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                VOL. 7 NO. 4                                 www.dilg.gov.ph                                April 2012




   Tapatan on disaster
 preparedness launched                                          Story on page 2




Interfacing of Secretary Jesse M. Robredo with
the participants in the Tapatan Roadshow held
recently in Iloilo City. Joining him are (L-R)
Governor Victor A. Tanco,Sr. of the Province of
Capiz, Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia of Bacolod
City, Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. of the
Province of Iloilo and DILG Region VI Director
Evelyn A. Trompeta. Photo by Lito Espelimbergo

   Transfer of high-risk             Punong barangay         Region 3’s showcase   Carnapping incidents           Seal of Disaster
  inmates of Kidapawan                has no authority         barangay holds                                      Preparedness
                                 to create admin positions                          dip by 49% in March
  jail to Bicutan mulled                                        Assembly Day                                         launched
            p2                      Legal Opinion p6                  p8                    p10                         p12

                              For complaints and inquiries, text DILG to 2299
  Page 2                                                                               NEWS                                                                              April 2012

   Tapatan on disaster preparedness launched
     In any kind of disaster or            The first of the series of        Joey Salceda and Mary Ann
calamity, preparedness and           summi ts was c onduct ed                Lucille Sering of the Climate
coordination among concerned         recently in the Western Visayas         Change Commission (CCC).
agenc ies and sectors are of         Region at the Sarabia Manor                 At t he end o f t he day,
par amount impo rtance to            Hotel, Iloilo City.                     summit participants signed a
lessen i ts possible adve rse              DILG Region VI regional           pl edge of co mmi tm ent f or
impacts and prevent the loss of      director Evelyn Trompeta, who           disaster preparedness to show
lives and properties.                ho ste d the ac tivity,  said           their firm resolve to carry out
     Such is the prin ciple          participants included the local         their LDRRM plans.
behind the Tapatan on Disaster       chi ef e xecutives of the 139               On th e f oll ow ing day,
Pr epare dne ss, a se rie s of       pr ovi nce s,     ci tie s      and     DI LG      also     hel d    t he
re gi onal sum mit s bei ng          municipalities in Region 6 and          Collaboration Workshop for
spearhe aded by t he DI LG           their respective Local Disaster         the 18 Major River Basins (The
which aims to advocate and           Ri sk      Reduc tio n          and     Panay River Basin) in Iloilo
institutionalize the concept of      Managem ent               O ffi ce rs   City. This activity was attended     Secretary Jesse M. Robredo delivers his message to the participants at the
disaster preparedness among          (LDRRMO s) as we ll as                  by the Local Chief Executives        culminating activity of the Increasing Transparency in Local Governance
lo cal gove rn men t uni ts          re pre sen tat ive s f rom DRR-         of the Provinces of Iloilo and       through Informed Citizen’s Participation in Public Finance held at the
nationwide.                          CCA partner Regional Line               Capiz t oge the r wit h t he ir      Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center.               Photo by Noel Dayang
     DI LG Se cre tar y Jesse        Agen cie s, Ci vi l Soc ie ty           Ch air per son o f t he SP
Robredo said Tapatan aims to         Or gan izatio ns (CS Os) , and          Environment Committee and
in st ill in t he mi nds of t he     Academic Institutions.                  Pr ovi nci al DRRMO ; t he                   P300K bounty put up
public, the local and national             This activity, in line with       Mayor s      and     Muni cipal
go ver nm ent
co nce rn ed,     an d
                       of fi cials
                           oth er
                                     Republic Act No. 10121 or the
                                     Ph il ippin e Disast er Ri sk
                                                                             DRRMO s
                                                                             Municipalities.
                                                                                              of     cover ed           for Reyes brothers’ arrest
stakeholders their respective        Reduction and Management                    The Tapatan on Disaster              Private sector supporters of            Ortega, also the ABS-CBN
tasks – func tio nal and             Ac t o f 2010, bei ng he ld in          Preparedness is an offshoot of      slai n     broadcaster         and      program director for Philippine
operatio nal ro le s – be for e,     re spo nse t o t he cl amo r of         the success of the seri es of       environmentalist Dr. Gerardo            Eco tourism Pal awan, was
during and after a disaster.         different sectors of society to         Tapat an activi ties last year      “Gerry” Ortega has put up a             gunn ed dow n on broad
                                     st re ngt he n t he disast er           fo cussin g o n the Full            P300,000 bounty for informants          daylight while shopping at a
     “We want to devel op a
culture of preparedness among        preparedness efforts of local           Disclosure Policy. As a result      who could provide leads for the         used clothing (ukay-ukay) store
LGUs and the public so that the      government units following the          of l ast year ’s ac tivit y,        arrest of his alleged murder            in Puerto Princ esa Ci ty,
co un try w oul d be abl e to        oc cur ren ce     of       vario us     compliance among LGUs to the        masterminds, former Palawan             Palawan on January 24, 2011.
respond more effectively and         calamities in many parts of the         FDP, which requires making          Gov. Joel T. Reyes and his                   The police later arrested the
mitigate the adverse impacts of      country recently.                       publi c per tin ent fi nanci al     brother, Coron town mayor               gunman, Marlon Recamata,
                                           Am ong th e resour ce             information, rose from around       Mario Reyes Jr.                         who claimed he was hired by
every disaster that h its the
                                     persons were Albay Governor             20 percent to 90%.                       DILG Secretary Jesse M.            Joel Reyes’s also arrested
country,” said Robredo.
                                                                                                                 Robredo said the funds were             security aide, Rodolfo Edrad Jr.
                                                                                                                 pooled in from those offered by         Edrad has claimed that on
                Transfer of high-risk inmates                                                                    his friends from the private
                                                                                                                 sector and the fund-raising
                                                                                                                                                         Reyes’s orders, he hired
                                                                                                                                                         Recamata for 150,000 to do the
            of Kidapawan jail to Bicutan mulled                                                                  efforts from the camp of Ortega’s
                                                                                                                 widow, Patria Ortega.
                                                                                                                                                         job.
                                                                                                                                                              The Department of Justice
     Plan s are underway to          grants the DOJ’s request, then          injured including fire and jail          “The camp of Mrs. Ortega           earlier cleared Reyes of the
transfer the detention of high-      the t ransfer o f the in mates          personnel.                          has put up P100,000 and my              charges for insufficiency of
risk inmate s from the               would presumably follow,” he                The resolution noted that       friends from the private sector         evidence but reversed it and
Kidapawan distri ct jai l in         added.                                  the Kidapawan district jail,        also were able to raise P200,000.       indicted him and several
Kidapawan City to the Bicutan             The arran gement to                which is located adjacent to the    That’s a total of P300,000 as           suspects later.
district jail in Taguig City.        relocate the high-risk inmates          city hall as well as residential    reward money to any informant                Acting on the DOJ’s move,
     The plan, accordin g to         was sought by the Kidapawan             and commercial areas, does not      who could provide us leads for          the Palawan Regional Trial
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo,        City Peace and Order Council            have comprehensive security         the  arre st of the Re yes              Court Branch 52 on March 27
is to prevent a repeat of  the       through a resolution addressed          measure s       and     eno ugh     brothers,” the DILG chief said.         ordered the arrest of the Reyes
February 19 incident wherein         to Justice Secretary Leila M. De        man power to im mediat ely               Robredo said he is of the          brothers, former Palawan
around 50 unidentified heavily-      Lima through Secre tary                 respond to the needs of securing    belief that the fugitive Reyes          Provincial Administrator Romeo
arm ed men assaulted the             Robredo.                                high risk inmates.                  brothers are still in hiding in the     Seratubias and provincial
Kidapawan district jail in a bid          In i ts reso lution, the               In her letter-request to the    country as ther e were no               government employees Arturo
to    r escue      a    detained     Kidapawan POC chaired by                high court through the Court        indications or reports that they        Regalado and Percival Lecias in
Maguindanao-based notorious          Mayor Rodolfo Gantuangco,               Admi nistrator, J ose Mi das        may have escaped abroad to              connection with Ortega’s
Muslim bandit leader identified      cited the February 19 attempt to        Marquez, the DOJ secretary said     evade prosecution using the             murder.
as Datucan Samad, aka                rescue Datucan Samad, one of            she shares the concern of the       country’s air and sea ports, or              While Reyes’s lawyers have
“Lastikman,” .                       the 17 hi gh risk inmates               Peace and Order Council of          through the Southern backdoor.          asked the Court of Appeals to
     Robredo         said     the    detained in the Kidapawan jail,         Kidapawan and agree that the             “There are no records or           nullify the warrant of arrest and
Department of Justice has            and whose group is reportedly           detention place of these high       reports from the Bureau of              filed a petition for certiorari on
already requested the Supreme        engaged in bombings, terrorism,         risk inmate s shoul d be            Immigration that the Reyes              the latest DOJ resolution
Court to transfer the hearing of     insurgenc y,      ki dnappi ng,         transferred.                        brothers have left for abroad           recommending the filing of
the high-risk cases pending          carnappings and other crimes.               “However, the transfer of       while our police tracker teams          murder charges against them
before the Regional Trial Courts          The foiled rescue incident         their detention place could not     have also not received reports          and their alleged cohorts, the CA
of the Province of Cotabato to       resulted in the death of three          be effected unless the venue of     that both may have used the             has yet to act on his appeal and
other venues.                        civilians including a Red Cross         the hearing is also transferred,”   Southern backdoor to escape             the warrant for his arrest is still
     “Once the Supreme Court         volunteer, while 16 others were         De Lima added.                      prosecution,” he said.                  in effect.
  Page 3                                                                      SPECIAL FEATURE                                                                          April 2012


