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Published by DILG-7 Public Information Unit, 2021-05-05 21:02:43

PAKASARiTAAN | Q1 2021

The official newsletter of DILG Cebu City.



DILG Cebu City moves The Department of the Interior and Local
to a new home Government (DILG) Cebu City officially
transferred to its new office at the
second floor of Bayanihan Multipurpose
Building, D. Jakosalem St, adjacent to
the Cebu City Hall effective March 1.

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1st digital newsletter 6 DILG Cebu City champions COVID-19
launched vaccination

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QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE IS BOUNDLESS MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN

What’s DILG VISION AND MISSION

PAKASARiTAAN Vision
and Why
A strongly determined and highly
“Pakasaritaan” is an Ilokano word for history, chronicle. trusted Department committed
to capacitate and nurture local
It comes from the root word “sarita” which means a government units, public order
tale, story, narration. and safety institutions to sustain
peaceful, progressive, and resilient
This newsletter is a history itself, being the first ever communities where people live
online publication of DILG Cebu City. happily.

The head of DILG Cebu City, Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Mission
Lucero, both an Ilokano and Cebuano by heart, decided
to come up with this digital publication to share the The Department shall promote
Department’s programs and accomplishments. peace and order, ensure public
safety, strengthen capability of
True to its name, PAKASARiTAAN DILG Cebu City local government units through
Publication indeed serves as a means of preserving active people participation and
a history, a chronicle that can be passed from one a professionalized corps of civil
generation to the next, to look back and learn from. servants.

STATEMENT OF DILG CEBU CITY OIC EDITORIAL BOARD

Hello readers, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher:

Welcome to the third issue of the first ever Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero, J.D.
online newsletter of DILG Cebu City!
DILG Cebu City Officer-in-Charge
We are very excited to present to you our
major accomplishments, initiatives, and best Writers/Photographers:
practices during the first quarter of 2021.
LGOO VI Maria Lourdes D. Boone
Let us celebrate another LGOO VI Socorro Dorina Ll. Salas
milestone of DILG Cebu City. LGOO V Marven M. Ecarma
LGOO III Emmanuel S. Pedralba
As always, thank you for LGOO II Cresencio A. Aseniero
your unceasing support. LGOO II Jedaia B. Balugo
LGOO II Adel Dominique P. Gujilde

Cheers, Editor/Writer:

2 • QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE IS BOUNDLESS DMO III Grace Melanie I. Lacamiento

Photographer:

IO II Jean Marvette A. Demecillo

Layout Artist:

IO I Kent D. Divinagracia

Support Staff:

AA IV Inocentes A. Cabo, Jr.
JO Junydy D. Rodela

DILG Cebu City moves to a new home

Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

Its former office was located
at the second floor of Ramos
Public Market.

The relocation was aimed to
improve the accessibility to
DILG Cebu City and Cebu City
Government since they are now
more proximate to each other,
thus making it more convenient
and easier for the barangays and
other clients who wish to avail of
the services of the two offices.

The transfer was also intended
to increase the employee
efficiency with better office
space.

DILG Cebu City Officer-in-Charge
Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero said the
relocation was made possible
by the constant support of
the administration of Mayor
Edgardo Labella.

“No words can express how
thankful I am to Mayor Labella
for this milestone. Rest assured,
we will pay it forward through
our continued commitment
to quality public service,” said
Lucero.

He likewise extended gratitude
to DILG-7 Director Leocadio
Trovela for his willing assistance.

The blessing and ribbon-cutting
ceremonies took place on March
16, which were graced by Trovela
and Atty. Mary Rose Lubino,
chief of staff of the Office of the
Mayor, representing Labella.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 3

1st digital newsletter launched

Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

This prompted the Department of the Interior and Its second issue, which featured the projects,
Local Government (DILG) Cebu City to maximize programs and activities of DILG Cebu City for the
the easy and inexpensive access to social media fourth quarter of 2020, was published on January
in effectively disseminating information, thus 12, 2021.
launching its first ever online quarterly newsletter
named PAKASARiTAAN. PAKASARiTAAN also contains stories from the
ground showcasing the initiatives of the Cebu City
“Pakasaritaan” is an Ilokano word for history, barangays, photo pages showing DILG Cebu City
chronicle. It comes from the root word “sarita” in action, and a legal corner for jurisprudence on
which means a tale, story, narration. local governance.

DILG Cebu City head Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero, The succeeding issues in 2021 likewise feature
both an Ilokano and Cebuano by heart, decided the milestones of the Cebu City Management
to come up with the flip digital publication to Coordinating Committee and Sangguniang
take advantage of social media as an innovative Kabataan, among others.
vehicle of sharing the Department’s efforts and
accomplishments. DILG-7 Director Leocadio Trovela meanwhile
commended DILG Cebu City for creating its
Its maiden issue, which was released on its official own online publication, which he described as a
Facebook page on October 26, 2020, highlighted remarkable innovation in this time of crisis, and
stories on good local governance and tales of encouraged other sub-regional offices to follow
triumph by DILG Cebu City, Cebu City Government, suit.
and barangays in responding to pandemic.

