Highlights Newsletter of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines

February 18 to April 22, 2015

ULAP, DOH Spearhead TASK FORCE “UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE”

The “Task Force Universal Health Care” Technical Working Group, spearheaded by the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) together with the Department of Health (DOH), conducted a preliminary strategic meeting and workshop last March 23 at the DILG, NAPOLCOM Building, Quezon City. The creation of Task Force UHC is a strategic response of ULAP and DOH to address health gaps in the achievement of universal health care and strengthening the local governments role in health care provision.  It is envisioned to be a platform for a more proactive communication between health agencies, primarily the DOH and the local governments and provide technical inputs for designing programs and push for health related policies. It also plans to get the active involvement of other national government agencies and non-government organizations to help improve the status of the local health care systems in the country. The Task Force is the result of the agreements between the DOH Secretary Janette Garin and the ULAP National Executive Board in their meeting in January 2015. The TWG workshop was participated by different healthfocused agencies and organizations which include the DOH – Bureau of Local Health Systems Development, DOH – Health Human Resource Development Bureau, DOH – Health Facilities Development Bureau, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, RH National Implementation Team, DILG – Bureau of Local Government Development, DILG – Bureau of Local Government Supervision, Department

of Budget and Management, National Anti-Poverty Commission, and Zuellig Family Foundation. During the workshop, the participating agencies were able to discuss areas of concerns on the implementation of local health care systems. There were also able to identify existing initiatives from each agencies and possible programs for collaborations for the Task Force. The workshop was also able to thresh our several policy issues which needed to be addressed and determine possible agenda, solutions and directions of universal health care in the country. The result of the workshop will be presented to DOH and ULAP National Executive Board for technical inputs and consultation. The results are also expected to inform the priorities and programme of activities of the Task Force. ULAP’s partnership with DOH in the Task Force is one of its commitments to expand its engagement in health agenda by continuously providing technical inputs and acting as an advocacy partner on universal health care systems of the local governments. Aside from the Task Force, ULAP also serves as convener of public health champions with its strategic role as Lead Convener of 162 to 52 Health Coalition - Accelerating Collective Action to achieve Maternal and Child Health and representation of the Local Government Units in the PhilHealth Board. ULAP is also recently involved as a member of the RH National Implementation Team and other campaigns of the government related to health.

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ULAP Launches the “Innovative Technologies Coalition for Open Government Partnership” The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines in partnership with Department of Budget ManagementOpen Data Philippines, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and TechnologyInformation Communication Technology, Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System, Microsoft Philippines, Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore (LKYSPP NUS), Ayala Foundation and Galing Pook Foundation launches the “Innovative Technologies Coalition for OGP in Local Governments” last February 27, 2015 at Ayala Office Tower, Makati City. The formal launch of the Innovative Technologies Coalition kicked off with a ceremonial signing that showcases the conveners’ commitment to unite their efforts to push for more transparent, accountable, effective and efficient local governance with the use of innovative technologies. The lead conveners of the said coalition are composed of ULAP as its Chair, together with agencies from the government (DBM, DILG, DOST-ICT, and PhilGeps), private sector (Microsoft and LKYSPP, NUS) and civil society organizations (Galing Pook and Ayala Foundation). On the same event, ULAP and its partners conducted the “Innovative Solutions to Open Government Partnership ver. 2.0” which was attended by over 150 participants coming from LGU from Regions 3, 4A, 4B, 5 and NCR. ISOGP ver. 2.0 is another follow through event to the two earlier successful fora organized in November and December 2014. This is also part of ULAP’s continuing commitment to frame innovations in local governments to align it with the international OGP practices and facilitate partnerships between the LGUs and possible partners who may provide programs and partnerships for Open Government. During the ISOGP ver 2.0 event, different project partners presented technology-based solutions to the LGUs based on two sets of categories namely (a) Web and mobile technologies and (b) Capacity-building and policy guidelines. Projects presented during the event include:

Newsletter of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines PROJECT PARTNERS