                              Barangay Emergency Response
                                                        Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City
     In general, most emergencies are efficiently managed if the first responders are            response agencies at all levels to develop a sense of community ownership. The program
well trained and appropriately equipped to handle such situations. But most of the               entails emergency response trainings for barangay employees, community leaders and
barangays cannot afford to organize or acquire sophisticated emergency rescue teams              other groups. It involves coordination with various organizations such as the Pasiguenas
or equipment and often have to make do with whoever and whatever is available at the             Organization for Women Empowerment and Recognition, Inc. (POWER); Antonio
moment until proper rescue personnel arrive.                                                     Village Homeowners Association and Senior Citizens Association, Association of
     In the case of resource-rich Barangay San Antonio, however, a barangay rescue               Building Managers,
team has been in place since 2000. Back then, the team was composed of Fire Rescue               Or ti gas        Center
                                                                    Personnel. In early          As socia tion,       In c.
                                                                    2008, the barangay           (O CA I), Pas ig Ci ty
                                                                    l e a d e r s h i p          Rescue           T ea m,
                                                                    established its very         Na tiona l D isa ster
                                                                    ow n       Emerg en cy       Coor d ina ting
                                                                    R e s p on s e / R es cu e   Coun ci l,           a nd
                                                                    Pr og ram         w hi ch    PHIVOLCS.
                                                                    integrated the F ire               Regular meetings
                                                                    and Medical Teams            wi th          Buil di ng
                                                                    under the supervision        Admi nistra tors,
                                                                    of the Ba ra ng ay           officers of OCAI, and
                                                                    D i s a s t e r              H o m e o w n e r s
                                                                    Coord inati ng               As socia ti on en sure
                                                                    Coun ci l.           T he    that they are updated
                                                                    barangay can afford          wi th               n ew
                                                                    to do this because it        developments a nd
                                                                    ha s      a       mi xed     in forma tion          on
                                                                    r e s i d en t i a l -       servi ces from the
                                                                    comm er cia l       ar ea    Barangay.
                                                                    wh ere the Ortig as                The Barangay San Antonio communications system consists of 2 hotlines with
Business District of Pasig City is located. It is the location of about 39 high-end              recorders which can be accessed 24 hours, an alert panic button switch, and 30 handheld
condominium residences and 60 high rise buildings where more than 7,000 commercial               radios that are enhanced by a repeater system based in Antipolo.
establishments operate. As a result, the barangay’s real property tax collections alone                In early 2010, the Command Center (CC) was set up in the newly constructed
are more than sufficient to fund the establishment of a sophisticated emergency response         Barangay Hall. The CC provides real-time visibility as it operates 10 strategically
program.                                                                                         located, closed-circuit cameras. The TV screens are monitored by eight personnel
     And since the barangay is located along an earthquake fault, the 25,000 residents           reporting in three shifts. Emergency and disaster situations such as accidents, traffic
and the 140,000 employees who are working in Ortigas Center are highly at risk to                and other serious incidents are monitored by the CC, which also operates as the barangay
earthquakes and the resulting fires. They are the ones who would benefit from the                dispatch center for ambulances, fire trucks, and security vehicles. The CC provides
existence of an emergency response program. At the very least, the program helps                 highly preventive mechanism for the surveillance and apprehension of criminals and
them prepare for all kinds of emergencies and assures them that they can depend on a             for immediate and prompt response to calls for help.
highly trained pool of volunteer emergency responders in times of crisis.                              In May 2010, the BSA Incident Command System (ICS) was established as another
     The most defining moments of the ER team were the rescue of 12 victims of Typhoon           mechanism that provides an effective unified command and minimizes confusion
Ondoy in Pasig, the evacuation of 300 families during the Fire Rescue Operations in              duri ng ti mes of
Barangay San Antonio and the rescue of 6 victims from the motor vehicle accident in              massive disasters. It is
Bagong Ilog in Pasig.                                                                            a flexible framework
     The Emergency Response Program delivers the following services to its                       with a standardized
beneficiaries: First Aid, Basic Life Support, Medical Assistance for Events, Advanced            set of structures for
Cardiac Life Support, as well as Flood, Earthquake and Landslide Search and Rescue,              ev er yon e to work
among others.                                                                                    under. The ICS will be
                                                                          From April 2008        us ed     for     fi res,
                                                                    to June 2010, about 415      ev acuations,       a nd
                                                                    residents of Barangay        multi pl e casual ty
                                                                    Sa n Anton io, 1 33          in ci den ts , pla nn ed
                                                                    residents of nearby          ev ents, an d m ajor
                                                                    barangays and 595            na tural h aza rd s/
                                                                    people          pas si ng    disaster response. The
                                                                    through the barangay         ERT head will be the
                                                                    have benefitted from         Incident Commander
                                                                    th e progr am. T he          who will have overall
                                                                    pr og ram h as al so         res pons ibili ty over
                                                                    responded to over 291        the incident or event.
                                                                    medical emergencies,               The formulation
                                                                    182 cases of vehicular       and implementation of a strategic disaster/emergency preparedness plan at the barangay
                                                                    accidents, and over 35       level ensures sustainability and replication of the program. The Barangay San Antonio
                                                                    fire incidents around        ERP model has been replicated through the organization of emergency responder teams
                                                                    th e      Metropoli s,       in Barangay Pineda and Kapitolyo in Pasig, V. Luna Hospital, and the Intelligence
                                                                    cover in g the sa me         Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The ERT of Barangay San Antonio has
                                                                    period.                      also been deployed to assist in rescue efforts in other municipalities and regions. There
                                                                          Th e ba ra ng ay       are now plans to help organize and train ERTs in every building located within the
ERP is a “living” system that changes and improves based on lessons learned. It has              Barangay. This will ensure sustainability of the program.
mechanisms to include direct participation/consultation with organizations and                                                                  (Source: Galing Pook Awards 2010 Magazine)
 Page 4                                                                DILG NEWS DIGEST                                                                          April 2012


 Seal of...                   from page 12                                                                     First quarter...                              from page 12

