same to the representative from the city/ of such longer period as may updated their medium-term council and approved by its
incoming barangay officials municipal government as be allowed by the auditor. CDPs. legislative council.
before their assumption to members, shall also ensure that The request shall be Provincial governments The DILG considers the
office on November 30, 2010. all records of the Katipunan ng accompanied by the following hav e al so been ask ed t o CLUP as a long-term plan for
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo Kabataan (KK) and the documents as required under mobilize and strengthen their the management of the local
said outgoing punong Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) the Implementing Rules and r espect i v e l and use territory.
barangays should create a are ready for the turnover to the Regulations of the Local commi ttees to ensur e that As the skeletal circulatory
transition team that shall take next set of SK officials. Government Code of 1991: CLUP review will integrate framework of the territory’s
the lead in the conduct of the The DILG Secretary said 1)affidavit of the accountable t he mai nst r eami ng of physical de ve lopment, it
said inventory and ensure that all outgoing barangay officer and two disinterested themati c ar ea and topi cal identifies are as where
these are intact and that all officials, as primary persons; 2) final investigation plans such as Disaster Risk development can and cannot
officials who are entrusted accountable officers for all report of the office of Reduction and management/ be located and directs public
with the custody or control of government property assigned department head and proper Climate Change Adaptation, and private investme nt
supplies or property are held or issued to their office, shall government-investigation among others. accordingly.
accountable for them. also be required to secure agency; and 3) a list, Section 20 of the Local On the other hand, CDP is
The team shall also see to property clearance from the description and relevant Gov er nment Code (LGC) the action plan utilized by
it that all documents such as barangay treasurer, who shall information of the properties prov i des t hat LGUs shal l every local administration to
legislative records, in turn secure the same from lost duly certified by the adopt their CLUPs, enacted develop and implement
administrative records and the incoming punong provincial and city general through a zoning ordinance. priority sectoral and cross-
supplies, transcripts of Lupon barangay. services officer, municipal or I n l i ne w i th CLUP sectoral programs and projects
meetings and cases, Registry of In case of loss of barangay treasurer. preparation, Section 106 of the in the proper locations.
Page 5 LGU EXEMPLARY PRACTICES November 2010
Alicia, Isabela (2nd class municipality)
“Child Friendly Local Governance”
Background Key Implementation Steps:
Alicia, Isabela used to be a 3rd class municipality before October 2001. She The program implemented the following ten important steps:
was considered one of the smallest towns in the Philippines. Just like any third 1. Organize functional Local Council for the Protection of Children
class municipality, Alicia experienced insufficient funds to support its programs 2. Conduct Seminars on the Convention on the Rights of Children
and operations. As a result, there were multifarious problems that need to be 3. Mobilize Media
addressed by the local government. One of them was the persistent crimes 4. Organize and Mobilize Functional Special Bodies
committed against children. 5. Improve Health Facilities and Services
The local government recognized that there was indeed inadequate 6. Provide livelihood skills training
promotion of welfare and protection of children and their families. Hence, a 7. Establish barangay health and nutrition post
study was conducted to assess the root causes of the problem. Some of the 8. Adopt
observations and findings are as follows: child-friendly learning schools
1. Lack of awareness on the Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC); 9. Improve existing school facilities and libraries
2. Poor health and sanitation facilities and services; 10. Enforce local ordinances and national laws on children
3. Prevalence of malnutrition; 11. Source out funds.
4. Low literacy, participation, survival and completion rates, and
prevalence of drop-outs; Results: Health and Social Services Accessible to Children
5. Insufficient classrooms and poor maintenance of existing classrooms; The program has achieved the following impressive results:
6. Non-functional local organizational structures; Zero Backlog School Classrooms. Alicia has achieved a zero backlog
7. Inactive involvement of NGOs, POs and civil society; on school classrooms for elementary and high school levels.
8. Insufficient advocacy on the welfare and protection of children; Improved Health Sanitation Facilities and Services. The presence of 34
9. Inadequate provision on the needs of children due to poor family income; improved barangay health stations made health services accessible to the people.
10. Poor transportation and communication infrastructures and poor access Especially children. Free mobile medical and dental services were conducted
of children to social services. quarterly in every barangay.
Improved Day Care Centers, Classrooms, Libraries, and Resource
As a response to these problems, the local government of Alicia focused its Centers. Funds became available from the local government and barangays for
programs on children’s participation and involvement. Never before had local the provision of 34 children’s park and playground and their equipment.
governance planning and decision-making were made involving children except Children’s associations and the SK shouldered the maintenance costs while
during the election of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), school organizations’ libraries were furnished with up-to-date reading materials donated by the a
membership and day care centers. children’s association in United States.
