8.12.2012

PIA News Service - Sunday, August 12, 2012


DILG-Caraga backs Special Purpose Fund Orientation for LGUs

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) -- Consistent with its goal to provide access to safe and potable water for the poor and waterless communities in the region, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga presented the ‘2012 Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat Program’, known as SALINTUBIG during the Special Purpose Fund (SPF) Workshop Orientation for Local Government Units (LGUs).

This was held recently at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City with participating LGUs across the region.

The Special Purpose Fund (SPF) is intended for identified poverty reduction projects proposed by LGUs, which were not approved because of vague project objectives and were beyond the listed Menu of Programs for Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting of regional offices for the crafting of 2013 national government budget.

DILG Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) V Mariles Oclarit discussed the strategies, procedures, roles and responsibilities in the implementation and management of the SALINTUBIG Program in the waterless municipalities and barangay. This is to inform the LGUs of the existing DILG program which they can avail by complying the eligibility requirements as being set for its guidelines.

Together with other participating regional line agencies in the Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting, such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Energy (DOE)/National Electrification Administration (NEA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the DILG encouraged the LGUs to avail of existing programs like the SALINTUBIG.

This is purposely done in order to cater the poverty reduction projects proposed by LGUs falling outside the Menu of Programs of the abovementioned participating regional offices. Through the presentation of the DILG SALINTUBIG program and the programs of the different regional offices, the unapproved project proposals may be funded by the existing and on-going programs of the mentioned regional line agencies.

With this orientation, LGUs will be given with a wide opportunity to modify their project proposals to avail of the SPF, provided that they will be able to comply the requirements and beat the deadline for submission to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) in Diliman, Quezon City which is slated on August 15, 2012. (RER/DILG-13/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DILG, DSWD ink partnership in PODER Anti-Poverty Projects

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 9 (PIA) -- To reduce poverty incidence in Caraga Region, the regional offices of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with the Municipality of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to implement PODER 7, an anti-poverty project funded by Agencia EspaƱola Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID).

The MOA was signed after the project launching and municipal orientation in Surigao del Sur on July 23, 2012. Part of the event was the installation of the Municipal Area Coordinating Team for the project implementation.

Based on the agreement, DSWD will be responsible for allocating funds for the municipality to support the project implementation and conduct the monitoring and evaluation; and the DILG, through its municipal local government operations officer will be responsible for providing capacity building, training and coaching to the municipality concerned in good governance processes and systems. The DILG is also tasked to provide policy guidelines to the municipality as may be necessary to support the project implementation.

DILG Director Lilibeth A. Famacion said: “Recipients of this project should aim for project completion and those barangays whose proposals are not prioritized should give way to other project proposals which are more necessary to reduce the poverty incidence in the given area."

DSWD Director Mercedita P. Jabagat said proposed projects submitted by Punong Barangays will undergo a prioritization system.“Those projects which are highly significant for a certain barangay based on the dire need of the community and which will answer the identified problem in the area will be prioritized."

On the other hand, Mayor Honolulu Go of San Agustin signified his commitment in providing technical assistance for the end goal, which is the project completion. Mayor Go said that the municipality will provide support in a form of cash fund as a municipal counterpart to ensure that the implementation will run smoothly. In the MOA, it is provided that the LGU of San Agustin shall deposit the said counterpart to the Municipal Trust Fund Account intended solely for the whole project implementation.

PODER, short term for Poder y Prosperidad de la Comunidad involves a participatory and criteria-based project implementation. PODER 7 is anchored in “Strengthening Community Involvement to Sustain Poverty Reduction Program” (SCISPRP). This anti-poverty project is part of President Benigno Simeon Aguino III’s advocacy towards “Bayang Maunlad”. (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


DILG partners with OCD in disaster reduction activities in Caraga

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) -- With the end view of increasing people’s resilience and enhancing their capacities from threats and impacts of disasters brought climate change, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) have conducted activities to mark National Disaster Consciousness Celebration last July.

These activities included a coastal clean-up at Barangay Masao, Butuan City with the participation of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC). Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, together with selected regional line agencies, headed the DILG staff in clearing out the coastal shoreline of Masao.

Director Famacion, during the program proper at Brgy. Masao covered court said that the community should always be on the lead to be vigilant of what is happening in their surroundings such as the maritime ruin of the coastal areas resulting from improper waste disposal. “This is one of the many ways in order to mitigate the harmful effects of environmental degradation,” she added. Director Famacion encouraged the local DRRMC and Barangay Officials to enhance their DRRM Plan and to fully operationalize their DRRM offices.

OCD Chief Blanche T. Gobenciong encouraged the community to be conscious with climate changes and the threats of disaster. She said that it is important to have knowledge with the how to’s and the correct responses to disasters in order to prepare the community for unforeseen calamities.

Part of the said activity was the distribution of hygiene kits to recipient families and school children. This was handed over by OCD Chief Blanche Gobenciong and assisted by DILG Director Famacion. With the initiative of OCD, a dental and medical mission with free consultation and tooth extraction from the provincial and city government of Butuan were also undertaken to the residence of Brgy. Masau and neighboring barangays. In connection, free medicines were distributed and vitamins were also given to infants.

A bloodletting activity was also conducted with supervision from the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC). Simultaneous to this was the community viewing of multi-media presentations from OCD and DILG to inform and likewise educate the local community in readiness to face disasters and how to prevent it.

Other agencies involved in the activities were the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). (NCLM/DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)