                                                                                                                 by Chief Superinten dent               Ac cor di ng          to
Municipalities identified as       Il igan Cit y, also per ish ed       stoc kpilin g and equipping,             Al ex Paul M on teagudo,          Monteagudo, the reasons for
high risk to f loodi ng, w ith     during Storm Sendong in 2011.        tec hnical compe tency and               DI DM chi ef, t he PNP’s          the continuing decrease in
priority of assessment on local         Robredo said the Seal has       community awareness).                    nati onal cri me soluti on        the national crime volume
governments located in the 18      two levels of assessment: the             On the other hand, LGUs             efficiency rate for the first     could be attributed to smart
Major River Basins.                first level looks into disaster      that qualified for the second            quarter of this year is 34.38     policing strategies coupled
     “We are focusing on the       preparedness before a flood          level of assessment shall be             pe rcen t w hich sh ows an        with the intensification of
level of preparedness of LGUs      occurs; and the second focuses       eval uated based on the                  increase of 8.5 percent from      anti-criminality campaigns;
on floods since flooding is a      on disast er pre paredne ss          following criteria: Search and           25.84 percent of the same         enhancement of intelligence
co mm on in ciden ce in t he       re spo nse duri ng a disast er       Resc ue (tr ained person nel,            period last year.                 and investigative skills of
country,” he said.                 br ought about by a hi gh            response time, equipage, and                  “Th er e h ad bee n          PN P personn el ; poli ce
     Data obtain ed from the       intensity flood.                     zero casualty); Evacuation               several high-profile crimes       integrated patrol system;
Department of Environment               To be assessed in the first     Center Management (adequate              th at tr an spi re d in many      localized anti-criminality
and Natural Resources (Mines       level of assessment ar e the         temporary shelter for evacuees,          urban c e nt er s o f th e        ac tion pl an f or the loc al
and Geosciences Bureau and         following: Leadership Structure      power, food and water supply,            c ount ry, par ti cul ar ly i n   government units, including
River Basin Control Office)        (organization of the disaster        heal th     and       sanitat ion,       Metro Manila but the police       the barangays; and increase
show that 1,127 out of 1,634, or   risk reduction and management        counseling, and trained center           are always working on the         in the strength of the PNP
69 perc en t o f c it ies and      council and the disaster risk        management personnel).                   resolution of said cases. The     personnel.
municipalities are susceptible     reduction and management                  Local governments who               sad par t i s t hat th e               Despite its steps taken
to river or flashfloods.           office); Guide to Action (risk       pass the first level assessment          resolution of said incidents      in improving crime solving,
     From 2009 to 2011 alone,      assessment and mapping, and          shall be given a Certificate of          do no t       me r it sam e       Ro bre do said th e PNP
more than P55-billion worth of     institutionalized planning and       Recognition and are qualified            prominence in the media           should focus its forces on
infrastructure and properties      budgeting) ;          Disaster       for the level 2 assessment. Those        co mpar ed t o wh en t he y       cr ime prevent io n and
were damaged by Typhoons           Preparedne ss (co ntinge ncy         who passed the second level              w er e f ir st ai r ed o r        intensified police visibility
Ondoy, Pepeng and Sendong.         planning, early warning and          shall be conferred with the Seal         published,” the DILG chief        an d ope ratio ns t o det er
Around 1,200 Filipinos, mostly     evacuatio n aler t syst em,          plus a Disaster Management               said.                             commission of crimes.
in Cagayan de Oro City and         pree mptive        evacuat ion,      Fund or disaster equipage.


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requirements are complied with such as predemolition            “I have directed the NCRPO to conduct a review            at least 40 others were wounded, should have not
conference with informal setllers.                          on all policies and legal orders regarding cases of           happened if all those concerned LGUs, the PNP and
     Robredo said he ordered an in-depth review by          demoli tion. There should be a “pre-demo lition               other politicians and stakeholders have submitted
the PNP-National Capital Region Police Office  of all       meeting” among all stakeholders to prevent violence           t he msel ves t o a m ee ti n g pr io r t o th e
rel ated polici es on demo litio n by c oncer ned           such as what transpired at the Silverio compound in           demolition.”Kung nag-usap lang ng maayos ang
government agencies, including the National Police and      Paranaque City,” Robredo said.                                lahat ng concerned groups and personalities sa issue
local government units                                          “Pending the review, hinto muna yung mga                  na ito, di sana ito mangyayari. The court order
     The DILG chief said that after the review, there       demolitions…….. habang di pa malinaw yung mga                 indicated that only 61 families lang ang covered ng
should be a “pre-demolition meeting” between the            related policies and guidelines on this subject,” he          dem oliti on per o mukhang yung lahat ng 5,000
PNP, LGUs, the National Housing Authority, those            added.                                                        families sa loob ng compound ay nasabihan o na
subject of the demolition and other stakeholders prior          H e said wh at tr an spi re d at th e S il ve ri o        mis-l ead na kasama sila sa mga ide-demol ish,”
to the execution of any court order for said purpose.       compound recently, where one person was killed and            Robredo said.


