Friday, January 19, 2018


More and more people in the countryside now have access to safe and clean water as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has administered a total of 2,059 SALINTUBIG (Sagana at Ligtas naTubig para sa Lahat) projects across 15 regions in the country amounting to P6.674 billion.

DILG Undersecretary Austere Panadero said this is aside from the 850 potable water supply projects under the DILG’s Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) - Provision of Potable Water Programs in 2017 amounting to P3.699 billion.

“Safe and clean water is now accessible to majority of our countrymen and we are glad that we in the DILG are playing a key role in this effort,” said Panadero.

He said the DILG also appreciates the help and support of Regional Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Hubs that are mentoring and coaching recipient communities and local government units (LGUs) in managing and sustaining their potable water and sanitation projects better.

Just recently, representatives of various State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Water Districts, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and Private Institutions which make up the Regional WATSAN Hubs completed the training course on the Sustainable Delivery of Integrated Safe Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (iWaSH) Programs, Systems and Facilities for SALINTUBIG and ADM-Provision of Potable Water Programs.

In grateful recognition of their valuable contribution in providing capacity development and technical skills enhancement for iWaSH programs and for successfully completing the training course, each member-institution of the 15 Regional WATSAN Hubs was awarded with a plaque of appreciation during the final day of the said training course.

Panadero thanked the Regional WATSAN Hubs and highlighted their unique position in helping people identify their needs with regards to water and sanitation.

“Kung minsan, nakikita natin iyong mga numero diyan. Kami rin dito lahat sa DILG, we look at numbers. How many towns have we covered? How many communities? But of course, we know behind those numbers are faces. Behind those numbers are names. Behind those numbers are families that now benefit from potable water thanks to your help. Hindi nila makukuha iyon kung hindi natin pinagtulung-tulungan lahat,” he said.

“I hope that as we move forward, we continue to do this because we want to bring about a better future to our communities, better health, at mabigyan naman sila ng access sa napakahalagang commodity – iyong tubig,” he added.

UNICEF WASH Chief Louise Maule said that if we can find ways to build on our strengths, the R/Hubs really have the potential to become centers for excellence and to be a valuable resource for integrated WASH program planning and monitoring.

“If the R/Hubs can work together as a network and have mechanisms for sharing their skills and expertise, then we can make the best use of the available capacities and resources for the Philippines as a whole,” Maule said.

UNICEF has been one of DILG’s partners in the delivery of iWASH projects through the Joint Programme ‘Enhancing Access to and Provision of Water Services with the Active Participation of the Poor’ (MDG-F 1919) and the current Joint Programme on Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) – Promoting Water and Sanitation Access, Integrity, Empowerment, Rights and Resiliency (Pro-WATER). # Source –


The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) family welcomes the appointment of former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief and current DILG Undersecretary Eduardo S. Ano as the new DILG Officer-in-Charge and congratulates former Usec. Catalino S. Cuy on his appointment as the new chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).

Department officials and rank and file employees from the central, regional and field offices as well as those from the DILG’s attached agencies welcome the appointment of Ano and are prepared to serve under him in intensifying the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption, and in promoting good local governance.

“We are confident that OIC Ano will lead the DILG in achieving its reform agenda in support of President Duterte’s priority thrusts. We believe that his experience, professionalism, and dedication to service prepared him well to lead this Department as he builds up on the efforts began by Cuy in the government’s anti-illegal drugs, anti-crime and anti-corruption programs,” said Undersecretary Austere Panadero.

On the other hand, DILG Employees Union president Kieth Lagmay said that “The DILG Employees Union expresses its strong message of support to new OIC Eduardo S. Ano as he shepherds the DILG flock to be of better and more efficient service to local governments and the public in general.”

The DILG officials and staff likewise thank Usec. Cuy for his dedicated service in the DILG and wished him well on his new journey in the DDB, an equally challenging task.

