The State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) contains the results of the assessment of the six (6) performance areas and fifteen (15) service areas of local governance. This is the product of the LGPMS Committee headed by Ho. Mayor Sofronio C. Ona, Jr. The Committee was organized to conduct the study, prepare the report, and present the State of Local Governance Report (SLGR). The MPDC and his staff facilitated the assessment, preparation and finalization of the report which was undertaken from September to December 2006.
This research utilized the data capture form (DCF) of the LGPMS for the six (6) performance areas which was administered to different respondents to generate the needed responses and data. Interviews were also conducted in order to validate the data gathered. Furthermore, some documents and reports were verified to test the accuracy of the generated data.
This SLGR is a potent document that can provide basic information to the local officials, functionaries and all stakeholders who are interested to know the state of local affairs here in Calaca. This determines our level of performance as a Local Government Unit, and as such, shall serve as our guide for future planning and development, rational allocation of resources and most importantly, as our reference for the formulation of the Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA).
The report covers Calendar Year 2005 data. Some of the data in this rating period needs updating but for the purpose of coming with the state of local governance report, said data have been considered.
Generally, in CY-2005 the Municipality of Calaca had been effective in the delivery of almost all the basic services. It had been performed well and its mandate functions and had effectively run in its internal affairs. The strengths in terms of these areas contributed to the positive image of the Local Government Unit.
It must improve on the following performance areas, Agriculture and Fisheries development Entrepreneurship, Business Indusry promotion to ensure utmost performance and satisfaction of its constituents.
The Executive and the Legislative Department must continue to unite and complement their mandated functions.
FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS BY SERVICE AREA
ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEMS AND PROCEDURES
Effective administration is needed to ensure that the Local Government Unit is on the right track on its way to progress. To ensure that the governance ad administrative services of the Municipality are taken care of, there should be a way to gauge the performance of the LGU in this area.
It is on this premise that the LGPMS includes Governance and Administrative Services as one of its performance areas that includes two (2) service areas, namely: (a) Organizational Development; (b) Administration.
The LGU performed within or above the benchmark in this area. It has an assigned desk and has installed other support mechanism for Civil Society and NGO groups. Moreover, the LGU has an effective human resource management and development program through the establishment of an effective human resource planning, effective recruitment and selection process, performance evaluation for its employees, human resource and career development, installation of an incentives and awards system, establishment of grievance committee. It allows transparency ensuring that the documents are available to public, responsive to the existing felt need of the employees and allowed participation of employee’s representative on selection process. The LGU has an organized and systematic workplace because of its practice of the 5s Philosophy.
The LGU has an efficient system to enhance taxes and revenues. It has an organized Task Force Tax Collection composed of mostly Department Heads. The task force focuses on real property taxes, and an increase of not less than 20% was realized. It also updated real property map for property identification and an indexing system that facilitates access for records of real property owners.
The Annual Budget is responsive to the budgetary requirements of the local government plans and satisfies statutory and mandatory obligations. The Municipal Fund was allotted and utilized on three major aspect of targeted development such as: Social, Economic and Environmental Management.
The LGU has an effective financial management system. The composition of BAC is in accordance with RA 9184 and all transaction made and recorded in accordance with prescribed accounting and auditing rules and regulations. Annual financial statements of the LGU are completed and audited by the end of the year.
The LGU has an effective communication system such as radio system, telephone, short messaging service that is staffed, even on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays to respond on time-to track all actions for customers satisfaction.
The LGU has streamlined civil application processes. The applications for business permits, building permits, real property assessment and certificates of occupancy are available in the one-stop shop.
EXTENT OF LOCAL EMPOWERMENT
In the aspect of citizens participation, the municipality got a total score of 4.80 which is equivalent rating to an adjectival rating of high performance. The LGU is strong on the NGO/PO participation in the special bodies in the development process which is evident in the high rating it obtained in most indicators.
The participations of non-governmental organizations and people’s organization in all aspects of governance is encouraged by the Municipal Government. All accredited NGOs are represented in the Municipality’s Special Bodies and other councils and boards created through an Executive Order by the Municipal Mayor. The six (6) Local Special Bodies are organized and made functional. The composition of these Special Bodies is in accordance w3ith what is prescribed in the Local Government Code of 1991. Other councils and boards were also organized in pursuance to the issuances by National Government Agencies such as the Solid Waste Management Board, the Municipal Council for the Protection of Children, the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council, the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council among others.