                AusAID-funded project to improve roads in three more provinces
        Three provinces in Southern Philippines will            “In partnership with the DILG and provincial              the communities. There have also been improvements
   soon benefit from improved road conditions through       governments, Australia is working to improve the              on how the partner provinces do their business,
   an i nnovat ive partnership be tween the                 quality of roads across the country. Roads upgraded           including: implementing their provincial plans with
   Governments of Australia and the Philippines.            by the program are cutting transportation costs and           appropriate resources; rationalizing their human
        Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill       increasing access of poor Filipinos to basic services,        resource management and development plans;
   Tweddell, and DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo,              such as schools and health clinics,” Ambassador               exercising internal control and audit procedures;
   recently launched the Philippines Provincial Road        Tweddell said.                                                contracting out road service delivery using their own
   Management Facility in three more provinces- Aklan,          While large portion of the program’s funds will be        resources and generated higher local revenue; and
   Davao del Norte and Lanao del Norte- in a ceremony       spent on road rehabilitation and maintenance in the           even increasing community participation in road
   held at the Ascott Makati.                               provinces, the program is also supporting local               rehabilitation and maintenance.
        The five-year, Php 4.3 billion (A$100 million),     governance reforms to improve the quality and efficiency           Also present at the ceremony were the governors
   Pro vincial Road Management Facil ity he lps             of public service delivery to communities. Provinces          of the program’s 10 partner provinces: Adolph
   provincial governments upgrade and then maintain         compete for extra resources trough the program’s              Edward Plaza (Agusan Del Sur), Carlito Marquez
   their core road network in provinces in Mindanao         incentive mechanism by progressing reforms in the key         (Aklan), Edgar Chatto (Bohol), Alex Calingasan
   and the Visayas. The program started in seven            governance areas of planning and budgeting,                   (Bukidnon), Rodolfo del Rosario (Davao Del Norte),
   partner provinces: Bohol, Guimaras, Agusan Del           procurement, internal audit, human resource                   Felipe Hilan Nava (Guimaras), Mohamad Khalid 
   Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental       development and increasing locally-generated revenues.        Dimaporo (Lanao Del Norte), Herminia Ramiro
   and Misamis occidental. After showing early                  The facility has so far completed 14 road                 (Misamis Occidental), Oscar Moreno (Misamis
   results, Australia decided to extend the program to      rehabilitation projects, benefitting at least 51,000 people   Oriental), and Sol Matugas (Surigao Del Norte).   
   another three provinces.                                 and delivering material economic and social benefits to                                      AusAID Public Affairs
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Paete, Laguna
                 “24 Hour Delivery of Service: Rural Health Unit”
Background                                                                                        children, promotion of clean water use and proper waste management.
     The nearest government hospital in the municipality of Paete, the Pakil District                     Curative Care –The night shift personnel attended an average of 800 to 1,000
Hospital, is often congested and incapable of attending the emergency cases due to the            patients a month which is an average of 40 – 50 patients at night. The RHU was able to
volume of patients who come from all seven towns nearby. It is the only hospital                  decongest or lower the patients being attended to in the district and provincial hospitals
within the region and is the immediate referral hospital before heading for the Provincial        by at least 15 percent. Referrals to the said hospitals have also decreased to 25 percent
Hospital in Sta. Cruz. The provincial hospital is itself having difficulty in accommodating       per year since the program begun. As for births delivered, the Rural Health Unit has an
patients from all over the province. Under this scenario, most patients from Paete do             average of 10 deliveries a month which doubled the number of births attended by
not receive immediate first aid treatment for their ailments.                                     doctors when the project started in 1997.
     The past few years saw the rise of cerebrovascular and heart attacks as leading                      Rehabilitative Care – It resulted in increased rehabilitative assistance and
causes of death in the municipality; conditions that when given first aid, can save lives.        services to stroke patients in Paete. Presently, the rehab unit is open daily and has an
Likewise, because of the insufficient health facilities, it was observed that most mothers        average of 8-10 patients per week seeking complete therapy. The unit has already
tend to neglect pre-natal checkups and opt to deliver their babies at home increasing             extended rehabilitative care to some 100 stroke patients enabling them to function and
birth-related risks. The increasing maternal mortality rate is a serious concern. Distance        regain self esteem in the community.
from the hospital and the inaccessibility of safe birth facilities contributed to the increased
maternal mortality rate.                                                                          Key Implementation Steps
     Thus, the municipality of Paete decided to address the problem by providing                      Im plementation           Main Output               Who are Involved        Timeframe     Resources Needed
immediate medical attention for emergency cases in the municipality and by                                  st eps                                                                 required
decongesting the district and provincial hospitals through filtering patients that can             1. Passage of          Implementation of              Local Chief            1-2 weeks      Political will
already be managed by the 24-hr Rural Health Unit. Envisioning itself as a standard for            resolution             Executive Order and            Execut ive,
                                                                                                                          approval for the cr ea tion    Sangguniang Bayan
quality health care for the Paete community, the Rural Health Unit has upheld its                                         of a 24 Hour Rural Healt h
mission of ensuring that every resident of Paete will receive outstanding health services                                 Service
anytime of the day. The 24-Hr Rural Health Unit of Paete is only one in Laguna that has            2. Budget allocation   Budget app ropria ted for      Local Chief            1-2 weeks      Bud get
answered this call to efficient and encompassing service to the community.                                                needed p ersonnel              Execut ive,
                                                                                                                                                         Sangguniang Bayan,
     Because of the project’s achievements, it was recognized as one of the LGU Exemplary                                                                Municip al B udget
Practices under the DILG’s GO-FAR or Good Practices in Local Governance: Facility for                                                                    Officer
Adaptation and Replication.                                                                        3. Creation of         Additional staff and           Local Chief            1-2 weeks      Bud get
                                                                                                   Position               positions were created         Execut ive, HRMO,
                                                                                                                                                         Sangguniang Bayan
24-hr Rural Health Unit                                                                            4. Hiring of           Personnel hired                Local Chief            1-6 mont hs    Resume
     The Rural Health Unit caters to the needs of some 30,000 residents of Paete, Laguna.          additional                                            Execut ive, HRMO
It has two arms: the barangay extension where preventive and primary care is given by              personnel
the barangay midwives and health workers (BHWs), and the 24 hour services of the                   5. Scheduling of       Shifting schedule of duty      MHO, PHN               1-3 days       List of personnel,
                                                                                                   night du ty            personnel                                                            positions, duties and
main health center where two doctors attend to patients, child care including
                                                                                                                                                                                               specified ta sks
immunizations and nutritional programs, basic laboratory tests, physical rehabilitation,           6. Establishing        Referral sheet and return      MHO, chief of          1 to 4 weeks   Referral sheet.
monitoring and management of degenerative diseases such as hypertension and diabetes,              referral system with   sheets are produced.           clinics for district                  Communication,
family planning and marriage counseling, early cancer detection program, preventive                nearby district and    Communica tion between         and provincial                        service/ambulance
                                                                                                   provincial hospital    RHU and hospitals              hospit als
care and first aid management to emergency cases and lastly, catering to technical and                                    established
administrative concerns such as issuance of certificates and compilation of significant            7. Monitoring and      Updat ed patients recor ds     MHO, PHN,                             Record sheets, filing
patient data and sanitary requirements.                                                            maintaining of         for im mediate retrieval for   Municip al nu rse                     cabinet s, envelops,
     The program gathered its baseline data collected from the number of admissions,               patients record        analysis                                                             computer
                                                                                                   8. Annual reports      Increased number of            MHO, PHN, MO5          1-4 weeks      Records
referrals and consultations of Paete residents in the district and provincial hospitals.
                                                                                                                          people served every year,
The annual morbidity and mortality reports of the Municipal Health Office and the                                         decr eased mor bidity and
Office of the Civil Registrar were the bases for determining which diseases are most                                      mortality, decreased
prevalent in the community which warranted immediate attention. The data gathered                                         number of consultations
                                                                                                                          to d istrict and provincial
also provided the records for manner of births and who attended them.                                                     hospital
     The program started with only one doctor but another doctor was hired the
following year to attend to the growing needs of the RHU. Allied health workers such              Analysis and Lessons Learned
as nursing aides, utility workers, a laboratory med technician, and a microscopist were               The 24-hour Rural Health Unit of Paete has been true to its mission of ensuring that
also eventually added in time to cater the patients.                                              every constituent of Paete will receive the utmost quality health care services. The
     By 2001, the addition of physical therapy center further extended the RHU’s services         program has met it objectives by providing immediate and much-needed medical
to include rehabilitation of stroke patients and promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle program         services to the people.
as a preventive measure for debilitating diseases prevalent in the community.                             The lying-in program and facilities provided mothers with safe venue for
                                                                                                  giving birth.
Project Results                                                                                           Emergency care can be rendered round the clock.
     The project proved to be successful with the following results:                                      Medico legal cases are addressed immediately.
     1. The Rural Health Unit of Paete reconstructed into a two-storey building is the                    Medical consultations and attention have been readily available.
only one of its kind in the Province of Laguna that caters to the needs of its constituents               Advocacy on healthy living for preventive care is not neglected.
round-the-clock. It employs the following:                                                                Post-rehabilitation of stroke patients were also available.
        Two (2) doctors, One (1) Dentist, One (1) Head Nurse
        One (1) Sanitary Inspector, One (1) Asst. Sanitary Inspector                             Lessons Learned and Replicability
        One (1) Medical Technologist, One (1) Physical Therapist                                      The creation of the 24-hr RHU of Paete, Laguna has materialized the municipality’s
        One (1) Family Welfare Clinic Midwife, Four (4) Municipal Nurses,                        commitment to provide unwavering quality health care services for its constituents, to
        Four (4) Rural Health Midwives, Three (3) Nursing Attendants                             improve the quality of life especially the poor.
        Two (2) Drivers, Three (3) Utility Workers                                                    Political will, cooperation and proper coordination can and in fact, does cause a
     2. The program resulted in better services classified into three (3) categories              difference in planning the program. The inputs from the mayor and the Sangguniang
namely, preventive, curative, and rehabilitative care.                                            Bayan are most necessary.
        Preventive Care – The project which involved the barangays helped in                          It is crucial that the whole program be accepted by the community, must have
empowering the people as it entails the promotion of lifestyle modifications to prevent           sufficient budget for its operation and must engage skilled and capable managers and
all kinds of sickness, administration of immunizations and vaccinations for children              personnel. Therefore, replication of this program will require a wholistic approach
and adults, pre-natal checkups, provision of pap smear and family planning counseling.            which includes the capacity of the municipality and the management of all resources
The RHU also initiated nutrition programs that identify and manage malnourished                   available.                                                              (Source: BLGD)
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TAPATAN on Disaster Preparedness                                   April 26, 2012 - Iloilo City
                                                                                    Photos by Lito Espelimbergo




Secretary Jesse M. Robredo as he delivers his “Call to Action” message to the participants of the      The DILG Secretary with the local government officials of Western Visayas who participated and
Tapatan on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation activity of DILG in Iloilo City.        signified their commitment for disaster preparedness.




Sec. Jesse as he presents a cheque to Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. of the Province of Iloilo for   Regional Information Officers and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Focal Persons from
the procurement of search and rescue equipment and death benefit claims to the beneficiaries of        the various DILG regional offices during a light moment with the DILG chief after their action
deceased barangay officials. With the Secretary are (L-R) Governor Victor A. Tanco,Sr. of Capiz,       planning conference workshop which was one of the major activities of the Tapatan Roadshow in
DILG Region VI Director Evelyn A. Trompeta and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City.               Iloilo City.



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 Page 7                                                                LEGAL OPINIONS                                                                        April 2012

                                                                                        LGOO cannot implement SP resolution
                                                                                              without SILG imprimatur
                                                                                        Facts:
                                                                                            Four barangay councilors filed an administrative complaint against their
                                                                                        punong barangay before the sangguniang bayan (SB) for abuse of authority.

                                                                                            The SB rendered a decision against the punong barangay for abuse of authority
                                                                                        and meted him with the penalty of reprimand. But, the four barangay councilors
                                                                                        made a partial appeal about this decision and elevated it to the Sangguniang
                                                                                        Panlalawigan (SP).