The Child Friendly Local Governance of Alicia kicked-off in August 1999. It Increased Literacy. Literacy rate increased. Scholarship programs for
recognized the child as the center of any development effort. With the help of indigent school age children were sustained through income generated by the
various NGAs, NGOs, POs and church organizations, the promotion and livelihood projects managed by out-of-school youths such as the Unlad Kabataan
advocacy on CRC has been sustained. Canteen and Sari-sari store. The projects helped some poor but deserving
Because of the program’s achievements, Alicia became one of the winners in students to continue their studies.
the prestigious Galing Pook Awards given in 2003. It was also chosen as one of Decreased Prevalence of Malnutrition. The presence of 34 barangay
the LGU Exemplary Practice under the DILG’s GO-FAR or Good Practices in health stations and nutrition post has maintained growth monitoring charts
Local Governance: Facility for Adaptation and Replication. and monitored weights of every child. An innovate program known as Barya
Mo, Buhay Ko has helped in the provision of micro-nutrient supplementation of
Child Friendly Local Governance malnourished children. This supplemental feeding of malnourished children
The Child-Friendly Local Governance is a collaborative effort of the local decreased the prevalence of malnutrition in Alicia.
government of Alicia, non-government organizations (NGOs), national Decreased Incidence of Crimes Against Children. There was a noted
government agencies (NGAs), people’s organizations (POs), church decrease in the incidence of crimes against children. Men have become gender-
organizations, business sectors, and the civil society that put the child in the sensitive, as shown by their supportive actions like helping in household chores,
center of development and local governance. taking care of children and showing respect to women’s plans and decisions.
Having been aware of the mandates of the Convention on the Rights of a Improved Socio-Economic Status of Families. The Child-Friendly
Child, the local government of Alicia actively advocates activities that promote Movement program improved the socio-economic status of families through the
children’s welfare and protection and children’s four inherent rights such as 1) provision of income-generating projects coming from donations, and capital
survival, 2) development, 3) protection, and 4) participation. assistance in the form of animal dispersal, and livelihood projects. Also, the
To achieve this goal, Alicia encouraged children’s full participation or program encouraged the establishment of herbal gardening through children
involvement in planning, decision-making, implementation and monitoring and and youth efforts in schools.
evaluation of the local government’s programs, projects and activities that affect Sustained Functional Special Bodies. Children and their families are
children’s lives. encouraged to speak out their ideas especially on matters that affect them during
The establishment of children’s organizations, the SK, as well as membership meetings of special bodies such as the local school board, and local health board.
of children to Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC), Early Approved Annual Plan and Budget for Children. The LCPC has drawn
Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), welfare and protection sub- up clear programs and interventions for children’s welfare and protection in the
committees from the municipal level down to the barangays are means by which local government’s annual plans and programs.
children’s voices are heard by the local leaders in every barangay assembly Adopted Isabela Provincial Children’s Code. Since the series of
meetings and conferences. advocacy work have been done, which showed a positive effect on the sudden
The local government also passed several resolutions and ordinances that decrease in crimes against children and women, the Provincial government
allow initiatives, innovations and best practices to be implemented in the adopted the Provincial Children’s Code for implementation.
municipality that would best assist and advance children’s progress, welfare Approved 5-yr and 25-yr Investment Plan for Children. On top of the
and protection. annual plan, the LCPC have passed a resolution adopting the five-year and 25-
Inspired by the program’s success, several local and national organizations year investment plan for children and distributed it to all the Barangay Council
helped raise funds to make the program sustainable. for the Protection of Children (BPPCs) for strong advocacy and implementation.
Page 7 LEGAL OPINIONS November 2010
On hazard allowance
for social welfare and dev’t officer
Is a municipal social welfare and development officer entitled to hazard allowance?
Yes. Section 15 of Republic Act No. 9433, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Public Social
Workers provides that hazard allowance is given to public social workers assigned in remote and
depressed areas, strife-torn or embattled areas, distressed or isolated stations, mental hospitals,
leprosaria, areas declared under a state of calamity or emergency which expose them to great
danger, volcanic activity/eruption, occupational risks or threats to life.
Local water districts are The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the same law also provides that the period of
entitlement to hazard pay shall be co-terminus with the duration of the actual assignment of the
exempted from taxes official or employee in work areas or emergency situations.
The head of agency or the local chief executive shall establish the procedures for identifying
Facts: personnel entitled to the hazard pay.
