Secretary, DILG
E-mail: emanodilg@dilg.gov.ph
Undersecretary for Local Government
E-mail: mcsacendoncillo@dilg.gov.ph
Regional Director
E-mail: mliringan@dilg.gov.ph
Assistant Regional Director
E-mail: aasanjose@dilg.gov.ph
CONTACT NO#: (074) 422-6339

Relative to the growing threat of 2019 Coronavirus Infectious Disease (COVID-19) and its high probability to infect large numbers of people through crowd and mass gatherings, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issues advisory directing offices, agencies within its jurisdiction to postpone and reschedule all activities that will involve gathering people in a crowd.

Following the declaration of the State of Public Health Emergency, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año announced earlier the postponement of barangay assembly which is supposed to be conducted on any Saturday or Sunday this month. Barangay officials are given the permission to move their meetings to a later date provided that it will be held within the first semester this year.

“While holding of the barangay assembly day is important, we need to think of the greater good and ensure the general welfare of our people,” said Sec. Año.

Aside from the barangay assembly day, other activities of the DILG Cordillera are also postponed - Regional Launching of the “Disiplina Muna” National Advocacy Campaign on March 18, and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest about Peace Building on March 23 will be rescheduled. The DILG Cordillera is yet to announce the final dates on when to conduct these activities.

The DILG Cordillera provides up-to-date information and announcements through its official social media accounts and website.

“This is to clarify that we are not cancelling our activities, we are only rescheduling these to avoid the spread of the virus. We walk the talk since the department moved for the postponement of activities as proactive measure, we have to be the first to abide by it,” said DILG Cordillera Dir. Marlo Iringan.

Dir. Iringan also reminded the local government units to reinforce and mobilize their Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to help the government monitor and contain the virus.

It is the responsibility of the BHERTs to ensure that all residents are accounted for by monitoring the community through home visitation of arriving passengers from coronavirus-infected countries within their respective localities.

"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"
Agencies and organizations who are members of the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) perseveres for the attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace and development in the region.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DILG-CAR) convened the member agencies of five (5) DILG-led clusters of the task force on February 26, 2020 to discuss the status of programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) to address the root causes of insurgency, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats.
Part of the functions of the local task forces is to implement a peace framework that is driven by whole-of-nation approach or WNA, ensure inter-agency convergence to address problems in conflict-affected, geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, and vulnerable communities.
“We keep on mentioning this WNA or whole-of-nation approach and it is high time to put this in practice. We should continue to work hand in hand to make sure all the activities are synchronized and harmonized.” said DILG-CAR Dir. Marlo Iringan during the joint cluster meeting.
Agencies presented their PPAs and some of these are skills training, livelihood enhancement support, construction of child development centers, social pensions, financial assistance to students, information campaigns, among many others.
The presentations prompted Dir. Iringan to suggest that monitoring and evaluations of these PPAs must be enhanced to guarantee equal opportunities and prioritization of all the 49 insurgency-affected barangays in the Cordillera. “We want to make sure that all these identified barangays will have a fair share of the pie,” he added.
The five (5) DILG-led clusters are 1) local government empowerment; 2) sectoral unification, capacity-building, and empowerment; 3) basic services; 4) enhanced comprehensive local integration program and amnesty; and 5) localized peace engagement.
Meanwhile, representatives of DILG from regions I, II, III, IV-A, NCR, and CAR gathered in Baguio City for the finalization of module on Capacitating Urban Communities for Peace and Development (UCPD) on February 28.
"We wanted to have this consultation with other regions so we can say that we own this, not only NCR. Our goal here is to synergize amid our dynamics and different resources. We may be traversing different paths but we all want to arrive at the same destination - to achieve peace and development", said Dir. Maria Lourdes Agustin, regional director of DILG-NCR.
"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"
With the aim to realize peace and development in the country, the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will conduct an on-the-spot poster making contest coincide with the National Summit on the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP), a government platform that targets to end insurgency.
Before the summit on April 3, the DILG-CAR will be conducting an on-the-spot poster making contest on March 23 at the regional office in Baguio City to screen and qualify winner who will be representing the Cordillera region at the national level.
Each participant shall illustrate, interpret, and emphasize the theme “nagkakaisang adhikain para sa makabuluhan at progresibong kapayapaan” or in English “unified goals toward significant and sustainable peace and development”.
DILG-CAR assistant regional director Araceli San Jose challenges artists in the region to join, given that Baguio City is also recognized as a Creative City. “This contest has the specific objective to foster creativity through visual arts to spark messages of peace, unity, and development,” said ARD San Jose.
Regional winners will receive certificates and cash prizes – P10k for the first prize, P6k for the second prize, and P4k for the third prize. The first placer will represent the region at the national level and has the chance to win P50k, P30k, and P20k for first, second, and third prizes respectively.
The contest is open to all individual civilians except for officials and employees of the DILG, member agencies of Task Force Balik Loob, local government units, as well as ECLIP committee members.
Moreover, only the first 100 registrants will be accommodated. Deadline of online registration is on March 15. Official and final list of successfully registered participants will be uploaded on the official FB page of DILG-CAR. Online registration is only through this link - rebrand.ly/dilg-postermaking.
The DILG-CAR will be providing basic artwork materials but participants may also bring their own. The posters will be judged using these criteria – 40 points for relevance to the theme, 30 for originality, 20 for creativity, and 10 points for presentation.
Each artwork shall include a description not exceeding 100 word counts to provide judges and spectators a clear view of the message and significance of the output.
For more information about the contest mechanics and registration procedure, visit the DILG Cordillera Facebook page, and website at www.dilgcar.com.
Likewise, the DILG says that the ECLIP National Summit is a way of recognizing the program’s success through presentations of progress reports, and story-telling from selected former rebels.
"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"


With the theme “Barangay: Kaagapay sa Matiwasay at Ligtas na Pamumuhay”, all 1,176 barangays in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are reminded to conduct their first semester barangay assembly on any Saturdays and Sundays of March this year.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reiterates the responsibilities of the barangay officials to convene their residents and registered members for a meeting to discuss their respective accomplishments and financial reports from previous year, to have an avenue to plan programs and projects for 2020, and to deliberate newly enacted local policies.

It is also highlighted in the DILG memorandum circular 2020-041 that timely issues such as 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), road clearing operations, and African Swine Fever (ASF) shall be included in the agenda to be tackled during the assembly.

“We should guarantee that the actions and decision taken by public officials respond to the needs of their constituents. Accountability and transparency is one of the key elements in good governance. Through these assemblies, the public is able to evaluate the effectiveness of their barangay officials if they are performing to their full potential”, DILG CAR Regional Director Engr. Marlo Iringan said firmly.

Alongside other agenda, the assembly also aims to discuss issues or concerns affecting their village such as social services, peace & order, public safety, disaster risk reduction and management, environmental management, and economic development.

In as much as the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) headed by Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong noted the incidence of rape cases in certain areas of the region, Dir. Iringan enjoins barangay officials to discuss proper interventions to prevent the occurrence of rape cases.

Meanwhile, all local government units (LGUs) shall ensure the compliance and maximum participation of all the barangays, and maximize the use of tri-media to raise awareness on the said directive.

Barangay officials who fail to conduct assembly can be sued administratively by the residents, concerned citizens, and/or government and non-government entities pursuant to section 61 of the local government code.

The conduct of barangay assembly is stipulated under Section 397 of the Local Government Code of 1991 and the Proclamation No. 599 series of 2018.

Second semester barangay assembly shall be held during weekends in October this year.

"Matino, Mahusay at Maaasahan"
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