The recognition was done through a virtual ceremony on October 29.
“We just intended to have some entry to know kung ano pa ‘yung pwede naming ma-enhance with regards to the program but eventually the DICT recognized the digitalization at the barangay level,” Vice Governor De Peralta said.
The recognition “is testament to the fact that we are in the right track in digitalizing our barangays’ legislative processes even as we embrace the new normal.”
BLITS, a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project of the provincial government with the Mahintana Foundation, Inc., European Union (EU), and the DILG, aims to aid local legislators towards an organized, systematic, efficient, and transparent local legislative governance.
The BLITS Program, De Peralta said, “intends to accomplish the primary goal of One e-System, One Province for all the legislative units of Sarangani's 141 barangays."
“Ang gusto natin kasi magkaroon ng e-province in terms of policy,” he said.
Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said BLITS is the “key to a more responsive delivery of basic services in the community.”
Solon explained the “formulation of quality local legislations where the ultimate objective is for the general well-being of the constituents” is fundamental to LGUs.
It can be “overwhelming especially with the challenges brought about by digital advancement” but BLITS, he said, will help in “digitalizing the processes in the barangay and is a good step towards an improved and transparent local legislative governance.”
De Peralta said the European Union had financed the “conduct of workshop-seminars for our barangay captains, barangay secretaries, and their IT people who are mostly members of the Sangguniang Kabataan.” While the counterpart of the provincial government was the provision of computer sets to the 141 barangays.
In the workshops, the barangay officials were taught “on how to digitalize” through a software provided by the Mahintana Foundation “para madali nilang ma-encode kung ano ‘yung mga resolutions and ordinances na na-approved at the barangay level.”
Now, “kung may maghingi ng documents, madali nalang. Hindi na ‘yung kagaya dati na hahanapin pa ‘yung file so matagal pa. But this time, in just three to five minutes, maka-produce na kaagad sila ng mga documents,” De Peralta said.
To ensure sustainability, he said a provincial technical committee was created to monitor and validate the functionality of the program.
While trainings of trainers were also conducted at the municipalities to equip them in the validation at the municipal level.
The implementation of BLITS started in 2020 but de Peralta said even in 2018 they already visited almost 80% of the barangays in the province “to observe on how they conduct the parliamentary procedure… and taught them how to write resolutions and ordinances.” (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo by Martin Fernando E. Bernad Jr. taken on November 2 during the 38th Regular Session of the 10th Sangguniang Panlalawigan at the Capitol gymnasium.