A municipality via resolution contracted a private entity to
perform the functions of a local water district. Thereafter, the
municipality signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with
Former House Rep turned punong brgy.
the private entity, allowing it to establish and develop a water
supply and distribution system within the area.
can run for LnB presidency
After 10 years, the municipality conducted an overall A former Congressman who has completed three terms in the lower house runs for punong
assessment of the operations of said entity if it has sufficiently barangay and wins. He then runs for the Liga ng mga Barangay.
served its purpose. After the assessment, there was a growing
demand and clamor for an efficient and extensive water Issue:
distribution system which led the municipal government to put Does this violate the Constitutional mandate on three-term rule?
up its own local water district to augment the existing services
that the private entity is currently providing. Held:
No. According to Section 8, Article x of the 1987 Constitution, “(T)he term of office of elective local
Issues: officials, which shall be determined by law, shall be three years and no such official shall serve for more than
1) Since the private water corporation is performing similar three consecutive terms. Voluntary renunciation of the office for any length of time shall not be considered as
functions similar to that of a local water district, does it enjoy the an interruption in the continuity of his service for the full term which he was elected.”
privilege of tax exemption such as income taxes, local government This is further supported by Section 43 (b) of the Local Government Code of 1991, which says
and municipal taxes and fees? that “(N)o elective official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms in the same position. Voluntary
renunciation of the office for any length of time shall not be considered as an interruption in the continuity of
2) Is the establishment of a local water district, pursuant to his service for the full term for which the elective official concerned was elected.”
PD 198, be considered a violation of the terms and conditions In the case of Borja vs. COMELEC (G.R. No. 133495, 03 September 1998), the Supreme Court
agreed upon by the municipality and the private entity as ruled that for Section 43 to apply, two elements must concur, namely: a) the local official concerned
stipulated in the MOA? must have been elected to said office; and b) said official must have fully served the term of the same
office for three consecutive terms.
3) Is it possible for a local water district to co-exist with a The presence of these circumstances will disqualify the local official to run for the same position
private entity in the development and operation of the water supply on his supposed fourth consecutive term. (underlining for emphasis)
and distribution in the municipality without violating the MOA? Applying this principle at bar, it bears to stress that the Congressman has completed his term
being a house representative and not as Punong Barangay, hence, he is not disqualified to run for
Held: the Liga ng mga Barangay presidency. (DILG Opinion No. 139, S. 2010)
Under Section 16, Chapter XI, Title II of PD 198, only local
water districts (LWD) are exempted from paying taxes and does
not include private water entities even if it performs the similar
functions of an LWD.
Barangay hall construction
A private corporation derives its legal existence and power
in open space is illegal
from the Corporation Code while a local water district operates
through a resolution enacted by the municipal legislative body. Issues:
a) Whether or not the construction of a barangay hall in an open space belonging to and
As to the second issue, unless the Sanggunian resolution owned by a city government legal?
and the MOA were invalidated in a proper forum, the same must b) If it is legal, will the construction of said barangay hall be allowed even without a construction
in the meantime be given force and effect by the parties. or building permit?
With regard to the third query, the establishment of a local Held:
water district while the private water corporation is still in Section 31 of PD 957, as amended by PD 1216, categorically states that “(O)pen spaces shall be
operation will violate Section 46 of PD 198, which provides that, non-alienable public lands, and non-buildable.”
“(N)o franchise shall be granted to any person or agency for domestic Thus, applying said provision in the instant case, the on-going construction of the barangay
water service within the district or any portion thereof unless and except hall in an open space in the city is prohibited. Therefore, the issue on whether a building permit is
to the extent that the board of directors of said district consents thereto needed is insignificant because the act of building the barangay hall in itself is a prohibited act.
by resolution duly adopted.” (DILG Opinion No. 137, S. 2010) (DILG Opinion No. 136, S. 2010)
Page 8 THE REGIONS AT A GLANCE November 2010
R9 towns bag Seal of Good
Housekeeping award for LGUs
In line with the del Norte, two (2) of the
Department’s commitment to nineteen (19) 4 th – 6 th Class
aggressively scale up Municipalities of Region IX
interventions to elevate were adjudged as national
governance practices in the winners of the Seal of Good
Local Government Units Housekeeping for LGUs
(LGUs), the Department of the Program.
Interior and Local Government Winning LGUs were
(DILG), as effected by awarded the Performance
Department Memorandum Challenge Fund (PCF) grant
dated September 27, 2010, amounting to PhP 1 Million
launched the Seal of Good each. It is an incentive fund
Housekeeping for LGUs given to the LGUs in the form
Program. of counterpart funding to high-
Secretary Robredo (seated center), flanked by Director Paul Sa’i (left) of the Office of Rural Development (ORD) The program is in impact capital investment
of Papua New Guinea and Usec. Austere Panadero (right), with Region VI Director Evelyn Trompeta (standing consonance with the projects in the Annual
third from right) and other PNG officials pose for photo ops during a courtesy call. Photo by L. Espelimbergo Department’s aim of Investment Program (AIP),
institutionalizing and further consistent with the national
Mutual trust, people’s participation in promoting the value of
development goals and
Mindanao underscored participation and performance Based on the Project Design
among local governments. submitted, the Municipality of
Implemented in all 4th-6th Leon Postigo will utilize their
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - mile in making sure that the change of paradigm that is class municipalities, the Seal of PCF for the rehabilitation of the
“The development of government succeeds. constituency-driven, for a clean Good Housekeeping for LGUs Municipal Health Center, while
Mindanao will come from the “We, in DILG, believe it is and honest government.” Program is focused on four (4) the LGU of Tampilisan will
people of Mindanao…It is important that we cultivate the Robredo was invited to the areas – Good Planning; Sound utilize the grant afforded them,
important for Mindanaoans to trust of constituencies in order said affair by the University of Fiscal Management; for the landscaping of the plaza
be advocates of Mindanao,” for the locality to prosper. We Asia and the Pacific and the A Transparency and of the municipality.