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DILG Cebu City jumpstarts IEC efforts

LGOO VI Maria Lourdes D. Boone

Following the successful launch of its first Lacamiento discussed the basics on news writing,
digital publication, the Department of the copy editing, and headline writing and reminded the
Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cebu City participants to keep their stories short and simple.
strengthened its efforts on Information, Education
and Communication through a continuing capacity On the other hand, Demecillo talked about
building development. photojournalism and taught them how to take and
select photos worthy to be posted and published.
DILG Cebu City Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth
Lucero initiated the conduct of a two-day journalism Divinagracia meanwhile gave a beginner’s guide to
training workshop on January 13 to 14. graphic design and demonstrated how to lay out a
newsletter using the Canva platform.
Invited as resource persons were DILG-7 personnel
namely Development Management Officer III Grace Lucero expressed hopes that DILG Cebu City would
Melanie Lacamiento of the Local Government be more equipped in producing content for the
Monitoring and Evaluation Division, and Information succeeding issues of its online publication.
Officer II Jean Marvette Demecillo and Information
Officer I Kent Divinagracia of the Regional The activity culminated with the critiquing of outputs
Information Unit. submitted by the DILG Cebu City personnel about
the writeshop and office transfer.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 5

DILG Cebu City champions COVID-19

vaccination LGOO II Jedaia B. Balugo

The Department of the Interior and
Local Government (DILG) Cebu City
headed by Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero
actively supported and worked closely with
the concerned agencies and stakeholders
in the successful implementation of the
national vaccination program as part of the
government’s efforts to defeat COVID-19.

CREATION OF VOC, VACCINE PLAN

On February 12, DILG Cebu City participated
in the coordination meeting with the Cebu City
Government to finalize the city’s COVID-19
vaccination plan and discuss the creation
of Vaccine Operations Center (VOC) and its
clusters, budget allocation for the operation of
VOC and purchase of vaccines, and designation
of its personnel.

The vaccination plan included the masterlist of VOC PERSONNEL AUGMENTED
priority eligible vaccine population and existing
human resources needed in the vaccination DILG Cebu City initiated to deploy its contact tracers to
program and identification of possible vaccine augment the personnel of the local and regional VOCs.
centers and available cold chain storages,
among others. Undersecretary for Mindanao Affairs and Special
Concerns Marjorie Jalosjos, in her message during the
DILG Cebu City likewise joined the series of ceremonial vaccination at the Vicente Sotto Memorial
micro-planning activities with Inter-Agency Task
Force-Visayas Chief Implementer Ret. MGen
Melquiades Feliciano at the COVID-19 Vaccine
Command Center at Oakridge Business Park to
discuss the vaccination plan and strategize for
the vaccination rollout.

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Medical Center in Cebu on March 4, urged other
local government units to replicate such laudable
initiative.

Meanwhile, DILG Cebu City also extended
assistance in the orientation and training of the
VOC personnel on the profiling and registration of
the eligible vaccines.

SIMULATION EXERCISE

Lucero served as one of the observers during
the vaccination simulation exercise led by Cebu
City Mayor Edgardo Labella at the Lourdes Youth
Center in Barangay Punta Princesa on March 19.
They were joined by Vice Mayor Michael Rama and
other officials.

The exercise was initiated to prepare for the
actual vaccine rollout and make the necessary
adjustments based on their observation.

During the post-simulation debriefing, the local
VOC came up with a plan to find a more suitable
site for the vaccination rollout considering the
humidity of the location, among other factors.

VACCINE ROLLOUT

Cebu City was identified as one of the priority areas
in the country for the rollout of vaccines.

The city government has established two
vaccination sites at the Robinsons Galleria for the
south district and University of Cebu Senior High
Building for the north district.

Barangay health workers, contact tracers from
barangay isolation centers and other medical
frontliners received the first dose of vaccines.

As of March 23, there were 672 frontliners in
Cebu City who were inoculated with AstraZeneca
COVID-19 vaccine.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 7

JUAN SEBASTIAN ELCANO ARRIVAL

DILG Cebu City joins historic moment

Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG) Cebu City Officer-
in-Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero took
part in the historical arrival of the Spanish navy
training ship Juan Sebastian Elcano in Cebu on
March 20.

DILG-7 Director Leocadio Trovela, Cebu City
Mayor Edgardo Labella, Vice Mayor Michael
Rama, and other officials graced the event
which was spearheaded by the Office of the
Mayor, Cebu City Tourism Commission and
Cultural and Historical Affairs Office.

The goodwill port call of the ship was one of the
activities in celebration of the quincentennial
commemoration in the Philippines.

Elcano, whom the ship was named after, Rama exchanged gifts with the Embassy of
completed the first circumnavigation of the Spain in Manila represented by Deputy Head of
earth following the death of Portuguese explorer Mission Amaya Fuentes Milani.
Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines.

