Through the collaborative efforts of DILG Zambales, Bataan and Aurora led by Provincial Directors Armi V. Bactad, CESO V, Myra B. Moral-Soriano, CESO V and Atty. Ofelio A. Tactac, CESE respectively, the "Provincial Roll-out on Assessing the Gender Responsiveness of ADM-Funded Projects was conducted on November 8-10, 2017 at Vista Marina Hotel, SBFZ to mainstream gender-responsiveness in the whole project development and implementation cycle.

The activity was attended by the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDC) and Municipal Local Government and Operations Officers (MLGOO) from all the municipalities of the provinces of Zambales, Aurora and Bataan.

LGOO V Lee Allen B. Pineda gave an overview on the importance of the Assistance to Disadvantage Municipalities Program (ADMP) and its connection with Gender and Development. Gender Analysis tools such as the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) and Program/Project Implementation, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation (PIMME) were discussed and utilized during the workshops.

The activity was conducted to facilitate the LGUs compliance on the implementation of the localization of Magna Carta of Women and ensure that it is applied to the implementation of ADM Funded Projects.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government— Zambales led by Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad, CESO V evaluated the team's performance during the Strategic Planning on the Implementation of the Locally-Funded Projects cum Team Building held on August 9 – 11, 2017 at Caliraya Beach Resort, Lumban, Laguna. 

The National Validation for the 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) kicked off and the Municipalities of Castillejos and San Antonio were among the local government units (LGUs) that were assessed by Region XIII representative LGOO VII Ray Gregory F. Jaranilla on August 14, 2017.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Zambales together with the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) conducted Joint Final Inspection of road projects under the Department's Konkreto at Ayos na LanSAngan ang Daan tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) Program on August 14, 2017.

Iba, Zambales. On August 8, 2017, LGU Officials led by Honorable Mayor Jun Rundstedt C. Ebdane and Vice Mayor Irenea Maniquiz-Biñan and the people of Iba, Zambales, joined the forty nine (49) other LGUs in the simultaneous lighting of the ASEAN Lanterns. With the theme: "Under One Light, We are One ASEAN", the activity symbolizes ASEAN's important role as the light that guides the path of the ASEAN Member countries.