TECHNOLOGY-BASED SOLUTIONS

SET A: Web and Mobile Technologies DBM- Open Data Philippines

Open Data Format Capacity Building, Web and Mobile Application Development

DOST-ICT

TV White Space Connectivity; E-Gov Services

PLDT Alpha Enterprise

Office 365

Microsoft-Bizbox

Hospital Information System

Microsoft-Paperless Trail

Geographical Information System Document Management System

Microgenesis, Ave Point and Signal

Command and Control for Public Safety and Emergency Management System 311 Citizen Service Social Media Monitoring

Tudlo

Disaster Awareness and Management Application

Ayala Foundation

Text2Teach (education)

Access Health InternationalPhilippines

E-AKAP (health)

SET B: Capacity Building And Policy Guidelines PhilGeps

Government Procurement System

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Policy studies on technology and development

Civika Foundation

Open Governance Tech Innovation Voucher

The event also provided opportunity for the LGUs to have a hands-on experience on the solutions which they can feasibly utilize and implement in their respective offices. LGUs were also able to gain understanding on the technology-based innovations which can facilitate transparent and accountable governance as well as delivery of responsive, effective and efficient public services to their constituents. The formation of Innovative Technologies Coalition and conduct of relevant events such as ISOGP ver 2.0 are both part of ULAP’s strategic initiatives for convergence and establishing platforms for innovative technologies and solutions to the local government units to localize and achieve the Philippines’ Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments.

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ULAP, Ateneo conducted Capacity-Building in Evidence-Informed Policy Making in Nueva Vizcaya

The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) with its partner, Ateneo de Manila University Political Science Department conducted the first capacity building workshops on evidence-informed education policy making in the province of Nueva Vizcaya last March 1011. A total of 30 participants from the Provincial Government of Nueva Vizcaya and three other municipal governments – Bayombong, Villaverde and Aritao – attended the two-day workshop.  Governor Ruth Padilla, Mayor Ronelie Ubando-Valtoribio, Vice Mayor Kruwel Dacumos, some members of Sangguniang Bayan, and representatives from Local School Boards were present. The two-day workshop focused on the theories and practice of public policy-making and introduction to useful indicators for educationrelated policy making and how these can inform them on future policy decisions. This event is part of the capacity building project, “Capacity Development for EvidenceInformed Education Policy Making in Sub-national Government Level in the Philippines”, with a grant support from the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). Nueva Ecija and Samar are the two pilot sites of the said project. The conduct of the capacitybuilding workshop in Samar is scheduled to be conducted this coming May 6-8.

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ULAP’s Implementation of PinoyWISE ‘Scaling Up Initiatives’ in Full Swing The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines’ implementation of the Pinoy Worldwide Initiatives for Savings and Entrepreneurship (PinoyWISE) project “Scaling Up Initiatives in Mobilizing Migrant Resources towards Agriculture Development in the Philippines” in partnership with Atikha, Inc., has already been in full swing, jumpstarting with the conduct of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) orientations to the five provincial project sites from the months of February to April, 2015. As one of the major preliminary activities of the PinoyWISE project, the MSG orientations aims to develop local alliances and tap the potential role of the local stakeholders in implementing migration and development initiatives and eventually link these initiatives to agricultural development in each of the provinces. The series of the MSG orientations were conducted to the following project sites in partnership with the respective Provincial Governments: Tarlac (February 11), Oriental Mindoro (March 6), Ifugao (March 26), Laguna (April 11), Agusan del Sur (April 10). A number of MSG orientations will take further take place in May. The MSG orientations were actively participated in by the various stakeholders of each of the provinces primarily the different offices of the provincial governments, regional government line agencies such, private institutions such as local banks and cooperatives, and local civil society organizations such as church groups, federations and migrant organizations. Through the conduct of the orientations, the MSG groups were able identify existing programs of the provinces and develop viable options to integrate the M&D initiatives in their respective local development plans. Moreover, ULAP was also able to introduce a draft of migration and development governance roadmap which can be a tool for the multi-stakeholders in the provinces in mainstreaming M&D into local governance. The PinoyWISE project ultimately aims to link and mobilize migrant resources and remittances towards viable agriculture development and rural poverty reduction in targeted provinces of the Philippines. This project is implemented in partnership with Atikha Overseas Workers And Communities Initiative, Inc. with a grant support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The project will run for two years, with the implementation already in full swing up to December 2016.