Ano’s appointment as DILG OIC was released by the Office of the President Friday after Cuy was named as the new DDB Chair.

Building on the gains

DILG Assistant Secretary for Communications Jonathan Malaya said that the DILG ended 2017 on a positive note as significant accomplishments were gained during Cuy’s watch.

“Under OIC Cuy, the PNP has reported that index crimes in January to October 2017 decreased to 93,290, which is about a 21 percent improvement from the recorded 118,183 crimes for the same period last year,” said Malaya.

Index crimes are those classified as serious and occurring with sufficient frequency and regularity that they are considered index to the crime situation in a given area. These include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, and car-napping.

Meanwhile, non-index crimes registered more than five percent decrease with the 353,816 crimes recorded in January to October 2017 juxtaposed to the 372,517 crimes recorded in the same period of last year.

Aside from lowering crime incidents, solving crimes such as by taking into custody or charging an offender before an appropriate office or court have increased. Crime clearance efficiency rate has increased to 74.36 percent in January to October 2017 from 69.2 percent in January to October 2016.

For the same periods, crime solution efficiency rate or cleared cases out of the total number of crime incidents handled by police authorities have increased to 61.02 percent from 56.48 percent.

Malaya said that on the local governance front, the DILG ensured the continuous drive for LGU transparency, accountability and good local governance.

“The seeds of change have been planted in the local government sector during the time of OIC Cuy and we expect more to bear fruit under the leadership of Ano,” he said.

Four-hundred forty-eight LGUs (28 provinces, 61 cities and 359 municipalities) were conferred with the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award last year, which is 46 percent higher than the total of 306 awardees in 2016.

The conferment of the SGLG comes with more than recognition as the LGU-awardees are provided with the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) which they use implement various development projects in their areas.

The DILG is also administering thousands of completed, ongoing, and pipelined projects in communities nationwide under its various programs and these are in line with the administration’s policy of bringing about beneficial and inclusive change for the Filipino people.

The DILG through the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology also ensured the welfare and development of 148,987 PDLs nationwide. 83,872 of which benefitted from livelihood projects, 141,029 benefitted from Behavioral Modification and Development through the Therapeutic Community and Modality Program, and 72,957 benefitted from the Educational Programs within its facilities. The Bureau also launched “College Behind Bars”, an academic institution located in Davao City Jail where 70 PDLs are currently enrolled.

On the other hand, the DILG’s Bureau of Fire Protection reported a significant 27 percent decrease in the total number of fire incidents with 11,961 fire incidents from January to September 2017 compared to 16,407 for the same period in 2016. #  Source –


STARTING January 1, 2018, members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) must have sufficient regularity of premium contributions to ensure that they are able to avail themselves of social health insurance benefits in accredited health care institutions.

Through Circular 2017-0021 published last October 27, PhilHealth emphasized that eligibility to benefits means that a member must have made at least three (3) months’ contribution within the immediate six (6) months prior to the first day of confinement. In addition, a member must also have sufficient regularity of premium contribution, and should not be subject to legal penalties.

This is articulated in Section 12 of Republic Act 7875 or the National Health Insurance Act as amended by RA 10606 which was passed in 2013.

As contained in PhilHealth Board Resolution No. 2097, s.2016 sufficient regularity of payment means that a member must have paid at least six (6) months’contributions preceding the three (3) months qualifying contributions within the immediate 12-month period prior to the first day of confinement.

“In other words, a member must always have updated premium contributions to ensure eligibility to benefits availment,” said Dr. Celestina Ma. Jude P. de la Serna, Interim/Officer-in-charge, PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer. “While PhilHealth has the obligation to provide financial access to quality medical care services, our members are also responsible for making sure that their premium payments to the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) are updated,” she said.

Through special provisions, however, PhilHealth Circular 2017-0021 provides exemptions in the application of the said policy for certain membership types.

For instance, newly-enrolled members whose membership to the NHIP covers less than nine (9) months from the initial date of registration, shall only be required payment of at least three (3) months within six (6) months prior to the first day of confinement.

