DILG Bulacan with the support of the Provincial Government observes the 20th National Crime Prevention Week with the theme "Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay Igalang Tungo sa Mapayapang Pamayanan” through a lecture-forum at the Mariano Ponce Hall, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center on September 1, 2014. OIC Provincial Director Darwin D. David delivered a welcome remarks for more than a hundred criminology students from Bulacan State University, representatives of the provincial government and officers and members of attached agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), National Police Commission (Napolcom) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Among the resource persons who shared their expertise on topics related to crime prevention were BFP Malolos City Fire Marshall S/Insp. JaimeD.Robles and Provincial Fire Marshall Supt. Artemio M. Llena, PDEA Agent Mr. LazaroP.Combo, PNP PCINSP Arwin M. Tadeo, DILG LGOO VI Imelda C. Magat, BJMP Provincial Administrator Chief Inspector Jonathan E. Pangan, and NAPOLCOM Regional Director Atty.Manuel L. Pontanal.

            The celebration was also highlighted by the awarding of certificates and cash prizes to the provincial winners in the essay writing contest, as follows: 1st placer: Roann DC Espiritu, Mariano Ponce National High school; 2nd placer: Arcelli Mae Saavedra, Prenza National High School and Joyce Crystal Borlongan of Marcelo H. Del Pilar National High School.

                Provincial Government Chief of Staff Jim Valerio delivered the inspirational message on behalf of Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado. He emphasized the importance of active participation and involvement of the community especially the youth toward a more peaceful and progressive Bulacan.

                Presidential Proclamation No. 461 declares the first week of September of every year as the National Crime Prevention Week in the country, signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos last August 31, 1994.

The Municipal Government of Pulilan, Bulacan has conducted a one day Synchronized Regular Monthly Clean-Up drive on August 29, 2014 participated in by Municipal and Barangay Officials, volunteers, National Government Agencies- DILG, PNP, BFP and BJMP, PENRO, DPWH and other various stakeholders. The said clean-up drive is in compliance with the Supreme Court En Banc Decision promulgated on December 2008 directing the 13 National Government Agencies and Local Government Units concerned to clean, preserve, rehabilitate and restore the Manila Bay Watershed Areas to its former glory.

Before the clean-up drive, a coordination meeting with the Mandamus Agencies-DILG-DENR-DPWH together with the representatives from the Provincial Government of Bulacan and the Municipal Government of Pulilan was held on August 14, 2014. The said meeting, spearheaded by the DILG-Bulacan Provincial Office thru the initiatives of PD Darwin D. David aims to identify a “showcase barangay” or the center of the clean-up drive in the municipality and to discuss the necessary preparations and roles/contributions of each concerned Agencies and LGUs during the clean-up drive.

           

The clean-up drive with the theme “Kalinisan Tungo sa Ligtas na Pamayanan” is as simple yet an inspiring message to instill to the hearts and minds of the stakeholders that progress begins with self-discipline, that is, taking good care of the environment by simply following the laws and ordinances related to the environment, such as disposing garbage into the right places, segregation of garbage at source, and observing the 3 Rs (Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle) rule in managing solid wastes.

Approximately, six (6) trucks of mixed wastes (candy wrappers, cigarette butts, cables, plastics, stryrofor, diapers, napkins, used garments, etc.) were collected during the conduct of this noble activity at Dampol 1st, the center barangay of the clean-up drive.

This is already the 4th DILG-Bulacan- spearheaded clean-up drive for the year 2014.

   DILG Secretary Mar A. Roxas graced the Opening Ceremony of this year’s Celebration of Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan (SINGKABAN) Festival on September 9, 2013 with the theme, “Makulay na Sining at Kalinangan Bulacan, Ipagmalaki at Ikarangal!!”

   The Municipality of Paombong, the sole recipient of Performance Challenge Fund in the Province of Bulacan, received its monetary incentive in the amount of Php1 Million on April 7, 2014 during the Flag Raising Ceremony held at the covered court of the municipal hall.
  

   DILG Bulacan OIC-Provincial Director Darwin D. David together with Cluster Team Leader Lydia Baltazar, and MLGOO Lolita Silva personally handed the check to Municipal Administrator Ma. Cristina Castro, Vice Mayor Marisa Ramos, and SB Members: Ernesto Sulit, Arnold Mendoza, Myrna Valencia. This fund will be used for the asphalt overlay of the Brgy. road of Malasique, San Vicente, Paombong, Bulacan.


    PD Darwin David commended the good governance of the Municipality as to its compliance to the criteria of Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) in which a local government unit, to be able to avail of the PCF, needs to exhibit strong performance in key governance areas of planning, fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and performance management. Thus, the Municipality was conferred with SGH Silver Award 2012.  Likewise, PD David encouraged everyone to continue working hand in hand towards the achievement of inclusive growth. Furthermore, he urged the Municipality to continue its warm support into the projects and programs of the department.

  The Historical Barasoain Church in Malolos City, Bulacan served as a venue for another milestone in the life of Bulacaños as it once again hosted the 115th Independence Day Celebration with a theme “Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran” on June12, 2013.