                                                                                             The SP, through a resolution, amended the findings of the SB from abuse of
                                                                                        authority to grave abuse of authority and increased the penalty imposed from reprimand
                                                                                        to suspension of six months and one day without pay.
Punong barangay has no authority                                                            Then, the SB issued a resolution designating the Local Government Operations
    to create admin positions                                                           Officer (LGOO) assigned in their area to implement the decision of the SP with the
                                                                                        assistance of the local police.
Facts:
    A punong barangay created four administrative positions: Administrative                 On the same instance, the municipal vice mayor sought the interpretation of
Assistant for Public Information, Administrative Assistant for Social Welfare and       the DILG regional office about the propriety of the penalty imposed.
Development, Administrative Clerk for Planning and Development, and
Administrative Clerk for General Services. These positions are coterminous with             The DILG regional office declined to comment on the queries posed by the vice
the punong barangay.                                                                    mayor considering that said matters enjoy the presumption of validity and questions
                                                                                        pertaining to said matters are cognizable by regular courts.
Issue:
    Can a punong barangay create administrative positions?                                  Nevertheless, the regional office informed the vice mayor that the SB resolution
                                                                                        designating the LGOO to implement the questioned SP resolution cannot be
Held:                                                                                   implemented/carried out by the latter without the imprimatur of the DILG Secretary.
     No. Under Section 387 (b) of the Local Government Code of 1991, the creation
of offices in the barangay is a power granted by law exclusively on the legislative     Issues:
branch of the LGU, in this case, the sangguniang barangay.                                   1. Can the LGOO implement the SP resolution without the imprimatur of the
     Also, the LGC and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) are devoid          DILG Secretary?
of any provision giving the punong barangay the authority to create any office or            2. Pending the finality of the SP decision, can the punong barangay receive
position in the barangay. At most, the punong barangay may recommend or                 his salary?
request the sangguniang barangay to enact an ordinance creating one or several               3. Does he have the authority to act on the financial transactions of the
offices which he deems essential or necessary for the efficient operation of the        barangay?
barangay, but the sangguniang barangay still has the sole prerogative of deciding
whether or not to create the said office/s.                                             Held:
     In a previous legal opinion of the Department, it stated that the creation of           As to the first issue, the LGOO cannot implement the decision of the SP without
positions has to be done by way of an ordinance providing therein the qualification     the imprimatur of the SILG. Under DILG Circular No. 2010-09, the SILG delegated
standards and compensation for the newly-created posts.                                 the power to implement administrative decisions involving local officials and
     Hence, the creation of the four administrative positions in the case at bar        personnel with the exception of governors and mayors of highly urbanized cities
suffers from legal infirmity having been issued without any legal basis.                to the Undersecretary for Local Governments (USLG).
                                             (DILG legal Opinion No. 30, S. 2012)
                                                                                             In which case, requests for implementation of SP Resolution on disciplinary
 On the corporate existence of a barangay                                               actions involving local officials may be coursed by the SB to the Secretary through
                                                                                        the USLG, or the LGOO may seek the approval of the SILG through the USLG prior
Issue:                                                                                  to carrying out the order of the SB.
    When does the corporate existence of a barangay begin?
                                                                                            However, it should be noted that the implementation of the SB decision in
Held:                                                                                   administrative cases may also be implemented by the Office of the Mayor pursuant
     Section 14 of the Local Government Code of 1991 provides the general rule          to his power of supervision over the barangays under Section 32 of the Local
that the corporate existence of a local government unit, including barangays, shall     government Code of 1991, upon a resolution passed by the SB ordering or requesting
commence upon the election and qualification of its chief executive and a majority      said Office to implement the same.
of the members of its sanggunian. However, this provision also contains an
exception to the rule, “unless some other time is fixed therefore by the law or              With regard to the second question, the SP decision in administrative appeals
ordinance creating it.”                                                                 is not final and executory unlike the decisions rendered by the Office of the President
     Thus, if the law or ordinance creating a new local government unit is silent as    based on Section 67 of the LGC. This means that until the lapse of the period for
to the time or period when its corporate existence shall begin, then the general rule   filing a motion for reconsideration before the SP, or the filing of an appropriate
stated in Section 14 of the LGC shall govern.                                           action before the regular courts and without any action being taken thereon, said
     On the other hand, if the law or ordinance creating a new LGU provides some        decision cannot be implemented by the SB. As such, pending the finality of the SP
other time (other than that is provided under Section 14 of the Code), then the         decision, the punong barangay is still entitled to receive his salary as well as to
corporate existence of the LGU commences at such time.                                  perform the functions of his office, which include the authority to act on the financial
                                              (DILG Legal Opinion No. 29, S. 2012)      transactions of the barangay.                   (DILG Legal Opinion No. 33, S. 2012)
 Page 8                                                        THE REGIONS AT A GLANCE                                                                          April 2012

                        Care for School Chairs Run ‘generates funds’
CITY OF TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE. In order                    making a difference in education, especially in far-          participated runs, this time generating support from
to generate more funds for its Care for School Chairs       flung schools,” he said.                                      sectors such as Government, Education, NGO/Civic
program, the city government of Tagum recently held              Based on the data released by the office of Vice         Group, Private/Business, Religious and the Youth.
the Care for School Chairs Run participated in by           Mayor Allan L. Rellon whose office served as the run’s        Perhaps the most unique participants in this run were
around 5,000 registrants from the city and nearby local     lead organizer, pledges from private companies and            the different breeds of dogs with their respective owners
governments.                                                individuals also poured in.                                   who organized themselves as the Dog Owners of Tagum
     The Care for School Chairs Program is a brilliant           San Miguel Brewery, Inc. donated 40 gallons of           Association (DOTA).
initiative of Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy which provides        paints and 10,000 pesos cash, while Apex Mining                    All of the participants ran under 2-kilometer and
free school furniture made out of confiscated logs to       donated 3,000 pesos in cash. Among those who pledged          5-kilometer distances, respectively. Raffle items were
public schools                                              support to the program through donating paints are as         also given away after the run.
     More than P255,600 had been generated from the         follows: Veneer Plywood Factory (10 gallons), Sto. Niño            Launched in August 2011, the Care for School
early m orn ing r un whi ch came fr om the P50              School of Science and Technology (4 gallons), St. Joseph      Chairs Program prides itself as an LGU-powered and
registration fee of each participant.                       Learning Institute (1 gallon), Davao Metro Shuttle (6         volunteer-driven initiative which are two key factors
     In his speech prior to the start of the program, Uy    gallons), Hijo Resources, Inc. (10 boxes of paints), Multi-   in the delivery of 32,040 pieces of school furniture such
expressed his gratitude to all the people who showed        Color Paint Center (1 gallon), Bureau of Internal             as armchairs, desks, kiddie chairs and tables as of
concern to the school children through participating        Revenue (6 gallons), Tagum Petron Mega Station (6             March 23, 2012 to different schools not only in Tagum
in the said run.                                            boxes of paints) and Mr. Danilo Carpio (2 gallons).           but the whole Davao Region in general.    
     “Fifty pesos per person will go a long way in               The said event holds the record as one of the highly-                              City Information Office- Tagum


                                    Region 3’s showcase barangay holds Assembly Day
SAN MIGUEL, LUBAO, PAMPANGA.                 fro m the previo usly conduc ted                  On the other hand, Congressman            Pampan ga, whi le M ayo r Mylyn P.
The showcase barangay in Region 3,           assemblies since barangay officials have      Agapito Guanlao o f Butil partylist           Cayabyab sai d t hat t he to wn
held its Barangay Assembly on March          now adopted the Barangay Governance           vowed to assist farmers, most especially      government will assist the barangay in
31, 2012, atten ded by baran gay             Per forman ce Man ageme nt System             in t hei r i rr igati on ne eds an d to       the best way it can.
residents, local and regional officials      (BGPMS) through State of Barangay             transform Barangay San Miguel into a                Prior to the assembly, activities
and funct ionari es, as well as              Governance Report (SBGR).                     mo de rn agric ul tur al barangay in          such as inspection of San Miguel Creek,
represent atives       from      natio nal                                                                                               Inspection of the Material Recovery
government agencies and other key                                                                                                        Faci lit y ( MRF), M edi cal M issio n/
sectors.                                                                                                                                 ”Operation Tuli” and Free Massage
     Punong Barangay Angelito Bansil                                                                                                     Therapy were undertaken.
comprehensively rendered his State of                                                                                                          After visiting the barangay’s MRF,
Barangay Governance Report (Ulat sa                                                                                                      Gov. Lilia Pineda instructed PB Bansil
Barangay) and proudly reported that his                                                                                                  to negotiate the purchase of the lot
barangay gained an overall adjectival                                                                                                    adjacen t t o the M RF for t he
rating of “excellent” in the DILG’s                                                                                                      establishment of the green house and
Barangay Governance Performance                                                                                                          more spacious barangay nursery to be
Management System (LGPMS).                                                                                                               funded by the provincial government.
     He further reported the current                                                                                                           Me anw hi le, DI LG- 3 Region al
issues and problems of the barangay                                                                                                      Director Florida Dijan lauded the local
such as t he abse nce of subsidy of                                                                                                      officials whom she described as role
cert ified seeds ( palay and co rn);                                                                                                     models in governance, saying that “the
insufficient post-harvest facilities like                                                                                                sh in ing ac co mpl ishme nt s o f l oc al
hand tractors, threshers, water pumps;                                                                                                   of fi cials in Pampan ga ar e l uc id
the need for a “Botika sa Barangay;” lack                                                                                                manif estatio ns of transparen t and
of liveli hood program s for the                                                                                                         efficient service to the community.”
unemployed men and women, among                                                                                                                Th e act ivi ty en de d w ith t he
others.                                      San Miguel, Lubao, Pampanga Punong Barangay Angelito Bansil hands over copies of State of   symbolic turn-over of the copies of
     DILG Provincial Director Angelina       Barangay Governance Report (Ulat sa Barangay) to DILG-3 Regional Director Florida Dijan,    SBGR to RD Dijan, Governor Pineda,
S. Blanco, on the other hand, emphasized     Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Lubao Mayor Mylyn P. Cayabyab during the barangay’s      Co ngr essman Guan lao an d Mayor
that this year’s activity is far different   Assembly Day.                                                                               Cayabyab.


