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 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
                                                                              Issues:
                                                                                  Is a municipal social welfare and development officer entitled to hazard allowance?

                                                                              Held:
                                                                                   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
                                                                              Facts:
    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)
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                                                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                    transparency, accountability,
                                                                                                                                                        development goals and
                                                                                                                                                        priorities.

                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
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                                                                                                                        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
 Page 11                                                     THE INTERIOR SECTOR AT A GLANCE                                                                      November 2010

                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                     District.
                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                     F.Maslang.                              Guiyab
                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                             info drive.
                                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                                              enrolment. Overcrowding
                                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                           on trafficking
                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                        LGUs       relative
                                                                                                                                                        institutionalization
                                                                                                                                                                               to    the
                                                                                                                                                                                       of
    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

				
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