A high rating of five (5.00) was garnered by the municipality in this sub sector which is indicative of the fact that the municipality has always promoted transparency in all its dealings and operations.
Office of the Community Development Information was manned by an Information Officer and staffs that provides information about the municipality and its operations to the public. The Municipal Information Office publishes newsletter name “Kalakan” quarterly. This publication features the latest executive measures and programs implemented by the executive and legislative body.
Aside from the newsletter, the municipality has also produced flyers and brochures on the profile of the LGU and its tourist attractions, list of business establishments, banks, restaurants and fast food centers that are available for distribution to tourist and guests.
To ensure massive information on local government operations the municipality has a website that can be accessed through the internet which is updated regularly and features information about the locality.
The annual report for the year 2005 which cover the socio-economic, political, peace and order conditions and personnel matters were submitted to the concerned agencies.
As for the development planning sub-sector, the Municipality had a remarkable performance with the high rating of five (5.0). In the pursuance of the vision and in the administration of a municipality na “Nangunguna sa Aksyon at Serbisyo”, quality plans were formulated and put in place for a more participatory planning process.
Public consultations involved various development sectors and the projects identified during these for a considered as among the projects for implementation. Proposed projects are also subjected to development council consultations. Public consultation is a part of the continuing process of increasing public awareness and active stake holder’s of programs.
The Annual Investment Plan was based on the local development investment program (LDIP). The sectoral goals are consistent with the Municipal’s Vision, Mission and Goals. The active participation of all Local Development Council members made prioritization fair and acceptable to all sectors. The Comprehensive Land Use Plan was formulated with the participation of the different sectors which contains the integrated infrastructure plan and integrated sectoral strategies. The CLUP was approved last August 7, 2002.
Conscious of the need to get relevant and accurate information as a requirement of a good plan and better decision-making and given the opportunity to computerize data banking, the municipality invested resource development to establish an efficient information system.
The Sanggunian, as the legislative body of the local government unit, is mandated to enact ordinances, approve resolutions and appropriate funds for the general welfare of the local government units and its inhabitant pursuant section 16 of the code.
It is in this premise that the LGPMs includes legislative services as one of its performance areas that includes two (2) service areas, namely; (a) development legislation; and (b) legislative tracking system.
Art. 103 (b)(1) of IRR of LGC of 1991 provides the creation of five 95) standing Committees in the local sanggunian as well as the preparation of internal rules and Procedures within 90 days after the first regular session.
In consideration of the above-mentioned concerns, the LGU performed within or above the benchmark.The Sangguniang Bayan of Calaca, Batangas is in full compliance of the codal provision. All standing committees and other appropriate committees have been organized. It has adopted its own Internal Rules and Procedures. A legislative agenda, which provided well-defined legislative action and timeframe, was also developed in full consultation with stake holders.
Legislative Tracking System
In order to strengthen the capability of the Sanggunian to effectively discharge its duties, it has to provide an efficient filing and retrieval system of legislative outputs through information technology.
In consideration of the above-mentioned concerns, the LGU performed within and above the benchmark. The Sanggunian has installed/set-up proper indexing of resolutions and ordinances for easy retrieval on inquiry.
Local Sanggunian are required to enact relevant ordinances or pass resolutions in support of social development and invironmental management.
The Sanggunian has adopted a Code of General Ordinances, Gender and Development Code and Revenue Code.
Health and nutrition Services
Generally, our delivery or health and nutrition services reveal a good level of condition. This may be attributed to the following condition: (1) Organize and functional local health board which prepares the annual budget for the operation and maintenance of health and services facilities and give advice on health matters; (2) Adequate and functional barangay health centers and health workers (LUNAS Kalusugan); (3) Adequate number of municipal health workers; (4) Serviceable medical and dental equipment (5) Involvement of non-government and civil organization.
Figure below shows the top three diseases of the municipality.
TOP THREE DISEASES
1. Acute Lower Respiratory Tract Infection and Pneumonia
Infant and child mortality rates decreased from 4 to 0 deaths Program/efforts that were implemented are (1) Expanded Program on Immunization (2) Early childhood development (3) Bright Child which is an integrated approach to deal with the physical, emotional and educational requirements of raising a bright child.
Findings from the maternal mortality showed a declining trend. These positive findings maybe attributed to the following observations: (1) proportion of births attended by health professionals; (2) Percentage of births delivered in a health facility; (3) Prenatal and post-natal care coverage; (4) Percentage of those injected with tetanus toxoid and provision of iron table supplements. Aside from this, the municipal government continuously conducted programs on safe motherhood and family planning services such as: IEC, Trainings on gender sensitivity or GAD Program, Breast feeding program, etc.