In addition, women about to give birth must pay the annual premium contribution prior to discharge from the accredited hospital to immediately avail themselves of maternity care benefits.

On the other hand, Sponsored members and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with expired coverage may shift membership to the Informal Economy within the three (3) months’ grace period following the month of expiration of coverage of their membership validity. Employed members, including seasonal employees who have been recently separated from work may also shift to the Informal Economy within the three (3) months’ grace period.

To avail themselves of the PhilHealth benefits, they should pay at least three (3) months’ premium contributions prior to hospital discharge and must show proof of sufficient regularity of premium contributions.

The Circular, which may be downloaded, defines and clarifies the application of sufficient regularity of PhilHealth premium payments and establishes the required number of contributions for eligibility to PhilHealth benefits of members from the Formal and Informal Economy, including migrant workers, members of organized groups and sponsored members.

Premium contributions may be paid through any of PhilHealth’s accredited banks or non-bank partners nationwide and overseas. #  Source – PHILHEALTH


REGISTERED nurses in the Philippines may now apply for accreditation with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) as providers of maternity care, newborn care and normal spontaneous delivery packages in accredited birthing homes.

Through Circular 2017-0023 (Revision 1) which was published last December 29, 2017, PhilHealth called on registered nurses to become professional heath care providers for the three (3) packages in PhilHealth-accredited birthing homes.

Once accredited, the nurses will receive payment from PhilHealth for services rendered to members who are availing themselves of the MCP, NCP or NSD packages in accredited birthing homes.

The policy also stated that the nurses who will qualify for accreditation may also provide services for family planning benefits being performed and reimbursed in primary care facilities such as intra-uterine device (IUD) insertion and Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Package, subject to additional requirements such as trainings.

The move to accredit nurses for the NHIP was in recognition of their vital roles in the local health care system. “They are among the promoters of primary health care, acting as frontliners in communities to deliver public health services,” said Dr. Celestina Ma. Jude P. De la Serna, Interim/Officer-in-charge, PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer.“By accrediting these nurses, we are assured that the quality of service that they provide to mothers and newborns in birthing homes are of the desired and expected quality,” she said.
To qualify for accreditation, nurses must be licensed practitioners, and must have completed training on Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care from Department of Health (DOH) institutions. The nurses must also have at least two (2) years’ experience in the labor or delivery room of at least a Level 1 hospital.“It is important for the applicants to also adhere to the standards of the Nursing profession and with the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses,” de la Serna added.

They must also comply with the provisions set forth in the Performance Commitment that they will sign with PhilHealth, and must be active PhilHealth members with qualifying premium contributions at the time of application. The nurses, however, may be affiliated with a maximum of three (3) PhilHealth-accredited non-hospital birthing facilities.

They will also be subjected to performance monitoring in accordance with the Health Care Providers – Performance Assessment System (HCP-PAS) articulated in PhilHealth Circular 2016-0026.

Interested nurses may file their applications with the Regional or Local Health Insurance Offices in their localities. They may also call PhilHealth’s 24/7 Action Center Hotline, (02) 441-7442 for the list of documents needed for the application. #  Source - PHILHEALTH

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Naaramid ti Blessing & Inauguration ti naipatakder  a Mango Packaging Center iti lote ti LGU-Cabugao iti Barangay Baclig, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur iti Enero 18, 2018.

Binayabay  ken kadua ni Mayor Josh Edward S. Cobangbang ni Board Member Atty. Ronnie R. Rapanut a nangibagi ken ni Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson a nanggetteng ti ribbon ken kangrunaan a nasangaili iti nasao nga inauguration ceremonies.

Naisaruno ti pannakaidaton ti Kararag babaen ken ni Rev. Fr.  Rex Rilveria iti imatang dagiti sangaili, Opisiales ti Barangay ken iti Ili ken kasta metten  dagiti kameng ti Cabugao Mango Farmers Multi-purpose Association ket kalpasanna   binendisionan ti Padi iti uneg a paset ti baro a pasdek.