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ULAP jumpstarts the campaign on Residential Free Patent Act 10023 The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) in partnership with The Asia Foundation (TAF) and Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), with grant support from the AustralianAID (DFAT), have completed the initial series of project briefings and consultations for the project “Implementation of the Residential Free Patent Act (RA 10023) Campaign” with the provincial governments of the target project sites between the months of March-April, 2015. To date, ULAP has successfully engaged at least 5 provinces to the RFPA project with completion of the project briefings on the following dates: Oriental Mindoro (March 6), Cavite (March 13), Bukidnon (April 13), Camiguin (April 15), Lanao del Norte (April 17). The target results of the project briefing were the approval of the project by the local chief executives as well as the discussion of target work plan and implementation of the RFPA campaign in each of the project site. The project briefings were attended by the Local Chief Executives along with their Provincial Administrator and other technical staff from the Assessor’s Office, Planning and Development and Provincial Environmental and Resources Office. The RFPA project primarily aims to establish partnerships between the LGUs and DENR to speed up titling and further increase the number of titles issued. The project also intends to facilitate coordination and integration of various land information systems to assist titling and enhance real property tax collection, property valuation and local land use planning. Given the promising impact of RFPA 10023 to the local governments specifically on efficient administration of land titling, ULAP’s primary role in the project is to provide advocacy support for the local government units in the implementation of RFPA campaign and facilitate the partnerships between the project partners and the local governments. ULAP is expected to engage the rest of the target 22 provincial sites with another series of project consultations scheduled to be conducted this coming April to June, 2015.

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ULAP is pleased to announce its openings for the following areas/ positions for Student Internship! Please submit your most updated Curriculum Vitae, letter of intent and letter of recommendation (optional) to ULAP Plans, Programs and Policy Director Ms. Lea P. Marasigan at [email protected] com or contact us through our numbers: (02)534-6787 or (02)534-6789. RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION

ICT - TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

•• Provide assistance in research and consolidation of data •• Assist in all the data gathering activities of the specific projects •• Perform documentation of activities, meetings, fieldwork and workshops and monitoring of information •• Assist in the conduct and logistical support needed for research related activities with the LGUs

•• Provides assistance to the production of ULAP promotional materials including the maintenance, encoding of content and website information management •• Provide multi-media documentation support for ULAP programs •• Preparation of multimedia documentation of ULAP’s meetings and conference •• Technical support in data gathering for research to aid program development and implementation •• Provide assistance in maintenance of the office computer facilities.

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT •• Provide assistance to all aspects of administrative management, directory maintenance, and logistics ULAP programs •• Perform multifaceted general office support and day-to-day operations of the organization •• Assist in coordination with partners and government agencies •• Assist in materials development for ULAP National Executive Board gatherings •• Perform other related duties as required by the immediate supervisor

ACCOUNTING AND BOOKKEEPING •• Provide assistance in recording of financial transactions •• Assist in summarizing details in separate ledgers or computer files and transfers data to general ledger, using calculator or computer •• Perform other related duties for bookkeeping as required by the immediate supervisor

LIASON/LOGISTICS WORK •• Provide overall assistance to ULAP Secretariat work •• Perform various logistics functions in support of ULAP’s program and project engagement •• Prepare coordination related to work schedules, venue reservations, transport requirements and other particulars for the assigned projects •• Assist in managing the incoming and outgoing communications in ULAP’s events and activities

ULAP CONTACT DETAILS UNION OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES OF THE PHILIPPINES, Inc.

“Uniting for Local Autonomy, Converging National and Local Growth” Office Address

28/F Unit 2803 Summit One Tower, 530 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City Philippines

Telephone

(63-2) 717-1810, (63-2) 534-6787

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Email Address

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Website

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