DILG Secretary Jesse M. now introduce tools, such as Brown Company as the guest Accountability; and Valuing of Moreover, the PCF Grant is
Robredo said to hundreds of disclosure by LGU by of honor and speaker. He was Performance Monitoring, duly supported with a
local officials and business publishing to the website or joined by Dr. Bernardo M. respectively, within which Memorandum of Agreement
leaders in region 10 present last posting on billboards the Villegas, noted Economist and participating LGUs will be (MOA) between DILG Secretary
November 18 at Xavier Sports budget, procurement and any Harvard-trained speaker and evaluated, assessed and Jesse M. Robredo and the
and Country Club, this city, as money matters of the LGU, and Dean of Economics of the adjudged on. winning municipality,
speaker during the 1 st also on the Seal of Good University of Asia and the After thorough evaluation represented by the Local Chief
Government-Private Sector Housekeeping program,” Pacific, and Rolando T. Dy, and validation, the Executive (LCE).
Conference on our Country’s added Robredo. Executive Director of the Center municipalities of Leon Postigo Anang Lia Sahi
Economic Prospects Under the Moreover, Secretary for Food and Agri-business and Tampilisan, Zamboanga
Aquino Administration. Robredo also recognized the from the same University.
Robredo underlined in his
message the importance of
importance of people’s
participation, especially that of
Villegas presented topics
on the Philippine Economy Robredo visits ARMM
building mutual trust between the civil society. He believed under P-Noy, the shift in
the local officials and the that if there is anyone that can global economic power and Interior and Local The e stee me d
constituents, partnership with do better than the government, how the country can claim its Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo also called on the
the private sector, and let them do it. One example is place in the N-11 (next eleven Robredo was warmly polit ical leade rs and the
advocate for better image of by including an NGO countries identified by global welcomed at the ARMM Office he ads of na t iona l li ne
Mindanao as key factors for representative in everything the investment banking and of the Regional Governor age ncies in Mindana o to
development in the island. government does. securities firm, Goldman Sachs, Cultural Complex, Cotabato “ m ai nt ain unity and k eep
“It is important that the Further, the Secretary as having a high potential of City on November 17, 2010 to programs aligned”. He further
governed should trust the challenged everyone present to becoming the world’s largest grace the 21 st Autonomous reminded them to observe and
governor. The governor must be advocates of good economies in the 21st century). Region in Muslim Mindanao maintain business-friendly
listen to the governed. It is governance. He pointed out Meanwhile, Dy presented on Anniversary celebration. environment in their offices.
important they constructively that it’s the people in the how agri-business is a viable In hi s messag e , he He said that “good planning,
engage with each other. It is community that will make resource for Mindanao to take conveyed that the celebration sound policies and good physical
important to work together things work, saying that: “We advantage of. must be seen as a golden management in LGUs deserve the
because at the end of the day get the kind of government that Among the local chief oppo rt unity to de v elop Seal of Good Housekeeping”.
it’s the only thing that will save we deserve. The government is executives present were ARMM. He stressed that In wrapping up his
them,” said Robredo. the mirror of the kind of Misamis Oriental Governor “Mindanao is important and if speech, he said that “peace and
He explained that by community that we have, and Oscar S. Moreno, Cagayan de som e t h ing happen s to order is everybody’s business”.
building the trust of the kind of governance that we Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Mindanao, the whole country is Robredo proceeded to
constituencies to governors, the have mirrors the kind of Emano, and Iligan City Mayor affected because we belong to Davao City to attend other
people will then be willing to engagements that we promote Lawrence Ll. Cruz. one country and we are all engagements.
make sacrifices and go extra in the jurisdiction… We need a Rochelle Dagang Filipinos”. Rosshelle Sampulna
Page 9 THE REGIONS AT A GLANCE November 2010
LGU responsibility of posting
financial status stressed
Department of the Interior Investment Program and
and Local Government funded the 20% Development
Secretary Jesse M Robredo Fund consistent with national
reiterated Local Government priorities, it seeks
Units’ responsibility to fully improvements in LGU
disclose their financial status. performance by linking
During the 60 th incentives/financial grants
Anniversary and National with performing LGUs based
Convention of the Association on an established set of
of Government Accountants of requirements and condition like
the Philippines (AGAP) held at adhering to Local Government
the Camp John Hay Trade and Code provisions.