Iti Programa, nag-Welcome  Remarks ni Vice Mayor DJ Savellano. Kimmablaaw ken nagyaman ti Opisial ket bininsana ti pateg iti pannakaipasdek ti proyekto a para iti pagsayaatan ti ili ken iti probinsia.

Nangited ti Mensahe ni Mayor Josh Edward S. Cobangbang. Kimmablaaw ken nagyaman iti amin a naitaripnong. Dinakamatna ti pateg a proyekto  babaen iti partnership ti Asosasion, LGU, Gobierno Probinsial ken iti Department of Agriculture (DA) babaen iti Regional Project Coordination Office ti PRDP. 

Innayon ti Ama ti ili a babaen iti agtultuloy a kammayet ken partisipasion dagiti maseknan kadaytoy a  proyekto a mangipromot ti  industria ti mangga iti lokalidad ket agtultuloy met iti progreso a sagrapen daytoy a sektor iti ili ken iti probinsia.

Nangipaay met ti Mensahena ni Former Mayor Edgardo “Ediboy” S. Cobangbang, Jr. Kimmablaaw ken nagyaman iti amin a timmabuno iti inagorasion. Binigbigna ti sirib ken  laing ti Opisiales ti  Asosasion iti Cabugao Mango Farmers Multi-purpose Association a nakairamanan metten ti ili iti pannakabenepisiar kadaytoy a proyekto nga impaay ti Wold Bank. Innayonna a nupay timmarabay ti LGU ket dagiti kangrunaan a nagited iti papeles ken pannakaiproseso ti kasapulan ket ammoda iti inar-aramidda ken matakderanda iti pannakabiangda a trabahuen tapno agballigi daytoy a proyekto. Dinakamat pay ti Pasado Mayor iti napalalo a panangapresiar dagiti umili iti proyekto ket bigbigenda unay a dagitoy ti supapak iti panangisakitda kadagiti pagsayaatan a maited para iti pagimbagan ti kaaduan.

Simmaganad ti panagsarita ni Ms. Sharon A. Viloria, I-SUPPORT Component Head. Kimmablaaw ken nagyaman ket bininsana ti pakasaritaan ken pakabuklan dagiti proyekto a naiteden iti Asosasion. 

Simmaganad ti Turnover ti Mango Packaging Center babaen iti Provincial Government nga ibagian ni Atty Ronnie R. Rapanut ken ti PRDP Regional Staff agraman dagiti Opisiales ti RPCO 1-PRDP iti Asosasion nga inimatangan dagiti Opisiales ti Ili nga idauluan ni Mayor Josh Edward S. Cobangbang.
Nangipaay ti Acceptance Speech ni Mrs. Faith Sabio, CMFMPA President.

Nangipaay met ti Mensahena ni DA Regional Technical Director Erlinda F. Manipon a nangibagi ken ni DA  Region 1 Executive Director Lucresio R. Alviar, CESO III. 

Inawat  ni Mayor Josh Edward S. Cobangbang ti Plake ti Pammigbig iti LGU-Cabugao iti nasayud a pannakairingpas ti pisikal ken pinansial a pakabuklan ti proyekto.

Naudi a nag-Mensahe ni  Provincial Agriculturist Mr. Constante B. Botacion ket kunana a nakapatpateg daytoy a nabangon a proyekto ta adu ti mabenepisiaran. 