The Cebu City Government led by Labella and

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Contact tracers deployed to DILG NCR

LGOO III Emmanuel S. Pedralba

Due to the spike of confirmed On March 26, they underwent orientation
COVID-19 cases in the National with DILG-NCR to be familiarized with
Capital Region (NCR), nine contact the reporting system and protocols in
tracers of the Department of the Interior the concerned LGUs, among others.
and Local Government (DILG) Cebu City
were virtually deployed to assist in the To sustain the government’s contact
contact tracing efforts in the region. tracing efforts, 177 contact tracers were
rehired by DILG in Cebu City for at least
Their virtual deployment spans from six months starting on February 8.
March 22 until April 30.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 9

Compliance with road clearing

directive validated

LGOO II Cresencio A. Aseniero

The compliance of Cebu City with the The validation team of Cebu City was
road clearing directive of President headed by DILG Cebu City Officer-in-
Rodrigo Duterte was validated by Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero, with
Mandaue City on March 2. PLtCol Wilbert Parilla of Cebu City Police
Office, F/Insp Erano Fernandez of BFP, and
Meanwhile, the Cebu City validation team Mark Allan Palanca of DILAAB Foundation
assessed and evaluated the compliance as members.
of Mandaue City on February 23.
Prior to the validation, Lucero met with
To ensure the impartiality of the validation Atty. Mary Rose Lubino, chief of staff
of Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella;
process, validation teams composed of Atty. John Jigo Dacua, head of the
city’s Department of Public Services;
a representative from the Department

of the Interior and Local Government

(DILG), Philippine

National Police, Bureau

of Fire Protection

(BFP), and civil society

organization were

created and cross-

posted, which means

they must not be

assigned in their original

local government unit

(LGU) of assignment or

residence.

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Raquel Arce, head of Prevention,
Restoration, Order, Beautification,
and Enhancement (PROBE) team;
and Lyntoni Sable, officer-in-charge
of Cebu City Transportation Office.

The Mandaue City validation team,
on the other hand, was composed of
DILG Mandaue City Officer-in-Charge
Johnjoan Mende, PMaj Winston
Peñaranda, Jr. of Mandaue City
Police Office, FO1 Riel Denura of BFP,
and Jiecel Lou Sacay of World Vision
Development Foundation. They were
assisted by Lucero, Arce, and Sable.

After the validation, both teams met
with the concerned LGUs to share
their feedback.

It will be the Ad Hoc Committee on
Road Clearing Compliance that will
determine if the LGU has passed or
failed.

To recall, the conduct of road clearing The validation period for all
operations was suspended on provinces, cities, and municipalities
March 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 was scheduled from February 16 to
pandemic and resumed on November March 2.
16 in view of the flattened COVID-19
curve and improved quarantine
classifications.

LGUs were given until February 15,
2021 to comply with the directive.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 11

Vaccination pro-
moted in Barangay
Assembly Days

LGOO III Emmanuel S. Pedralba

All Barangay Assembly Days in the 80
barangays of Cebu City served as avenue
to increase public confidence in the
national COVID-19 vaccination program
and motivate them to get vaccinated.

To recall, Department of the Interior
and Local Government (DILG) urged
all barangays, DILG officers, and local
vaccination operations centers to
strengthen the information drive on
vaccination.

Undersecretary for Mindanao Affairs
and Special Concerns Marjorie Jalosjos,
in her message during the ceremonial
vaccination at the Vicente Sotto Memorial
Medical Center in Cebu on March 4,
said the Barangay Assembly Day is a
proper venue to inform and motivate the
barangay constituents to get vaccinated.

Pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular
No. 2021-025, all barangays are allowed
to conduct their Barangay Assembly Day
for the first semester of 2021 on any of
the Saturdays or Sundays of March, with
the theme “BarangaYYan: Barangay at
Mamamayan, Sama-Sama at Mag-kaisa
Upang Labanan ang Pandemya Tungo
sa Isang Ligtas, Maayos at Maunlad na
Pamayanan.”

Barangay Banilad, hailed as the showcase
barangay in Central Visayas, was the first
barangay to be visited by the Cebu City
Vaccine Operations Center led by City
Health Department Officer-in-Charge
Dr. Jeffrey Ibones and doctors from the
Cebu Medical Society.

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An audio-visual presentation on the national
vaccination program was played before the
assembly members to increase awareness
on the benefits of getting vaccinated.

Ibones and other doctors also entertained
questions from the residents and addressed
their issues and concerns.

DILG Cebu City Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ian
Kenneth Lucero stressed the importance
of providing the right information to the
residents to counter the disinformation
and misinformation about the COVID-19
vaccination.

“Hinaut unta na kamo mahimo na multiplier og
instrumento na maka-explain ug motivate sa
inyong tagsa-tagsa nga pamilya ug silingan.
Atong ihatag nila ang saktong impormasyon
bahin aning bakuna,” Lucero said.