          DILG-Caraga welcomes IEG as partner in environmental CapDev efforts
     The DILG regional office in Caraga is welcoming        environmental concerns in the region.                             IEG’s goal  is to effect sustainable development
the Institute of Environmental Governance (IEG),                  ”The establishment of IEG will supplement our           and capacitate local government officials in the
which was recently launched at the Father Saturnino         capacity development (CapDev) programs in areas               execution of environmental laws in response to the
Urios University (FSUU) in cooperation with  Tanggol        where we don’t have mastery like the adjudication of          ever-increasing demand for capacity building of Local
Kalikasan, a Public Interest Environmental Law Office,      environmental laws and its remedies, such as the Writ         Government Units.  
as its new partner in capacitating local government         of Kalikasan and the Strategic Lawsuit Against Public             The Institute will cater three levels: Level One (I)
of fic ials to car ry out e nvi ro nme ntal l aw s and      Participation (SLAPP),” said Famacion.                        shall be designed to serve the needs of Barangay
directives.                                                      The DILG also shared the region’s current status         Officials; Level Two (II) will cater to the needs of
     In her message during IEG’s launch recently,           o n th e i mple me n tati on o f e nvir o nm en tal           Municipal, City and Provincial Officials; and   Level
Famacion said that the DILG as an enabler for service-      interventions together with partners, donors and              Three (III) will cater to Judges, Prosecutors and
providers like FSUU believes the partnership and            o th er stakeh ol de r s, and pr om ised to h ighl y          Selected National Government Agencies. At present,
teamwork of stakeholders, including Civil Society           recommend to the Local Government Academy                     Father Saturnino Urios University will host IEG Level
Organizations (CSOs) like Tanggol Kalikasan, will           (LGA) that future CapDev activities will be tied up           One (I) for the Barangay Officials in Butuan City and
set the paradigm of a holistic approach in addressing       with IEG.                                                     nearby provinces.             Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa
 Page 9                                                         THE REGIONS AT A GLANCE                                                                               April 2012

                            DILG-8 holds  47th Batch Induction Training for LGOOs II
PALO, LEYTE. Twenty-two (22) Local Government                Management Team and designated the corresponding              trainees will be assigned in a Municipality or City 
Operations Officers (LGOO s) II are currently                facilitators, secretariat and documentors for the             and shall implement their Action Plans which they
undergoing the Induction Training (47th Batch) of the        different modules.                                            prepared at the end of the Center Training.
Department of the Interior and Local Government                   The training is composed of several Components:               Component 3 (Competency Assessment) is where
(DILG) Regional Office-8  at the St. John the Evangelist          Component 1 was conducted last March 26-30,              trainees who have successfully completed the
School of Theology here.                                     2012 and covered  a General Orientation of the history        requirements of the previous Components are validated
     DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro Noval Jr. said the       and evolution, mandate, vision and mission, outcome           for certification through a paper and pencil test and
Induction Training for LGOOs  is an integral program         framework and key programs.                                   simulated exercises and interviews to be conducted by
of the Department to further strengthen its internal              Component 2 is divided into two Phases. The first        a team with extensive knowledge in local governance.
and organizational competencies critical in helping          Phase or Center Training which started last April 10,              Those who pass Component 3  as certified by the
its clients address its service delivery functions.          2012 is a two-month live-in training consisting of            assessment team shall be issued a Certificate of
     Noval said the training aims to fully capacitate        seven modules, ranging from 1) Effective Interpersonal        Completion (Component 4) by the LGA which shall
its new LGOOs II who took office last October 2011, or         Relations and Team Development; 2) DILG and its             make them eligible for promotion to a higher LGOO
untrained ones who also passed the Department’s              Role in Local Governance; 3) Dynamics of Local                position.
LGOO II psychometric examination, to enable them to          Governance; 4) Assessment of LGU Operations and                    Director Noval is confident that at the end of the
provide all sorts of technical assistance to LGUs in         Performance; 5) Project Preparation, Networking and           training, the participants would be fully equipped to
support of the Department’s mandate.                         Social Marketing; 6) Managing Learning Events; and            respond positively to all situations in LGUs where they
     To respond to training requirements set by the          7) Program Monitoring and Evaluation.                         will be assigned.  The Department has field officers at
Local Government Academy (LGA), the DILG                          The second phase or Field Immersion (Supervised          all municipalities to help LGUs deliver the services
Regional M ana gem ent   form ed a Tra ining                 Field Practice) is the application phase where the            expected of them.


          DILG XIII outstanding lupong
          tagapamayapa winners feted
     It is best to settle things      Telaje of Tandag City, Surigao     Lupong Tagapamayapa was
amicably.                             de l Sur; 1 st t o 3 r d Cl ass    con ducted by t he Lupong
     Th is is th e gui di ng          Municipal category - Barangay      Tagapamayapa I ncenti ves
pr in ciple      of        lupo ng    Poblacion of Barobo, Surigao       Awar ds (LTI A) Regi onal
tagapamayapa members at the           del Sur; and 4 th to 6 th Cl ass   Awards Committee (RAC) of
barangay level who do their           Municipal category - . Quezon      DILG Region XIII - Caraga.
best to iron things out between       of Mainit, Surigao del Norte.           The Lupons were assessed
feuding parties for the speedy              On the other han d, the      through their performance and
administration of justice and to      following barangays emerged        acco mplishm ents by the
preserve peace and order at the       as first and second runners-up:    committee organized at the
barangay level.                       (component city) Brgy. Mabini      regional, provi ncial and
     Just      rec en tly,     t he   of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del     municipal levels on the basis of
Department of the Interior and        Norte and Brgy. Canlanipa of       the following criteria, to wit:  a.)
Local Government Region XIII          Surigao City, Surigao del Norte;   efficiency of operations; b.)
feted the outstanding lupong          (1 st to 3 r d c lass mun icipal   effectiveness in securing the
tagapamayapa in the regional          category) Brgy. Ata-atahon of      Kat arungang Pambaran gay              TOWIL AWARDEE DILG Region VI Regional Director Evelyn
                                                                                                                Trompeta receives the TOWIL (The Most Outstanding Women of Iloilo
cate gor y for t he pe ri od          Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and      objectives; and c.) creativity and
                                                                                                                City) award in the field of Government Service at the SM City Activity
covering 1st to 4th Quarters of       Brgy. Zamora of Talacogon,         resourcefulness of mediators.          Center from Iloilo City Congressman Jerry P. Treñas and AKBAYAN
C.Y. 2011.                            Agusan del Sur; and (4th to 6th         The Regional winners will         Representative Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel. Joining them on stage are Iloilo
     Th e f oll owi ng ar e t he      class municipal category) Brgy.    be endorsed to the National            City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III and Councilor
winners in their respective           Poblacion of Carmen, Agusan        Awards Committee (NAC) as              Plaridel Nava. TOWIL is a search being sponsored by the Office of the City
categories: highly urbanized          del Norte.                         regi onal n ominee s for the           Mayor, Gender and Development Team, Sangguniang Panglungsod
city - Brgy. San Vicente, Butuan            The regional assessment      National Search for LTIA C.Y.          Committee on Women and Family Relations and by the HALIGI
                                                                                                                Foundation.
City; component city - Brgy.          for the Search for Outstanding     2012.  Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa


                          Training on GAD responsive planning and budgeting held
DAVAO CITY. As part of the Department’s efforts              of Magna Carta for Women (MCW) and the roles of                   “Removing inequalities gives societies a better
towards gender and development (GAD)-responsive              DILG on the implementation of MCW, gender related             chance to develop. When women and men have
local governance, DILG XI recently conducted a two-          laws, directives and issuances.                               relative equality, economies grow faster, children’s
day enhancement skills training on GAD responsive                 At the same time, the training also intends to ensure    health improves and there is less corruption. Gender
planning, budgeting and harmonized GAD guidelines.           the 5% GAD Allocation for 2013 indicative PPAs for            equality is an important human right,” he added.
    The event was held at Bahay Alumni, Brokenshire,         inclusion in the Region XI GAD Plan and Budget CY                 At the end of the activity, the participants were
Madapo Hills here and was participated in by 32 GAD          2013.                                                         able to craft and submit the 2013 GAD Plan and Budget
from the regional and provincial/city levels as well as           In his message to the participants, Jose underscored     using the 5% GAD budget allocation and LGU Re-
planning and budgeting officers.                             that gender equality is central to economic and human         entry Plan to the resource person, Ms. Lilibeth D.
    Regional Director Francisco Jose said the activity       development in any country.                                   Masangkay of DILG Planning Division of the Central
aims to ensure proper implementation of GAD                       “This is the goal of Millennium Development Goal         Office.
programs and to enhance the competencies of GAD              3, and is also central to the achievement of all the other        The closing program was also attended by ARD
focal persons on basic gender concepts, salient features     MDGs,” he said.                                               Wilhelm Suyko and all division chiefs.
 Page 10                                                 THE INTERIOR SECTOR AT A GLANCE                                                                              April 2012

