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.
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.
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.
The provincial government of Zambales through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) has conducted a simultaneous earthquake drill on March 1, 2012.
An estimated 180 personnel from the different offices situated at the Provincial Capitol Building participated in the drill which started at exactly 9:06 A.M.
DILG Zambales OIC Provincial Director Armi V. Bactad and staff, Provincial Fire MarshallSupt. Jorge B. Fariñas together with his subordinates, Philippine Red Cross Chapter Administrator Maria Elizabeth J. Ednave and the Philippine Army headed by LTC. Michael G. Samson, C.O. 24 IB-Zambales served as observers and evaluators.Each of them gave an impressive reaction and suggestions on the conduct of the drill.
The same exercise, which aims to ensure everyone’s readiness in case an emergency or disaster strikes was conducted in every municipality particularly in the different schools in the province.