Lucero mobilized all DILG Cebu City personnel
to ensure compliance of all 80 barangays with
the conduct of the Barangay Assembly Day
and deliver the message of DILG Secretary
Eduardo Año extending gratitude to the
barangays and their constituents for the
continued support to the programs of the
Department.

Due to the restrictions brought about by the
pandemic, some barangays took advantage
of social media and streamed their Barangay
Assembly Day live on Facebook to reach
out to more audience and make it more
participative.

Barangay Assembly through public gatherings
may be allowed in barangays under the
Modified and General Community Quarantine.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 13

5 barangays in Cebu City vie for LTIA

LGOO II Adel Dominique P. Gujilde

Five barangays competed to represent Cebu
City in this year’s Lupong Tagapamayapa
Incentive Awards (LTIA) in the regional
level and hopefully make it to the national level.

The finalists were Barangays Sirao, Budlaan,
Buhisan, Sto. Niño, and Guadalupe.

The winner would serve as the official entry of
Cebu City to the regional awards.

On March 9 to 11, the members of the Cebu City
LTIA committee conducted an onsite validation
to assess and evaluate the efficiency and
effectiveness of dispute resolution systems
and strategies of the Lupong Tagapamayapa
from the barangay nominees.

The LTIA committee is chaired by Department
of the Interior and Local Government Cebu City
Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero,
with Melva Matela Cadapan of the Office of the
Cebu City Prosecutor as vice-chair and Atty.
Kristine Batucan of Cebu City Legal Office,
Jessa Celocia of Liga ng mga Barangay Cebu
Chapter, PMaj Elisando Quijano of Cebu City
Police Office, Mark Allan Palanca of Dilaab
Foundation, Inc., Bennie Lou Alo-Layao of
Regional Trial Court Cebu City Branch 15,
Atty. Mark Anthony Gaviola of Young Lawyers
Association of Cebu, and Atty. Rosendo Emilio
Hernaez III of Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Cebu City Chapter as members.

LTIA aims to recognize deserving Lupong
Tagapamayapa with exemplary performance
in settling disputes within their respective
communities.

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BIDA ANG MAY DISIPLINA: SOLUSYON SA COVID-19

Lucero promotes discipline, vaccination

LGOO II Adel Dominique P. Gujilde

Department of the interior and Local in beating COVID-19 and securing the
Government (DILG) Cebu City safety of families and the nation.
Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth
Lucero emphasized the importance of He stressed that the best defense in
the “Bida Ang May Disiplina: Solusyon this time of pandemic is discipline,
sa COVID-19” program during a training which may be exercised in following
attended by local government and the minimum health protocols such as
Sanggunang Kabataan officials. wearing of face masks, wearing of face
shield, proper washing of hands, and
“Bida Ang May Disiplina: Solusyon sa observing social distancing, among
COVID-19” program is a consolidated others.
campaign of the Department of Health’s
BIDA Solusyon and DILG’s Disiplina Lucero also encouraged the officials
Muna refocused towards defeating the to serve as instruments in relaying
pandemic. correct information about the national
vaccination program and motivating
Lucero, who was invited as a resource their constituents to get vaccinated.
speaker during the “Resilient Leadership:
World vs. COVID” seminar on March “Life is so short, please do not make it
27, highlighted the significance of shorter,” he added.
self-discipline and behaviour change

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 15

DILG
CEBU CITY
IN
ACTION

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MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 17

New SK execs undergo SKMT

LGOO II Jedaia B. Balugo

Eleven newly appointed Sangguniang
Kabataan (SK) secretaries and treasurers
of Cebu City underwent the SK mandatory
training at the new office of the Department
of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Cebu City on February 26 and March 2 and 3.

LGOO III Emmanuel Pedralba and LGOO II
Jedaia Balugo served as the speakers during
the training.

Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero, officer-in-charge of
DILG Cebu City, reminded the youth leaders
that public office is a public trust.

“Once you took your oath and assumed public
office, you are now considered as public
property,” he said.

“This signifies that you, SK officials, have
been entrusted with authority and power by
the youth, that you hold those authority and
power in trust to be used only for the welfare
of the Katipunan ng Kabataan and never for
the benefit of yourselves,” he added.

Republic Act 10742 or SK Reform Act of 2015
provides that no SK official shall assume office
if they have not completed the mandatory
training.

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DILG Cebu City showcases best practices

Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

The Department of
the Interior and Local
Government (DILG)
Cebu City, led by Atty. Ian
Kenneth Lucero, showcased
its best practices in 2020
amidst the pandemic
during the DILG-7 Executive
Committee meeting on
March 8.

DILG-7 Director Leocadio DILG Cebu City likewise strengthened its presence
Trovela presided over the on social media by posting and sharing daily updates
virtual meeting which was on its official Facebook page.
attended by Assistant
Regional Director Maria It will soon launch a Facebook live program providing
Loisella Lucino, division guidance on legal issues affecting local governance.
chiefs and assistant division chiefs, section chiefs,
unit heads, provincial and city directors, and sub- Other DILG sub-regional offices also presented their
regional office program managers and planning best practices during the ExeCom meeting.
officers.