Medical, dental and other social services were regularly done to various barangays under the Nas Nas Barangayan Program.
In general, the delivery of basic education in this municipality showed a positive level of condition. This condition must be related to the following: (1) Organized and functional municipal school board that met at least once a month to discuss the annual plan and budget of the Special Education Fund (SEF). The board has fairly utilized the SEF with P3,355,956.28 out of the total amount of P3,794,000.00 spent for its PPAs. It reflects 88.45% utilization of its budget for education. The biggest chunk of the SEF is devoted to Repair and Maintenance of School Facilities.
As a result, the literacy rate, being a key impact indicator of education sector, is high with 3.10% in school year 2005. This is attributed to the presence of number of school in the municipality.
Graduation rate in secondary education marks above the benchmark of 85% - 90%. CY 2005 shows that 4,321 were enrolled in high school, 1,076 graduated in the same year.
Housing and Basic Utilities
Calaca has a total of 12,206 household. The Municipal Mayor, in his capacity as Local Chief Executive is extending outmost assistance to Gawad Kalinga for the less fortunate families of the locality.
Potable water supply is sufficient in the municipality. Record shows that 100% of the total households have access to potable water.
There are various barangays covered by level III system operated by the cooperative which pumps water from ground sources and distributed to all residents.
Other sources of water in the municipality are deep well and spring which augment the needed supply of safe drinking in the municipality. In compliance to sanitation regulations and standards, 8,489 households have sanitary water sealed of flush toilets.
Electricity is provided to 100% households. Telephone companies like Globe and Continental accorded landline connection to households. With the latest installation of cell sites in the area, some people have access to the state of the art communications facilities. In addition, municipality have accessed to postal services, telegraphic services and the public calling stations of the continental.
Peace, Security and Disaster Preparedness
The municipality is considered one of the most peaceful municipalities in the Province. Average crime rate for the Year2005 was .27%. This is an indication that police force has been doing their job despite the lack of manpower and the increasing population of the municipality.
For the year 2005 10 crimes were recorded as index crimes. Those are serious crime in nature such as murder, rape, homicide, physical injury, robbery and left. Hence most of the crime incidence were occurring in the municipality are petty crimes and violations of ordinances.
The Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPDC), People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) and the Women’s and Children’s Desk are present in the LGU. All other requirements as to the effectiveness of these councils are met such as conduct of meetings.
Programs, projects and activities on Peace and Order are being implemented by the local PNP to its fullest measure. Barangay intelligence networks are organized in all of the barangays and are always keeping and touch with the PNP.
In addition to peace and order programs the municipality had organized the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council which plans, implements and monitors programs and projects before, during after calamities. Every quarter, the council meets to assess and monitors the implementation of the programs and to provide assistance to the Barangay Disaster Coordinating Committees.
Entrepreneurship, Business and Industry Promotion
Mission attained shows that in the Entrepreneurship, business and Industry Promotion Areas, the LGU got the overall rating area of 1.67 which is below the benchmark. This poor rating was brought about by the absence of Local Investment Code. Another factor is that of limited budgetary allocation of the LGU for Industry promotion that generates new jobs.
Agriculture and Fisheries Development
The LGU has a poor rating for its State of Agriculture and Fisheries development reflecting a below the/poor benchmark performance.
The poor rating maybe due to absence of research and studies on aquaculture and fishery development. Mangrove and Coral reefs does not exist at the municipal water.
RA 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 states that local government units shall enhance, among others, the right of people to a balance ecology. It is in this premises that LGPMS includes environmental management as one of its performance areas that includes two (2) service areas: (1) natural resource management; and (2) waste management and pollution control.
Natural Resource Management
Under this service area, the LGU fairly performed well and garnered a rating of five (5.0).
This could be attributed to the following observations. The LGU enacted ordinances necessary in protecting the environment. Information on this has also reached the barangays thru Information Education Campaign (IEC).
Waste Management and Pollution Control
Using LGPMS as a toll, the LGU performed well in waste management and pollution control having garnered a service area rating of five (5.0). The high rating of the LGU is due to the Solid Waste Management Board which functioned very effectively.
Moreover, locators or industries installed pollution control device facilities. All of these results to the significant solid waste reduction. Each urban barangays were beneficiaries of material recovery facilities (MRF) in compliance to Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
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