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DILG Pampanga Team led by PD Angelina S. Blanco attended the groundbreaking of another Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) Project in the province of Pampanga which was held at Barangays Tabuyok and Balucuc, Apalit, Pampanga. The project is the Upgrading/ Concreting of Tabuyok- Balucuc Farm to Market Road amounting to P1,000,000.00. The said project will  formally start on March 29, 2012 and expected to be completed on April 21, 2012.

The groundbreaking was graced by the municipality’s local officials headed by Mayor Oscar Tetangco, Jr. and Vice Mayor Peter Nucom along with SB Members, Department Heads and Barangay Officials.  MLGOO Edita Abalos of Apalit, LGOO VI Jose Algy B. Canlas and LGOO V Josephine Villanueva of DILG Pampanga Provincial Office were also present.

Mayor Jun Tetangco and the barangay officials of Tabuyoc and Balucuc expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the national government especially to DILG for the financial support extended as this project would ensure viability of transport of farm produce to the markets.


Another project funded by the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) amounting to P600,000 was inspected by DILG Provincial Director Angelina S. Blanco together with the Provincial Focal Person LGOO VI Jose Algy Canlas.  Said inspection was attended by the Hon. Mayor Jose Maria Hizon, MPDC Gloria Cruz and MLGOO Rosalinda Camaya. The project is located in front of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University. It was started on March 2, 2012 and it is expected to be finished on April 20, 2012.

 

The Local Government Support Fund is a fund being released by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Budget and Management to provinces, cities and municipalities which have passed the DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping.  Said fund is intended to defray part of the decrease in the local government’s Internal Revenue Allotment for the year 2012.

The funds shall be utilized as capital expenditure and shall be used to augment the approved 2012 annual investment plan for implementation of any or combination of the following projects like rural electrification, local roads connection national roads, arterial farm-to-market roads and bridges, local economic enterprises, flood control and drainage and to support priority projects of the National Government such as Millennium Development Goals, Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.      

 

                                  

 

 

The Department of the Interior and Local Government in Region 3, in collaboration with the Bureau of Local Government Finance, conducted an Orientation on Revenue Codification on March 12, 2012 at the DILG Conference Room, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.  This activity was aimed to provide the participants, the DILG Cluster Leaders and Field Officers, with a walkthrough conceptual experience on the preparation/updating of a Local Revenue Code (LRC) as well as to share with them knowledge on Codification of LGUs tax policies.   

During the activity, DILG Assistant Regional Director Jonathan Paul M. Leusen, Jr. stressed the importance of creating and updating the LRC in every Local Government Unit. He urged the utmost participation of Field Officers in the implementation of the program as it will create self-reliant and financially capable LGUs.  Further he added that a sound LRC will aid LGUs in raising more funds for them to lessen their dependence with the IRA issued by the National Government.


BLGF OIC-Regional Director Luningning R. Llanto on the other hand, gave emphasis on the role of the DILG and the BLGF as partners in the implementation of the Revenue Codification. She also pointed out the importance of the LRC as a tool in stimulating growth within the Local Government Units and that the local revenue code is a reflection of the local tax policy of the LGUs.  “ With a carefully crafted LRC, LGUs can look forward to having a landmark legislation than can provide the LGU with means to attain a measure of financial autonomy”, she said.   


An open forum with RD Dijan and RD Llanto ensued in order to clarify participants’ issues and concerns.  Towards the end of the activity, the participants were tasked to create an action plan on the revenue codification for their respective areas of coverage as well as the identification of LGUs in need of intervention in the preparation/ updating of Local Revenue Code.  

 

As a proponent of Disaster Risk Reduction Management, the DILG Regional Office 3 participated in the 2012 1st Quarter National Earthquake Drill last March 15, 2012 to ensure preparedness in responding to a strong earthquake and to assess the evacuation and response plan of this office. 


The National Earthquake Drill was conducted simultaneously in selected schools, establishments, government and non-government offices in other parts of the country which had volunteered to participate. This is part of the continuing implementation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (NDRRMC) Four Point Plan of Action on Disaster Preparedness particularly on public information, education and communication as well as preparedness for response.  The nationwide Earthquake Drill is being conducted quarterly since 2006. 

As a preliminary activity, this Office conducted an orientation-briefing on Earthquake Preparedness among its personnel last March 8, 2012 in coordination with the Office of the Civil Defense - Region 3.

At exactly 10:30am of March 15, 2012, the alarm rang and signaled the start of the Earthquake Drill.  Immediately all DILG Regional Office 3 employees together with other guests and visitors performed the standard procedure of “duck, cover and hold” during earthquake occurrence.  After a minute of “shaking”, everyone went out and proceeded to the Evacuation Assembly Area in front of the building in an orderly manner using the most accessible exits as directed in the floor and exit plan that was designated per room.  A headcount was made to ensure that everyone is accounted for and no one is missing based on employee’s attendance and visitor’s logbook.

Said activity was led by DILG 3 Regional Director Florida M. Dijan thru the Monitoring and Evaluation Division headed by OIC-MED Chief Lerrie S. Hernandez who is also the Regional DRRM Focal Person.


The Sanggunian Information System (SIS) was installed by DILG Region 3 SIS focal persons to the municipality of Minalin, Pampanga on February 28-29, 2012.  Minalin Mayor Arturo Naguit through Vice Mayor Arturo Yambao and the Vice Mayors’ League of Pampanga requested the DILG to install the SIS and conduct a briefing on the system as well as on the different programs of the Department. 

 Brief information on SIS was presented by LGOO V Mariel  Estacio and LGOO V Jeffrey Manalastas to SB Secretary Carolina M. Tungol and her three Local Legislative Staff Officers and Employee. In the afternoon, action planning, actual installation and hands-on training of the System was administered. LGOO VI Jose Algy B. Canlas, SIS Provincial Focal Person also attended the activity.

  During the activity, PD Angelina S. Blanco discussed the importance and benefits of the system.  Mayor Naguit, on the other hand, thanked the Department for the support it is continuously extending to the LGU.  He also assured the SIS team that the municipality will maintain the System until it will be completed and made available in order to further improve the delivery of services to their constituents.

 

 

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