Among the best practices of DILG Cebu City were
its active participation in the regular huddles of the
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of Cebu City,
service of 13 show cause orders to 12 barangays,
assistance in the imposition of granular lockdown,
assistance to walk-in clients of Regional EOC, and
spearheading and close coordination with concerned
offices on the swabbing of DILG regional/provincial/
HUC employees and isolation of those who tested
positive.

These also included the distribution of relief goods
to homeless families in Barangays San Roque and
San Nicolas Proper which was featured by the DILG
Central Office; distribution of donations of PPEs,
face shields, face masks, alcohol, and disinfectants
to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology,
Philippine National Police, and DILG-7; donation
of blood of DILG Cebu City contact tracers; and
voluntary drug test of DILG Cebu City employees.

DILG Cebu City likewise initiated and supported
capacity development activities and shared to other
regions the good practices of the city’s COVID-19
response.

Lucero also highlighted their initiative of launching
their first ever online flip publication named
PAKASARiTAAN.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 19

Labella to CCPOC: Do not be complacent

LGOO II Jedaia B. Balugo

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella
reminded the members of the
Cebu City Peace and Order Council
(CCPOC) not to be complacent in their
efforts to maintain the peace and order
in the city.
“Peace and order is an essential element
in the growth and progress of an LGU. It
is always better to be preventive in our
efforts because an ounce of prevention
is better than a pound of cure,” said
Labella, who chairs the Council.
During their first CCPOC quarterly
meeting for 2021, the concerned
agencies delivered situation reports on
peace and order, illegal drugs, terrorism,
and insurgency.
The Council likewise deliberated and
approved a resolution authorizing the
release of confidential funds of Cebu City
and a resolution enjoining the barangays
of Cebu City to declare their support by
denouncing Communist-Terrorist Group
(CTG) and declare them as persona non
grata.

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Lucero speaks before BARMM

lawmakers Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero, officer- Bridges Amidst the Global Pandemic”
in-charge of the Department from March 30 to April 1 at Limketkai
of the Interior and Local Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.
Government Cebu City, discussed the
“Language of Local Legislation” before The activity was aimed to build and
the Provincial Board Members League develop the skills and knowledge of
of the Philippines – Bangsamoro lawmakers from Basilan, Lanao Del
Autonomous Region in Muslim Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi
Mindanao (BARMM). on the dynamics of legislation and
good governance.
He was invited as the resource person
during their Regional Meeting, Training
and Workshop with the theme “Building

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 21

BLGF-7 invites Lucero Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

Department of the Interior and Local tracking of issuance of permits amid the
Government (DILG) Cebu City Officer-in- quarantine restrictions; observance of zero-
Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero graced contact policy even before the COVID-19
the Kapehan Episode 13 of the Bureau of pandemic; citizen’s charter; and mechanisms
Local Government Finance (BLGF) - 7 as guest in resolving complaints relative to ease of
panelist on the topic “Delegated Police Power doing business.
to Regulate License/Permit” on February 8.
The Kapehan episode, which was streamed
Lucero was joined by BLGF-7 Director Jessie live on the official Facebook page of BLGF-
Doctolero, Atty. Wilbert Tañeca, and June Ann 7, was attended by BLGF officials and
Abella. representatives from the municipal/city
assessor’s and treasurer’s offices in the
The topics discussed by Lucero included the country.
issuance of licenses/business permits by
local government units as a valid exercise
of delegated police power; streamlined
procedures for the issuance of local business
licenses, clearances, permits, certifications
or authorizations pursuant to Republic Act
11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and
Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of
2018; and issuance of conditional permit.

He also talked about the issuance of Fire
Safety Inspection Certificate by the Bureau
of Fire Protection and the negative list; fast-

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Lucero discusses LYDP Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero, officer-in-
charge of the Department of the
Interior and Local Government
Cebu City, stressed the importance
of the Local Youth Development Plan
(LYDP) during the Annual Planning and
Special Session of the Sangguniang
Kabataan (SK) officials of Cebu City
at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and
Casino on February 25.

He also gave a brief discussion on
the formulation of the Philippine
Youth Development Plan, Annual
Youth Development Action Plan,
Comprehensive Barangay Youth
Development Plan, Annual Barangay
Youth Investment Program, and SK
Annual Budget.

“You cannot proceed with your programs
without knowing the issues and concerns
of the youth,” said Lucero.

“The COVID-19 pandemic should not
stop you from performing your public
functions,” he reminded the SK officials.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 23

Barangay secretaries gathered

LGOO II Adel Dominique P. Gujilde

The Department of the Interior
and Local Government
(DILG) Cebu City convened
the barangay secretaries to
keep abreast of the updates and
ensure compliance with this year’s
deliverables.
Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth
Lucero presided over the virtual
meeting with the secretaries of the
80 barangays on March 24.
The DILG technical officers
discussed the updates on the 2021
audits, assessments, and report
requirements of the barangay-
based institutions.
Lucero, in his closing remarks,
appealed to the barangay
secretaries to support the
vaccination program and motivate
their constituents to get vaccinated.

