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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region III, led by Regional Director Florida M. Dijan, conducted the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) Launching and MOA Signing on May 20, 2015 at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The event was attended by 3,080 participants composed of local officials from the Provinces of Bataan,Pampanga, and Zambales, DILG personnel, and leaders and members of the participating religious groups.

The event aims to establish and strengthen collaboration among all service-providers in the barangay in partnership with faith-based organizations for good governance and common good of the people. Among the personalities who attended and graced the event were as follows: Gov. Lilia G. Pineda of Pampanga; Most. Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, D.D., Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Fernando; Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr., VG, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mercy, Novaliches, Quezon City; Romelino R. Gojo, Regional Liga ng mga Barangay President; Atty. Mariness L. Ledesma, UBAS Executive Director; Atty. Edmund R. Abesamis, National Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) President; and Dir. Leocadio T. Trovela of National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO).

One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling of the UBAS Unity Symbol which signifies the union and partnership of the DILG, local government officials, and interfaith communities in the campaign to eradicate corruption through the UBAS Movement which will institutionalize the watchful monitoring of all government programs and projects at the community level. There was also the signing of the UBAS Unity Statement by Atty. Edmund R. Abesamis, Fr. Emil Dizon, Dir. Leocadio T. Trovela, RD Florida Dijan, Gov. Lilia Pineda and all local officials present, as a manifestation of their support for the UBAS movement.

TurnoverBUBAnother highlight of the event was the handing over of the copies of the Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) Projects of Bataan, Pampanga, and Zambales headed by RD Florida M. Dijan, witnessed by Dir. Leocadio T. Trovela, Atty. Edmund R. Abesamis, Atty. Mariness L. Ledesma, and Regional LnB President Romelino R. Gojo.

The event was concluded with the awarding of BuB checks amounting to Php 722,840.00 and Php 2,400,000.00 to the Municipality of Lubao, Pampanga while checks amounting to Php 172,500.00, Php 630,000.00, Php 2,200,000.00, and Php 1,304,000.00 were awarded to the Municipalities of Macabebe (Pampanga), Iba (Zambales), Palauig (Zambales), and San Felipe (Zambales), respectively.

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