Cultural Center in Baguio City, Sec. Robredo also
the SILG said that the “carrot mentioned if these still fail to
and stick” system have been compel LGUs to post their
laid out in relation to the financial reports, the
provision expressed in the department will publish the
Local Government Code that names of provinces, cities,
LGUs are to post in municipalities who obliged and
conspicuous places in the town those who did not and “Bahala
or city halls their updated na ung mga mamamayan na
financial status. husgahan siya (LGU),” the SILG
San Juan City Vice-Mayor Francis Zamora receives from DILG-NCR Dir. Rene Brion, the multicabs donated by He said that the “stick” said.
Senator Loren Legarda. Photo by R. Sanchez Section 354 of the LG code
meaning the punishment part
shall be covered by an requires the posting within 30
agreement with the Department days from the end of each fiscal
DILG inks MOA with CMP, NACPHIL of Budget Management (DBM)
that part of the budget review
year in at least three publicly
accessible and conspicuous
process is the certification that places in the local government
DILG Secretary Jesse M. On th e othe r ha nd, Mayor of Naga City for 19 they have obliged with the full unit a summary of all revenues
Robredo signed an agreement anot he r MO A wa s a lso years. That partnership, he disclosure. If the LGUs have not collected and funds received
recently with the Community re c e ntly signe d to fi ght said, had resulted to orderly obliged, the departments will including the appropriations
Mortgage Program and human trafficking and illegal and honest governance in not issue a certification and and disbursements of such
National Auxiliary overseas recruitment. the City. therefore their latest budgets funds during the preceding
Chaplaincy of the Philippines The signing was among Maricel Genzola, head will be reenacted. While the fiscal year.
at Manresa Training Center, the many agreements that s e c r e t a r ia t o f t he C M P “carrot” or the incentive part The Secretary said that
Cagayan de Oro City. the Department has made national congress referred to will be the Performance posting financial transactions
Among the agreements in these past few months with Robredo’s presence in the Challenge Fund. in conspicuous places within
the MOA, the DILG will different NGOs and CSOs to signing as a clear indication The Performance their localities, or publishing the
support and advance the CMP establish commitments in t h a t s oc ia li z e d ho u s i ng Challenge Fund is an incentive same in newspapers of general
congress through the former’s pursuing good governance, (paba hay) is a lso pa rt of fund to LGUs in the form of circulation and in their websites
representation to Social i n l in e wi th Pr e s i d e nt good governance. counterpart funding to high- is promoting transparency and
Housing Finance Corporation B e n ig n o A qu i no I I I ’ s “ W e r e c o g n iz e t he impact capital investment accountability in local
(SHFC), and encourage LGUs framework of governance, D e p a r t me n t ’ s c o nc e r n projects in the Annual government units. Cris Rimando
to establish their own housing stopping corruption in order towards this sector and we
program. to alleviate poverty. believe in its participation
S ecr e tary Rob re do DILG already forged an (naniniwala din ka mi na
disclosed during the open agreement with Region 10’s kabahagi ang DILG),” she
forum that there will be a Balay M i nd a na w said.
budget tracking betwee n Fo unda t ion I nc . wi th it s Representatives of
n o n - g o v e r n m e n t Budget Tracking Towards around thirty (30) NGOs from
orga n izations and their T r a n sp a r e n t a nd Luzon, Visayas a nd
partner LGUs. According to A c c o u nt a b le (BTTAG) Mindanao were present that
him, in order to implement program that will be useful evening, comprising three
the full disclosure policy of in making people aware of regional networks – Localized
the Department, an NGO how their local officials do Community Mortga ge
partner is needed. He said the t h e ir d u t ie s a nd Program (LCMP) of Luzon,
Department has tied up with responsibilities and the way Visayas Alliance for Social
Tra nspa r e ncy and the LGU spends its money. and Poverty Housing MDGF 1919 IEC Localization in Region V. Participants and organizers
Accountability Network, a Secretary Robredo (VASPHI) of Visayas, and pose for posterity after the successful conduct of the 3-day seminar-
group composed of multi- fu r t he r ga ve i ns ig ht s on Kahugpongan sa Mindanao workshop on MDGF 1919: Water is Life to Me Communication for
sec t oral or ga niz a t ions engaging partnerships with (KAMI) of Mindanao. Also Development Strategic Action Planning held at the Villa Caceres Hotel in
seeking to contribute to the th e C S O s by sh a r ing h is present were representatives Naga City. Participants include four local government beneficiaries in
reduction of corruption in e xper ience with the said of NACPHIL. Region 5 namely, Basud and Capalonga in Cam Norte and Gatchitorena
and Siruma in Cam Sur.
the country. sector when he was still a Rochelle Dagang
Page 10 THE INTERIOR SECTOR AT A GLANCE November 2010
Medalya ng Kadakilaan awarded BFP to conduct fire safety
to slain fireman inspection on firecrackers
The fireman who was Cuartel said the two DILG Bangkal in Makati City. products, citing recent fire and
killed by an unidentified officials also handed over to Showing resistance, he and explosion incidents in Cavite,
suspect during a shootout in Bose’s wife a Special Financial another civilian who was in the Baliuag and Angat, Bulacan.