                                           Carnapping incidents dip by 49% in March
        The campaign against carnap syndicates is              such as the conduct of checkpoints on all roads leading        claim purposes, casino-pawned and other pawned
   gaining ground as latest reports from the the               to seaports, enhanced collaboration with district anti-        vehicles, refusal to pay monthly amortization
   Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol             ca rna pp ing units of M etro M anila , a nd                   especially concerning motorcycles and such other
   Group  show a significant 49.5% percent decrease            operationalization of the HPG SMS Info Text which is           related circumstances.
   in carnapping incidents in March this year.                 now undergoing field testing.                                      The same report also showed that motorcycle
        DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo,  citing the report            Robredo also cit ed the m ajor operat ional               theft dipped by 33.3% or from 51 in March 2011 to
   submitted by PNP-HPG Director, P/Chief Supt.                accomplishments of the PNP-HPG for the month of                only 34 in March this year, while stolen four-
   Leonardo Espina, said only 53 carnapping                    March alone which include the arrest of Francis                wheeled motor vehicles also plunged by 64.81%
   incidents transpired in March this year, compared           Humiding, whose criminal activities include highway            or 19 incidents this March as compared to the 54
   to 105 incidents for the same period last year or a         robbery and carnapping at a checkpoint along                   cases in March 2011.
   decrease of 49.5%.                                          provincial road, Ramon, Isabela, and the arrest of                 On the other hand, 92 percent or 49 carnapped
        “I acknowledge the untiring efforts of the             Alberta Lising who is involved in carnapping in                vehicles were stolen while parked while the others
   Highway Patrol Group that led to the continuous             Rodriguez, Rizal while in the possession of stolen             were forcibly taken or seized at gunpoint with
   decline in the number of carnapping incidents in            motorcycles and picklocks.                                     intimidation.
   the country,” he said, as he urged them to maintain              He  pointed out that the reported carnapping                  As to the region with the most number of
   their resolve not only to unmask and arrest carnap          incidents do not include those that were reported in           carnapping cases, National Capital Region had
   syndicates but also to recover the stolen vehicles.         the different police stations nationwide as carnapping         the lion’s share with 87 percent, while the city of
        The DILG Secretary attributed the decrease to          cases but, when further validated, turned out to be            Manila topped the list of carnapping prone areas
   the implementation of anti-carnapping initiatives           cases of estafa, hoax or feigned reports for insurance         in Metro Manila, followed by Quezon City.


                                       BFP-Batangas collects P2.6-M in fire code fees
                                                                                                                       The B ureau of Fire             clearance fee for  P802,011.00 for
                                                                                                                  Protection (BFP) of Batangas         a total of P2,604,690.11. 
                                                                                                                  City has collected the highest       Filipinas Shell is located
                                                                                                                  amount paid by a company  on         at Batangas City.
                                                                                                                  a single receipt as payment for           Cuartel, who is the first
                                                                                                                  fire code fees for the year 2011     woman with the rank of Chief
                                                                                                                  in the whole region.                 Supt. in the fire bureau,  said the
                                                                                                                        In a report to BFP Officer-    comp any is also fully
                                                                                                                  in-Charge C/Supt. Samuel             supporting the BFP project
                                                                                                                  Perez, Region IV-A Director C/        Kiddie Fire Marshal which was
                                                                                                                  Sup t. Nim fa Cua rtel said          introduced by Batangas City
                                                                                                                  F i l i p i n a s   S h e l l        Fire Marshal C/Insp. Rommel
                                                                                                                  Petroleum Corporation remitted       Trodia to intensify fire safety
                                                                                                                  P2,604,690.11 to the BFP  as         awareness among the children
                                                                                                                  payment for its fire code fees for   of the workers of the company.
                                                                                                                  the past year.                            In her report,  Cuartel also
                                                                                                                       “This is the highest amount     mentioned the inauguration of
                                                                                                                  paid in the fire code fees for the   a new b uilding nam ed
                                                                                                                  whole region,” said Cuartel in       Ba ndilla b uilding which
                                                                                                                  her report.                          stands beside the Linsangan
                                                                                                                       The lady fire regional          Bu ild ing inside Ca mp
                                                                                                                  director said the company’s          Castaneda recently.
                                                                                                                  payment includes P1,798,879.11            The P 4.5 -million fou r-
                                                                                                                  for  Fire Code Realty Tax (FCRT)     story building will house the
                                                                                                                  under code 628; Fire Safety          finance and administrative
BFP Region IV-A Director C/Supt. Nimfa Cuartel supervises and inspects the delivered fire fighting equipment at   Inspection Fee (FSIF) in the         services of BFP Region IV-A.
their new building in Camp Vicente Lim, Laguna.                                                                   amount of P3,800.00; storage                            Julian Meneses


                                       PNP crisis responders getting better
    The capability of crisis responders of the Philippine National Police has                  assisted capacity-building programs as well as the PNP-initiated capability
significantly improved over the years.                                                         enhancement program of acquiring better and more police equipment required
    This assessment was made by PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome                  by crisis responders.
who personally witnessed the execution of crisis response exercises by PNP                         The Crisis Action Force (CAF) Evaluation Exercise is designed purposely to
tactical units that participated in the 2nd Evaluation Exercise of the Crisis Action           test the capability of PNP crisis responders in handling police emergency
Force held from April 11 to 13 in Batangas City.                                               situations, such as terrorist-related incidents, hostage-taking, natural disaster
    Police crisis responders who joined the exercises were the Special Action                  and other man-made emergencies.
Force, (SAF), Maritime Group (MARIG), and Aviation Security Group,                                 It involves simulated exercises of hypothetical police emergency situations
(AvSeGroup).                                                                                   in sea, air and land environments.
    Bartolome said the skills and proficiency of crisis responders are evidently                   The 1st CAF Evaluation Exercise was held August 2011 and the PNP plans
better now as compared to previous years with the help of local and foreign-                   to make this activity an annual event.                               (PNP-PIO)
 Page 11                                                        THE INTERIOR SECTOR AT A GLANCE                                                                         April 2012