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CSOP system adopted LGOO II Adel Dominique P. Gujilde

Department of the Interior and DILG Cebu City
Local Government Cebu City joins CCDC meeting
Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ian
Kenneth Lucero served as one of the LGOO VI Maria Lourdes D. Boone
witnesses during the signing of the
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) The Department of the Interior
on the adoption of Community and and Local Government
Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP) Cebu City participated in the
System at the Cebu City Police Office Cebu City Development Council
(CCPO) on February 8. Steering Committee meeting on the
Comprehensive Development Plan for
The MOA adopted the CSOP system 2021-2026 on March 19.
that aims to bolster coordination and
cooperation among the citizenry, LGOO VI Maria Lourdes Boone extended
local executives, and integrated assistance in drafting the plan.
law enforcement and public safety
agencies in the maintenance of peace Civil society organizations were also
and order in the locality. present to give their comments and
inputs to further improve the plan.
Also present during the MOA signing,
which took place during the 30th
Philippine National Police founding
anniversary celebration, were Police
Regional Office-7 Deputy Regional
Director for Administration PBGen
Mafelino Bazar, CCPO Director PCol
Josefino Ligan, National Police
Commission-Cebu City Director Atty.
Lecel Llamedo, and Cebu City Advisory
Council Chairman Alfredo Tan.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 25

Lucero talks on SK’s financial independence

LGOO II Adel Dominique P. Gujilde

Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero,
officer-in-charge of the
Department of the Interior
and Local Government Cebu
City, discussed the Sangguniang
Kabataan (SK) financial
independence under Republic
Act No. 10742 or SK Reform Act
of 2015 during the first quarterly
general assembly of the Liga ng
mga Barangay (LnB) - Cebu City
Chapter on March 19.

Speaking before the punong
barangay headed by LnB-Cebu City
President Franklyn Ong, Lucero
also emphasized the role of the
sangguniang barangay in SK fund
management, disbursement and
utilization.

He likewise presented the Barangay
Peace and Order Committee and
Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council
audits and assessments for CY
2021 and updates on the conduct
of Barangay Assembly, among
others.

BCPC trained

LGOO VI Maria Lourdes D. Boone

Members of the Barangay LGOO VI Maria Lourdes Boone
Council for the of the Department of the Interior
Protection of Children and Local Government Cebu City
(BCPC) of Barangay Sambag provided technical assistance
2, Cebu City underwent training as the resource person and
on March 5 to prepare for their oriented the participants on
2021 annual work and financial their duties and functions.
plan.

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CBRP launched

LGOO V Marven M. Ecarma

The Community-Based Rehabi- they can recover and reconcile with
litation Programs (CBRP) of the society.
Barangays Quiot and Busay
in Cebu City were successfully LGOO II Cresencio Aseniero,
launched on March 5. meanwhile who spoke at the CBRP
launch in Busay, said the enrolees
CBRP provides for a holistic were fortunate since their barangay
intervention through the provision has a program that will help them
of community resources and cope and rehabilitate.
sustainability programs for those
recovering “low-risk and mild Cebu City Office for Substance
substance use” drug dependents Abuse Prevention Head Jonah John
and help them reintegrate in their Rodriguez and representatives
community. from the Cebu City Police Office
and other non-government
LGOO V Marven Ecarma of the organizations supporting the
Department of the Interior and Local program attended the launch.
Government Cebu City, who served
as the speaker in Barangay Quiot,
challenged the drug surrenderees
to take the program seriously so

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 27

BARANGAY STORY

BARANGAY ASSEMBLY

Banilad acclaimed as showcase

barangay in CV LGOO II Cresencio A. Aseniero

Barangay Banilad of Cebu City was
hailed as the showcase barangay
in Central Visayas in the conduct
of Barangay Assembly Day for the first
semester of 2021.

Issued in the context of existing
Inter-Agency Task Force guidelines,
Department of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG) Memorandum
Circular No. 2021-025 provides that all
barangays are allowed to conduct their
Barangay Assembly Day on any of the
Saturdays or Sundays of March 2021.

This semester carried the theme

“BarangaYYan: Barangay at

Mamamayan, Sama-Sama at

Mag-kaisa Upang Labanan ang

Pandemya Tungo sa Isang Ligtas,

Maayos at Maunlad na Pamayanan.”

Highlighting the Barangay Assembly
Days in Cebu City was the promotion of

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vaccination program with the objective
of motivating the constituents to get
vaccinated.

Banilad was the first barangay to
be visited by the Cebu City Vaccine
Operations Center led by City Health
Department Officer-in-Charge Dr.
Jeffrey Ibones and doctors from the
Cebu Medical Society to increase
awareness on the vaccination program.

