In preparation for implementation of Supreme Court ruling on the Mandanas case, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - Lanao del Norte urged local government units (LGUs) under its jurisdiction to prepare for assuming new and greater responsibilities.
DILG Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe encouraged LGUs to come up with key reforms that would help reduce poverty, promote infrastructure development and maintain peace and order in their localities.
The ruling pertains to the devolution of the national government’s functions, powers and resources to the LGUs in 2022.
Agabe said that the second round of the Policy and Governance Conversations: Impacts and Implications of the Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia Ruling Implementation organized by the DILG-Lanao del Norte is part of the preparatory steps undertaken for the full devolution next year.
During the said event, Director John Aries S. Macaspac of the Local Government and Regional Coordination Bureau of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) shared his expertise on the impacts the SC ruling will have on the finance and fiscal programs of the LGUs.
Meanwhile, Prof. Edmund S. Tayao, Executive Director of Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) discussed the topic Further Decentralization: Implementing the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling.
As Prof Tayao said during his presentation, “system reform is ultimately fundamental, thus preparation is vital.”
Among the participants in the discussion were Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo, Congressman Abdullah D. Dimaporo, SP members led by Vice Gov. Ma. Cristina N. Atay with SP Secretary Joselito Quibranza, members of the League of Mayors of the Philippines, Vice Mayors League of the Philippines, National Movement for Young Legislators, Philippine League of Secretaries to the Sanggunian and members of the Local Finance Committee of the Province of Lanao del Norte.
Part of the DILG’s mandate is to equip the LGUs with necessary capacities to help improve their performance and enable them to effectively and efficiently deliver quality services to their constituents.