Makati City last week was Assistance worth P169,000.00 area were shot several times by He explained that under
given a posthumous award by from the Bureau of Fire the gunman. the law, RA 7183, there are
officials of the Department of Protection which is equivalent He was on his way back to types of firecrackers and
the Interior and Local to his six months salary, and the Makati fire substation from pyrotechnic devices that may
Government (DILG) recently. other benefits from BFP Mutual his duty at a BFP command be manufactured, sold,
BFP Officer-in-Charge Benefits Association Inc. post stationed near the West distributed and used such as,
Chief Supt. Nimfa D. Cuartel (MBAI). His hospitalization Tower Condominium where a baby rocket, bawang, small
said DILG Secretary Jesse and burial expenses was gas leak had been discovered. triangulo, pulling of strings, el
Robredo and Undersecretary shouldered by the Makati City Bose, 54 years old, who Diablo, watusi, Judah’s belt,
Rico Puno presented the Government which was was contemplating on his sky rocket (kwitis).
facilitated by Mayor Junjun retirement at the time of his Bandilla “These firecrackers must
Medalya ng Kadakilaan to
Jhona Bose, wife of slain fire Binay. death, has served the fire With the advent of the contain not more than 1/3
man, FO3 Armando B. Bose at Bose was on board a bureau for 24 years. He is Yuletide season that is teaspoon of powder volume,”
the fireman’s wake at motorcycle, when an armed survived by his wife and two traditionally celebrated with the BFP chief added.
Barangay Gulod, Novaliches, suspect tried to grab his children namely, Daryll and fireworks display, the Bureau Other pyrotechnic
Quezon City. motorcycle along Barangay Eia. of Fire Protection (BFP) of the products allowed are:
Department of the Interior and sparklers, luces, fountain,
Local Government (DILG) will jumbo regular and special, a
step up its inspection kind of sparkler similar to a
campaign on factories and fountain but bigger in size,
establishments manufacturing mabuhay sparklers roman
and selling firecrackers and candle, trompillo, airwolf – a
other pyrotechnic products, kind of sky rocket shaped like
BFP Director Rolando Bandilla an airplane with a propeller to
said. rise about 40 or 50 feet and
Bandilla said he has provide various kinds of light
ordered the inspection upon while aloft, whistle device,
instruction of DILG Secretary butterfly – butterfly-shaped
Jesse M. Robredo to ensure that pyrotechnic device designed to
establishments are complying lift above ground while
with fire safety regulations and providing light.
standard as mandated by the Bandilla also urged
Fire Code of the Philippines. owners, manufacturers and
Ordered to conduct the vendors to cooperate and
inspection were BFP regional support the BFP’s fire
directors, district and city fire prevention campaign, and that
marshals nationwide. they possess the necessary
Bandilla said the permits from the local
inspection is being initiated as government unit and
a preventive measure against Philippine National Police
fire incidents or explosions that (PNP) on the sale of firecrackers
may be caused by the or any pyrotechnic products or
Secretary Robredo hands over a check for P169,000 as financial assistance to Jhona Bose, wife of slain fireman FO3
manufacture or sale of merchandise as required by the
Armando B. Bose, who was killed by an unidentified gunman during a shootout in Makati City last week, as Undersecretary
Rico E. Puno (in glasses) looks on. The check represents Bose’s six months salary and other benefits from the Bureau firecrackers or pyrotechnic fire code.
of Fire Protection’s Mutual Benefits Association Inc. Photo by Jun Villanueva
Improved crime record posted in 2010
Crime incidents dipped by Cruz Jr. said “the significant and 28.37% decrease in crimes
more than a third in the first improvement in the overall against property.
eight months of 2010. crime situation is attributed “These statistics show an
Crime data gathered by the largely to the 150-day election ever improving trend in the
Directorate for Investigation gunban period that took effect overall peace and order
and Detective Management from January to June in situation,” Cruz said as he
(DIDM) based on reports from connection with the May 2010 doused undue apprehensions
the Police Regional Offices national and local elections.” of a perceived crime wave
showed a 38.33% drop in Total Consistent with the decline sweeping the country arising
Crime Volume (205,604) in Total Crime Volume are from a series of recent high-
during the 8-month period from corresponding double-digit profile crime incidents.”
January to August this year decreases in Index Crime “These particular cases do
from the 333,416 crime (27.98%) and Non-Index Crime not necessarily reflect the Secretary Robredo exhorts the PNP Finance Officers throughout the
incidents recorded during the (43.87%). prevailing peace and order country to carryout President Aquino’s vision of “Daang Matuwid” by
same period in 2009. Likewise, the national situation on a national scale,” adhering to the proper disbursement of PNP’s funds, during the recent
PNP Spokesperson, Senior crime record posted a 39.1% the PNP Spokesperson said. Seminar-Workshop on Cash Management and Control held at Camp Crame.