Aside from presenting an audio-visual
presentation before the assembly
members, issues and concerns of
the residents on the vaccination
were addressed by Ibones and other
doctors.

DILG Cebu City Officer-in-Charge Atty.
Ian Kenneth Lucero, who delivered the
message of DILG Secretary Eduardo
Año, emphasized the importance of
providing the right information.

“Hinaut unta na kamo mahimo na
multiplier og instrumento na maka-
explain ug motivate sa inyong tagsa-
tagsa nga pamilya ug silingan. Atong
ihatag nila ang saktong impormasyon
bahin aning bakuna,” Lucero said.

The Barangay Assembly Day in Banilad
on March 14 was then replicated in all
other barangays in Cebu City, wherein
the vaccination program was promoted
to the residents.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 29

CCMCC FEATURE

Cebu City police awarded
by CCMCC

Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero

The Cebu City Management the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) on
Coordinating Committee (CCMCC), February 22.
chaired by the Department of the
Interior and Local Government (DILG) CCPO, under the leadership of PCOL
Cebu City, paid tribute to the city police Josefino Ligan, was given recognition
force for their exemplary performance for its invaluable contribution and
last year that significantly contributed remarkable achievements in the
to the maintenance of peace and order successful implementation of the peace
in the city. and order programs for CY 2020.

The awarding ceremony took place Certificates of commendation were
during the flag raising ceremony of also awarded to Mabolo Police Station
led by PMAJ Francis Renz Talosig, San
Nicolas Police Station by PMAJ Eduard
Sanchez and Pardo Police Station
by PMAJ Jose Angelo Acupinpin for
being the top three performing police
stations in the city for their outstanding
performance in the campaign against
illegal drugs.

CCMCC passed Resolution Nos. 01
and 02, series of 2021 on February 5
commending the said awardees.

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CCMCC FEATURE

DILG Cebu City Officer-in-Charge Atty. Ian Lucero reminded the police to keep their guard
Kenneth Lucero, who was invited as the guest up since the unseen but deadly enemy is still
of honor, lauded the hard work and dedication very much around.
of the Cebu City police for remaining true to
their oath to serve and protect especially amid “Let us intensify further our fight not only against
the ongoing pandemic. COVID-19 but also in our war against illegal
drugs, insurgency, terrorism, and all forms of
“You have our snappiest salute and gratitude for criminalities. Let us brace for more challenges
being our modern heroes along with our other ahead as we run the race towards sustainable
frontliners in this battle. Know that your efforts peace, order and development,” he stated.
do not go unnoticed and soon we will rise above
this adversity,” he said.

CMCC convenes LGOO II Adel Dominique P. Gujilde

The Cebu City Management Coordinating Agenda included the accomplishments of
Committee (CCMCC), chaired by CCMCC during the fourth quarter of 2020 and
Department of the Interior and Local programs, projects and activities for the first
Government (DILG) Cebu City Officer-in- quarter of 2021.
Charge Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero, held its first
quarterly meeting for 2021 on February 5. The committee also discussed the road
clearing validation scheduled on February 16
Present were officials from the National Police to March 2 pursuant to DILG Memorandum
Commission, Cebu City Police Office, Bureau Circular No. 2020-145.
of Jail Management and Penology Male and
Female Dormitories, and Cebu City Fire Office.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 31

SK STORY

SUGOD NEGOSYO

SK Talamban promotes
entrepreneurship Contributed by SKTalamban

The unprecedented outbreak of
the COVID-19 pandemic has
severely affected businesses and
industries across the country.
Due to the community quarantine
measures imposed, some of the
businesses were forced to shut down,
causing many to lose their jobs.
While the unemployment rate spiked up,
many had to find alternative means to
survive.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of
Barangay Talamban, Cebu City turned
this obstacle to an opportunity to
encourage the youth to engage in
entrepreneurial ventures amid the crisis.

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SK STORY

Led by the Committee on Economic
Empowerment, SK Talamban initiated
the “Sugod Negosyo” project that
provides business grants to help
aspiring young startups and struggling
small business owners.

To avail of the grant, the interested
youth must fill out an application form
and submit a micro-business proposal
to SK Talamban via email.

The applicant may be an individual,
partners or groups, provided they are
15 to 30 years old and either voters or
residents of Barangay Talamban.

The business proposal should contain
a business summary, market analysis,
and organization and management.

The SK Talamban officers will then
assess the applications to determine
who are qualified.

A board of judges composed of
established and thriving entrepreneurs
will evaluate the business proposal
of the qualified applicant according
to its sustainability, feasibility and
profitability, among others.

The value of the grant, which will
be given in kind, will depend on the
needed resources as disclosed by the
applicant.

The composition of the board of
judges and criteria for evaluation are
yet to be announced by SK Talamban.

As of March 31, the implementation
of Sugod Negosyo is still at the initial
stage wherein all the application
forms are collated for qualification
assessment.

MATINO, MAHUSAY, MAAASAHAN • 33

LEGAL CORNER by Atty. Ian Kenneth B. Lucero, J.D.

