The Liga ng mga Barangay led by Hon. Ruel P. Sarmiento and DILG headed by PD Armi V. Bactad, CESO V conducted an Orientation-Workshop on Developing Good Governance to Effective and Efficient Delivery of Barangay Services last February 25 to 27, 2013 at Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City.  This activity aims to further enhance good governance in the barangay level through its better delivery of services by the barangay officials to its constituents.

During the opening program, Hon. Joel A. Alangsab, National Board of Director, LnB CAR, officially welcomed the participants to their city. On the other hand, PD Bactad, provided an overview of the topics to be discussed for the whole duration of the event.  These topics include the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713) and the Anti-Red Tape Act (RA 9485).  She also discussed the upcoming activities for March, the observance of “Earth Hour” and the Barangay Assembly Day.

   The presentation regarding the Background of the Citizen’s Charter was provided by DILG Pampanga Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia, CESO V.  She included in her discussion the provisions of the ARTA and the Report Card Survey which aims to evaluate the performance of the LGUs with regards to their services to clients.  She stressed that a copy of the Citizen’s Charter should always be present to serve as guide to the level of service especially of the LGU’s frontliners. Mr. Randy C. Tababa, Chief Personnel Specialist from the Civil Service Commission  (CSC) Region III discussed RA 7613 along with the eight (8) norms of conduct a government employee should have and its prohibited acts and transactions. LGOO VI Rolando D. Ocampo presented the topic on Promoting and Sustaining Barangay Good Governance.  He added in this presentation the elements of good governance and the implementation of the posting of barangay budget, expenditures and other financial transactions.

   The participants had a fellowship night to appreciate the culture of the Cordilleras through its ethnic dancers and forge camaraderie and establish relationship among the barangay officials in the province.

   The event was graced by former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, Zambales Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Zambales 2nd District Representative Jun Omar Ebdane who vowed to continue supporting policies and programs that aims to improve the welfare of the barangays in the province.  The activity was also attended by the MLGOOs who provided technical assistance to the said event

   Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Chairperson Governor Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. convened the members of the council in a meeting held at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Session Hall, Capitol Building, Iba Zambales on February 12, 2013.  This is the first PPOC meeting of the province for CY 2013.

PD Armi V. Bactad has recently completed the multi-phase and multi-faceted Executive Leadership Program (ELP) for Career Executive Service Officers. This program is targeted to the development, advancement, and nurturance of the core management competencies relevant to the roles of public managers. It aims to raise the level of competence of the members of the Career Executive Service (CES), instill a deeper sense of commitment to public service amongst career executives, and help them understand the CES as a program of government, as a service, a culture, and a way of life.

As part of the continuing information and educational campaign supporting the Departments’ advocacy on Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation, DILG Zambales represented by PD Armi V. Bactad, CESE had a  Radio Guesting at Radio Natin 105.7 Mhz, a local radio station in Iba, Zambales in the segment “ Kamusta Bayan?” hosted by Cesar Villa and Polly Leomo last June 4, 2012 from 11am-12nn.

The Municipality of Castillejos recently conducted a Launching Ceremony for the Repair/Rehabilitation of various school buildings amounting to P2.8 Million last May 2, 2012 at Central Elementary School, Castillejos, Zambales.  This is in line with the Department’s commitment of forging support with local government units to promote good governance under the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF). The amount of P800,000.00 was given as a cash incentive to the said municipality being a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award,  in addition to the P2M from the 20% Development Fund.

The ceremony was graced by the municipal local officials headed by Mayor Jose Angelo M. Dominguez along with SB Members, MPDC  Enrique C. Clarin, School Principals, PTA Members and Punong Barangays. LGOO VI Rolando D. Ocampo, South Cluster Team Leader / concurrent MLGOO together with MLGOOs Rosalinda T. Sarmiento and Deborah A. Mangayan from neighboring Municipalities of Subic and San Marcelino respectively were also present to witness the occasion.

In his message, Mayor Dominguez emphasized his battle cry “Kayang Kaya Basta’tSamaSama” in which everyone should have a part in the development efforts of the local government unit. Also, LGOO VI Ocampo congratulated the officials of Castillejos for being the first to conduct a launching ceremony in the Province of Zambales.

The activity was concluded by Hon. Voltaire Avera, SB Chairman on Education and said that he will continue to support the program of Mayor Dominguez especially in the education sector.