Superintendent Agrimero drop in crimes against persons, PNP-PIO Photo by N. Dayang
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Guiyab named as new
Pasay City fire marshal
As more and more officials
of the Bureau of Fire Protection
(BFP) are proving their excellent
leadership skills, another junior
official of the fire bureau was
appointed to the Pasay City Fire
Department of the Interior
and Local Government (DILG)
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo
appointed new Pasay City Fire
Marshal Chief Inspector Douglas
M. Guiyab vice C/Insp. Junito
In a Department Order no. high-rise building in Pasay City.
2010-842 dated September 23, He will also introduce the
2010, the appointment papers of Barangay Ugnayan, a program
Guiyab was signed by Secretary geared towards the active
Robredo upon the participation of different
recommendation of Bureau of barangay officials of the city.
Fire Protection (BFP) Director Under this project the
Secretary Robredo receives a wooden galleon, crafted by inmates, as a memento from BJMP Director Rosendo Dial at Rolando M. Bandilla Jr. and barangays shall organized and
the National Summit on Collaborative Partnership Towards Enhancing the Dignity of Persons Deprived of Liberty endorsed by the BFP-NCR equipped community brigade
held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila. During the summit, Robredo exhorts partner agencies and organizations to help Regional Selection and that will serve as first line of
the BJMP carry out programs that would push for the aggressive decongestion of jails and enhance the living Placement Board Resolution no. defense against conflagration.
conditions of inmates. Photo by L. Espelimbergo 2010-09-01 headed by S/Supt. He will also activate the
Pablito D. Cordeta. Junior Fire Marshal among the
Build partnerships to enhance In a simple turn-over
ceremony, BFP District 3 Fire
elementary and high school
students for fire prevention and
the dignity of PDLs -- Robredo Marshal Supt. Mauricio Ramos
formally swore into office
Presently, the Pasay Fire
Speaking at the two day The Bureau of Ja il and health and sanitation is Guiyab at the Pasay City Fire District have 45 fire personnel
Na tional Summit : Management and Penology District office. He is the former and 5 volunteer aides which is
less than ideal to provide for
Municipal Fire Marshal of Imus, still below the ratio of 1: 2000. It
Collaborative Partnership (BJMP) who has supervision humane treatment of PDLs.
Cavite and an official of the has 3 operational fire trucks and
Towards Enhancing the on 155 district jails, 101 city Ja il Congestion also Cavite Provincial Fire District. 3 more fire trucks undergoing
Dignity of Persons Deprived jails, 741 municipal jails, 3 exacts pressure on the overall He is a graduate of the Philippine repair .
of Liberty at Diamond Hotel, female dormitories and a physical and social National Police Academy Class His vast experience earned
Manila , Department of the youth home all ove r the infrastructure of jail facilities. of 1999 and married to Sherlle him various awards among them,
Interior and Local country has about 59,000 The rate of jail deterioration Marie Guiyab. Gawad Kalasag from NDCC,
Government (DILG) square meters cell area and estimated at P4 billion is Among his target projects Medalya ng Kasanayan, Medalya ng
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo should carry an ideal capacity equivalent to the education are additional fire trucks and Papuri and Medalya ng Pagtulong
said, “Building partnership to of about 20,000 inmates. But sector’s school building aerial ladder which can be use for sa Nasalanta.
push for the aggre ssive as of end of September 2010, program to keep with the
decongestion of jails and
support measures to
the BJMP has 60,423 inmates
which is about 40,000 more
growth of basic education
Bearis is BFP Deputy
humanize our jails in the
short -term enhance the
than the ideal capacity, or
about 300 percent higher.
and scar city are also
potential fuse of intolerance,
Chief for Operations
dignity of PDLs.” The standard for each tension, animosity, gang wars also monitors the accomplishments
Persons Depriv ed of inmate reasonable living is at and even death on jails. and feedbacks from the regions.
Liberty (PDLs) include all least 4.7 square meters. The Robredo wants to Their main function is to direct
persons who are arrested, actual capacity is thrice as decongest and humanize jails the Regional Directors if the
detaine d, imprisoned or much the idea l capacity for a conducive atmosphere to orders and memoranda from the
otherwise under custody of which make its inmates include implementing the main office is implemented to the
government authorities., squeezed into a cell area less BJMP’S JAILS First Program, fire bureau offices in the regions,
PDLs may be held in jails, than 1 square meter. The space where the performance provinces, cities and
prisons, detention centers, is not even enough for one yardstick will measure results municipalities nationwide.