DILG Cebu City Officer-in-Charge

Section 284 of the LGC deviates from the plain language of Section 6
of Article X of the 1987 Constitution.

G.R. No. 199802 CONGRESSMAN HERMILANDO I. MANDANAS; et al. vs. EXECUTIVE
SECRETARY PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.; et al.

G.R. No. 208488 HONORABLE ENRIQUE T. GARCIA, JR. vs. HONORABLE [PAQUITO)
N. OCHOA, JR., Executive Secretary; et al.

July 3, 2018

FACTS: LGUs from deriving their just share from other national taxes, like
the customs duties.
The petitioners challenged the manner in which the just share in
the national taxes of the local government units (LGUs) has been It is clear from the foregoing clarification that the exclusion of other
computed. national taxes like customs duties from the base for determining
the just share of the LGUs contravened the express constitutional
Mandanas, et al. alleged in a special civil action for certiorari, edict in Section 6, Article X of the 1987 Constitution.
prohibition and mandamus that certain collections of National
Internal Revenue Taxes (NIRTs) by the Bureau of Customs Although it has the primary discretion to determine and fix the just
(BOC) - specifically: excise taxes, value added taxes (VATs) and share of the LGUs in the national taxes (e.g., Section 284 of the
documentary stamp taxes (DSTs) - have not been included in LGC), Congress cannot disobey the express mandate of Section
the base amounts for the computation of the Internal Revenue 6, Article X of the 1987 Constitution for the just share of the LGUs
Allotment (IRA); and that such taxes, albeit collected by the to be derived from the national taxes. The phrase as determined
BOC, should form part of the base from which the IRA should be by law in Section 6 follows and qualifies the phrase just share,
computed because they constituted NIRTs; among others. and cannot be construed as qualifying the succeeding phrase in
the national taxes. The intent of the people in respect of Section
Meanwhile, Congressman Enrique Garcia, Jr. sought the writ of 6 is really that the base for reckoning the just share of the LGUs
mandamus to compel the respondents to compute the just share should include all national taxes. To read Section 6 differently as
of the LGUs on the basis of all national taxes. requiring that the just share of LGUs in the national taxes shall be
determined by law is tantamount to the unauthorized revision of
ISSUE: the 1987 Constitution.

Whether or not the exclusion of certain national taxes from the 1. DECLARES the phrase “internal revenue” appearing in
base amount for the computation of the just share of the LGUs in Section 284 of Republic Act No. 7160 (Local Government Code)
the national taxes is constitutional. UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and DELETES the phrase from Section 284.

RULING: The phrase “internal revenue” is likewise hereby DELETED from
the related sections of Republic Act No. 7160 (Local Government
Section 284 of the LGC deviates from the plain language of Code), specifically Section 285, Section 287, and Section 290,
Section 6 of Article X of the 1987 Constitution. which provisions shall henceforth read as follows:

There is no issue as to what constitutes the LGUs’ just share 2. ORDERS the SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE;
expressed in percentages of the national taxes (i.e., 30%, 35% and the SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND
40% stipulated in subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c) of Section 284). MANAGEMENT; the COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE; the
Yet, Section 6, supra, mentions national taxes as the source of the COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS; and the NATIONAL TREASURER
just share of the LGUs while Section 284 ordains that the share of to include ALL COLLECTIONS OF NATIONAL TAXES in the
the LGUs be taken from national internal revenue taxes instead. computation of the base of the just share of the Local Government
Units according to the ratio provided in the now-modified Section
What the phrase national internal revenue taxes as used in Section 284 of Republic Act No. 7160 (Local Government Code) except
284 included are all the taxes enumerated in Section 21 of the those accruing to special purpose funds and special allotments for
National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC), as amended by R.A. No. the utilization and development of the national wealth.
8424, viz.:
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Section 21. Sources of Revenue. - The following taxes, fees and
charges are deemed to be national internal revenue taxes: 5. DISMISSES the claims of the Local Government Units for the
settlement by the National Government of arrears in the just
(a) Income tax; share on the ground that this decision shall have PROSPECTIVE
(b) Estate and donor’s taxes; APPLICATION; and
(c) Value-added tax;
(d) Other percentage taxes; 6. COMMANDS the AUTOMATIC RELEASE WITHOUT NEED OF
(e) Excise taxes; FURTHER ACTION of the just shares of the Local Government
(f) Documentary stamp taxes; and Units in the national taxes, through their respective provincial,
(g) Such other taxes as arc or hereafter may be imposed and city, municipal, or barangay treasurers, as the case may be, on a
collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. quarterly basis but not beyond five (5) days from the end of each
quarter, as directed in Section 6, Article X of the 1987 Constitution
In view of the foregoing enumeration of what are the national and Section 286 of Republic Act No. 7160 (Local Government
internal revenue taxes, Section 284 has effectively deprived the Code), and operationalized by Article 383 of the Implementing
Rules and Regulations of RA 7160.

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