Nakipaset dagiti Kapitanes ti barangay ti ili; dagiti kameng ti Konseho Munisipal nga isuda SBM Danny Q. Gazmen;  SBM Vicky S. Serna; SBM Dr. Jemaima S. Tan-Yee; SBM Josefina S. Vallejo; SBM Atty. Randy Baniaga G. Kinaud; SBM Jayhan Alcid-Tan; SBM Dodjie Santella;  ABC President Thaddeus U. Soller; MPDC/Budget Officer Florante S. Jara ken  dagiti Department Heads ti LGU-Cabugao ken iti DA-LGU Staff nga idauluan ni Municipal Agriculturist Roberts S. Savella. 
Nakikaysa met ni OPAG Provincial  Corn Coordinator Oscar Tobia. # (Web In-Action)


Dagiti benepisio a maipaay kadagiti amin a Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) iti akin-amianan a paset ti Luzon ti natratar kabayatan ti panagtataripnong dagiti dadaulo ti grupo itay nabiit.

Napasamak ti taripnong idiay Tuguegarao City, Cagayan nga inatendaran dagiti presidente ti BHWs iti amin a Local Government Units (LGUs) iti amianan a paset ti Luzon.

Segun ken ni Mildred Fernando, agdama a presidente ti BHWs iti Dingras, Ilocos Norte, nakiddaw manen ti pannangipaay koma ti gobierno ti benepisio dagiti agretiro a BHWs ken pannakaited ti regular nga “honorarium” ti BHWs iti intero a pagilian.

Kinunana nga immunan a nakiddaw iti gobierno idi 2014 a maikkan koma ti benepisio dagiti agretiro a BHWs ngem agingga ita awan pay paglawaganna.

Inlawlawagna a numan pay boluntario ti panagserbi dagiti BHWs, adu ti obligasion ken annungenda iti uneg ti barangay kangrunaanna kadagiti lumugar a makasapul ti serbisioda.

Kabayatanna, impasigurado dagiti dadaulo-nasional ti BHWs nga aramidenda amin a kabaelanda tapno maipadanun ti kalikagumda iti Gobierno ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ken tapno maiyimplementar a dagus daytoy. # Source -  (FG-PIA-R01)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Cabugao, Ilocos Sur – Maang-angay ti Boat Registry System ken Fisherfolk Registration ditoy nga ili babaen kadagiti  pannakabagi ti Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) kadagiti agtagikua ken crew dagiti fishing vessels ditoy ili a Cabugao, Ilocos Sur ken kasta metten kadagiti mangngalap a kameng ti Pederasion.

Tartarabayen ida ni Mr. Nereo S. Daproza, Municipal Fisheries Coordinator kabayatan iti kaadda dagiti BFAR Personnel iti Munisipio ken kasta metten iti  pannakaisubmiter dagiti kasapulan a papeles dagiti boat owners ken dagiti  crew members ken dagiti pormas a pirmaan dagiti mangngalap.

Sakbayna, inlunsad ti BFAR-Ilocos Sur ti Boat Registry System (BoatR) tapno maestablisar iti Simplified and Standardized National Registration dagiti mangngalap, fishing gears ken dagiti fishing vessels.

Tapno maaramid daytoy, naikkan ti tunggal LGU iti gundaway a mangirehistro kadagiti masakupanda a mangngalap ken dagiti pagkalap tapno maaramid iti information online iti fisheries sector.

The BoatR ket agpaay a pagibasaran iti National Programs ti Aquaculture. Panggepna pay a lappedan iti llegal, unreported ken  unregulated fishing.  Sagudayen ti Republic Act 8550 or Fisheries Code of the Philippines, madusa ti asinoman nga agkalap nga agusar iti eksplosibo, panagkoriente ken panagsabidong wenno panagtuba ti ikan.

Iti biang ti indibidual a rehistrasion ti mangngalap, kasapulan a mairehistro dagiti husto nga agkalkalap tapno mairamanda kadagiti benepisio ken programa nga itden ti Ahensia ti BFAR ken ti LGU. 

Dagitoy nga aksion ken inisiatiba ket paset iti panangpatibker ti Munisipio kadaytoy a Sektor tapno maikkan iti naan-anay a pannakaasikaso iti pakaseknan ken kasapulanda.  # (Web In-Action)