“lock-ups”, hospitals, person to sleep lying down, at the level of the jail, to develop Bearis is also one of the
responsible persons in passing the
re habilitation ce nters or unless one sleeps while inmate-centered care services,
new R.A. 9514 or the new Fire
elsewhere. sitting or agrees with others pushing for reasonable after-
Code of the Philippines. He is a
Robre do sa id to take turns to sleep. care program where they are Bearis member of the Technical
“overcrowding ja il Increasing jail population able to pursue meaningful lives The office of the Deputy Chief Working Group (TWG) which
conditions deprived dignity of also squeezes the budget for after leaving the jails and for Operations of the Bureau of crafted the Implementing Rules
inmates in the Philippines , each inmate of P50.00. The support the ratification of the Fire Protection (BFP) is the policy and Regulations (IRR) of the new
the story is not new to us, the inmates needs in jails like Senate on the Optional Protocol –making body of the bureau. BFP- fire code. He is also the Bids and
realities in our jails, foster food and nutrition; clean Convention Against Torture Deputy Chief for Operations C/ Awards Committee (BAC)
inhumanity and indignity.” water and hygiene; clothing; (OPCAT). Supt. Ruben F. Bearis said his office Chairman of the bureau.
VOL. 5 NO. 11 November 2010
DILG, CSOs ink pact
The Department and four communication materials on
civil society organizations the identification and response
(CSOs) – Blas F. Ople Center to trafficking cases in source,
and Training Institute; Visayan transit and destination areas, as
Forum Foundation Inc.; well as conduct training
Association of Child Caring programs among DILG and
Agencies of the Philippines; LGU personnel on prevention,
and Philippine Center for Islam detection, prosecution, re-
DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero, representing Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, signs the Memorandum of
and Democracy – have forged integration and community
Agreement with Executive Director Sixto Donato Macasaet of the Caucus of Development NGO Network (CODE
an agreement to intensify the education.
NGO) and Ms. Divina Luz Lopez of the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural
Areas (PhilDHRRA). Photo by N. Dayang
campaign against human On the other hand, the
trafficking in the country. DILG shall issue directives to
DILG launches vigilance to volunteerism program Secretary Jesse M. Robredo
said all parties have agreed to
The Department through Memorandum of Agreement PhilDHRRA and other further step up the advocacies, recruiter-monitoring
its Local Government (MOA) with program partners development partners. interventions and active mechanisms; promotion of
Academy (LGA) has launched Caucus of Development NGO Panadero said the program participation of local family and community
a program that would enlist the Networks (Code-NGO) and aims to improve the state of government units in the fight empowerment to prevent
active participation of civil Philippine Partnership for the local governance through against human trafficking, trafficking; and strengthening
society organizations (CSOs) Development of Human integrating civil society adding that the private sector’s and mobilization of existing
and non-government Resources in Rural Areas organizations (CSOs) and non- participation in the campaign committees, councils or similar
organizations (NGOs) in local (PhilDHRRA) at the SEAMEO government organizations is essential considering their bodies to prevent and suppress
governance. Innotech in Quezon City. (NGOs) in local government network and resources. trafficking in persons.
Dubbed as “Vigilance to Undersecretary for Local processes and enlisting their Under the agreement, CSOs As this developed, the
Volunteerism: A Program Government Austere Panadero active participation in shall be the primary partners of Philippine National Police
Intensifying People’s signed the MOA for the DILG governance. the Department in promoting (PNP) reported that from
Engagement in Local during the “Participatory It has four components and supporting a systematic January 2008 to September this
Governance(V2V PIPELOG)”, Governance Forum” attended namely: information dissemination and year, some 816 women and
the program was launched prevention campaign against children were victims of human
by officials from the DILG, 1. CSO Mapping will
with the signing of a trafficking in persons. trafficking. Of the number, the
LGA, Code-NGO and Continued on page 4
Specifically, they shall PNP report said, 420 are
develop guidelines and women and 396 are children.
LGUs urged to update
land use plans
To efficiently plan and He reminded LGUs to
manage local development, the comply with the requirements
Department has asked all local of law pertaining to planning
government chief executives to by updating the CLUP and
prepare and update their CDP, as original premises may
comprehensive development no longer exist or have
plan (CDP) and comprehensive changed in terms of general
land use plan (CLUP) to considerations like thrusts,
include the current policies of policies and strategies of the
the Aquino administration. present administration.
Secretary Jesse M. Robredo Robredo issued the
said there is a need for all directive after receiving reports
provincial governors, city and from the Congressional
municipal mayors to formulate Committee on Housing and
or revisit their respective CLUPs Urban Development of the
and CDPs to consider the House of Representatives that
continuing changes in the says only 437 out of 1,635 or
Secretary Robredo briefs regional and local officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) on the physical framework of local 31% of cities and municipalities
reforms being undertaken in the region during a meeting held at Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong City recently. government units and the are working on CLUPs
Other top government officials who attended the conference include Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Presidential present thrusts of President prepared from 1978 to 1999.
Spokesperson Secretary Edwin Lacierda, among others. Photo by L. Espelimbergo Benigno S. Aquino III. Continued on page 4