            No more jueteng in Cam Sur                                                                                         Court denies TRO
     Camarines Sur can now be           Lipana, Camarines Sur PNP                 officers will be relieved if they
considered a no-jueteng zone as
operations of the illegal numbers
                                        Director, the DILG chief said
                                        jueteng operations stopped
                                                                                  would be remiss in their duty to
                                                                                  curb illegal gambling activities
                                                                                                                          on procurement of firetrucks
game in the province has totally        when the local franchise holders          in their areas of responsibility.
stopped.                                of small town lottery has                      Robredo, who is also the               T he p etit ion for a        d id not ripen int o t he
     The success of the effort to       stopped its operations in the             chairman of the National Police        temporary restraining order       issuance of a Notice of Award
stop jueteng in Camarines Sur           entire province.                          Commission (Napolcom) said             (TRO) by Kolonwell Trading        b y t he B u reau .  As such,
can be attributed to the relentless          The DILG chief said Lipana            operatives of the DILG-OIS            on t he hold ing of a new         whatever right the petitioners
initiatives of operatives of the        has directed all chiefs of police         arrested 51 persons employed           bidding for the procurement       m a y ha v e a s a low est /
DILG Internal Security Office as        and their men in the province to          by the Evenchance Gaming               of firetrucks was denied by a     winning bidder cannot be
well as to the officers and men of      closely monitor any indication            Corporation, an STL franchise          Quezon City court recently for    consid ered a s clea r a nd
the Camarines Sur PNP office,           of jueteng operations in                  operator in Camarines Sur and          lack of merit.                    unmistakeable to warrant the
according to DILG Secretary             Camarines Sur and immediately             Sorsogon, during the March 23               This is according to the     issuance of a TRO,” the court
Jesse Robredo.                          conduct raids if they still exist in      simultaneous raids, in the             ord er tha t was penned by        order partly reads.
     “The success of the anti-          any part of the province.                 towns of Calabanga, Pili and           Judge Bernelito Fernandez of           “In view of the foregoing,
jueteng campaign in Camarines                Last March 28, Robredo               Bato.                                  t he Q C Cou rt B ra nch 9 7      this Court rules to deny the
Sur clearly indicates that it can       ordered the relief of chiefs of                As a result of the raids, the     which states that the petition    prayer for the issuance of a
be done if local police officers        police in three towns in                  DIL G chief said he would              of Ju a nit o T ionloc of         TRO for lack of merit.”
and men will it. It should be a         Camarines Sur for their failure           recommend to the Philippine            Kolonwell trading and Hubei            DILG Secret ary Jesse
good example to all other               to stop the proliferation of illegal      Charity Sweepstakes Office             Jiangna Special Automobile        Robredo said he welcomes
provinces where jueteng and             numbers game jueteng in their             (PCSO) the ca ncellation of            Co. Ltd. seeking for a TRO on     this ruling by the QC Court
other forms illegal gambling            respective areas of jurisdiction.         Evenchance              Ga ming        the conduct of a new bidding      B ra nch 97 and ex p ressed
operations exist,”  Robredo said.            The relief orders were               Corporation’s franchise to             for firetrucks was not granted    hope that there would be no
     Citing reports from Senior         carried out based on the PNP’s            operate STL in the Bicol Region        for the failure on the part of    fu rt her d elay in t he
Superintendent Procopio                 standing “one strike policy” that         for operating jueteng.                 the petit ioner to show “  a      procurement of firetrucks. 
                                                                                                                         clea r and unm ist a k ab le           “There has already been
                                                                                                                         right” to warrant the issuance    much delay in the bidding and
                                                                                                                         of a TRO.                         acquisition of firetrucks for
                                                                                                                              T o b e ent it led t o a n   the BFP and we hope that we
                                                                                                                         injunctive writ, a previous       can already go on with the
                                                                                                                         case ru ling in the ca se of      process because we want to
                                                                                                                         Wilson Ong Ching Kia n            m a ke sure t ha t t here a re
                                                                                                                         Chua n v s. Hon. Cou rt of        enough firetrucks that will
                                                                                                                         App eals and Lorenzo Tan          help our BFP in responding to
                                                                                                                         (G.R. No. 130360, August 15,      fire incid ents all ov er t he
                                                                                                                         2001) states that petitioners     country,” he said.
                                                                                                                         must show the existence of a           E a rlier,   t he    BFP
                                                                                                                         clear and unmistakable right      transferred the bidding  on
                                                                                                                         and an urgent and paramount       the purchase of fire trucks to
                                                                                                                         necessity for t he w rit t o      the Procurement Service of the
                                                                                                                         prevent serious damages.          DBM after a failure of bidding
                                                                                                                              “ Alt houg h it w ou ld      on the grounds that the lowest
                                                                                                                         a pp ea r t ha t t he Bid s and   bidder, Kolonwell Trading,
                                                                                                                         Awa rds Committee of the          d id not com p ly w it h t he
                                                                                                                         B urea u of F ire P rotect ion    requirem ent on Elect ronic
 Officers of the Manila City Jail during their regular personnel information and education briefing in preparation for   (BAC-BFP) recommended the         Filing and Processing System
 the summer season.                                                                                                      award of the contract to the      (eFP S) of t he B u rea u of
                                                                                                                         herein petitioners, the same      Internal Revenue (BIR). 


              Muntinlupa fire bureau to conduct water rescue seminar
       The Muntinlupa Central Fire Station of the                   personnel as well as barangay volunteers so that                    The training will start anytime this month
   Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will conduct                     they will be better prepared when calamities strike             near the lake along Alabang area. 
   water rescue training for its personnel and                      in these low-lying areas,” Aguto said.                              The BFP ’s mission is to sa ve lives a nd
   barangay volu nteers in preparation for the                           Muntinlupa City is one of the hardest hit when             properties and its personnel are always the first
   coming rainy season in support of the Disaster                   tropical storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” struck the                 responders in major calamities and disasters such
   Preparedness Program of the Department of the                    country last year.                                              as t he Guihu lng an earthqua ke a nd Dav ao
   Interior and Local Government (DILG).                                 The Muntinlupa City Fire Chief said his office             flashflood. 
       In a rep ort DIL G  Secret ary Jesse M .                     will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard                     BFP Muntinlupa has amphibian and rubber
   Robredo, Muntinlupa City Fire Marshal C/Insp.                    (PCG) and other concerned agencies to request them              boats that can be used in case of floods and other
   Rodrick Ag ut o said this t ra ining w ill b e                   to share their knowledge, skills and expertise in the           emergencies. 
   conducted in the  eight flood-prone barangays of                 conduct of the water rescue training program.                       Earlier, Robredo called on the support of local
   the city, except Ayala Alabang, which are located                     “Although fire personnel had already been                  government units and all agencies under its
   near the Laguna Lake.                                            trained on water rescue in the past, we have to                 jurisdiction to aim for zero casualties in times of
       “We have to undertake efforts to train our                   constantly update our skills,” he said.                         disasters.                               J. Meneses
            First quarter national crime
              volume down by 16.77%
      There are lesser crime       and crimes against property                ”The comparative crime
  incidents for the first three    su ch as robbery, t heft,             trend b etw een the first
  mont hs of the y ea r,           carjacking and cattle rustling)       quarters of 2011 and 2012
  according to DILG Secretary      from January to March this year       indicat es tha t there is a                   VOL. 7 NO. 1                           January 2012
  Jesse Robredo.                   also dipped by 19.86 percent or       significant d rop in t he
      Citing reports submitted     nu mbered around 3 4,0 00             commission of crimes on the
  to him by the P NP               compared to 42,479 incidents          first three months of this year.
  Directorate for Investigation    recorded for the same period          That is a total crime volume                   VOL. 7 NO. 4                            April 2012
  and Detective Management,        past year.                            of 66,899 in 2011 and a total
  Robredo said this year’s first
  qu art er nat ional crime
                                        In the case of non-index         of 55,680 in 2012 or a decrease             Temporary halt
                                   crimes (violations of special         of 16.77 percent. If this trend
  volume ha s d ropp ed by
  11,219 or an average drop of
                                   laws such as illegal logging or
                                   local laws or ordinances), a
                                                                         does not change, w e can
                                                                         safely assume that peace and
                                                                                                                in MM demolitions ordered
  16.77 percent compared to        total of 21,6 37 cases were           order situation will improve               Albeit temporary, all planned demolitions in certain squatter
  the same period last year.       recorded on the first quarter of      for the rest of the year,” the         areas in Metro Manila are now halted, unless all requirements
      Index crim e records         this year or 11.40 percent lower      DILG chief said.                       are met.
  (crimes against person such      compared to 24,420 recorded in             Robredo said that based               DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said he has ordered the
  as mu rd er, homicid e,          Ja nua ry to March 201 1,             on reports submitted to him            Philippine National Police (PNP) not to provide assistance during
  physical injury and rape,        Robredo said.                                      Continued on page 4       demolitions in squatter areas in the metropolis unless all the
                                                                                                                                                                     Continued on page 4




          Seal of Disaster
       Preparedness launched
     After the Seal of Good
Housekeeping (SGH) comes the Seal of
Disaster Preparedness for Floods (SDP).
     This new program, which was
launched recently, aims to recognize
the performance and efforts of local
governments in institutionalizing
disaster preparedness for floods.
     DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said
that while there is already the SGH
which cites LGU initia tiv es on
transparency and accountability, the
SDP was conceptualized solely to
further motivate local governments to
put disaster preparedness on top of
their priority development agenda.
     Robredo said the SDP shall be
conferred to a local government which
demonstrates an acceptable level of
disaster preparedness and disaster
preparedness response before and
during floods, as an official symbol of
excellence.
     “Through the SDP program, we
will not only provide incentives to
LGUs that fa red well on disa ster
preparedness, we will also be able to
assess performance gaps, provide
policy or program intervention based
on the identified gaps, and monitor
performance progress,” he said.
     Covered under initial assessment       Secretary Robredo signs the Memo Circulars which will implement the three DILG initiatives namely; the Seal of Disaster Preparedness, the Seal
for the SDP are the Provinces, Cities and   of Good Housekeeping, and the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, which recognize the performance and efforts of LGUs in institutionalizing reforms and
                      Continued on page 4   development in their localities held recently at Sulu Hotel, Quezon City.                                          Photo by Rudy Sanchez

				
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