Sunday, December 05, 2021

DILG: Mandanas-Garcia ruling to empower LGUs

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Karl Caesar Rimando said recently that once implemented in 2022, the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling will empower local government units (LGUs) to deliver better services to their constituency.

Rimando shared that LGUs will become more productive, more progressive and will be able to give more services to the Filipino people because they will be given additional funds.

“To illustrate, if our local government’s Internal Revenue Allotment is P100, upon implementation of our Executive Order (EO) 138 or the full devolution of LGUs, it will be P137. This means that we have an additional P37 to use for personnel services, development funds, disaster and youth programs, among others. This means that when EO 138 is implemented, our local governments will be even stronger,” he said.

Rimando added that in terms of readiness, LGUs were already capacitated on how to make their respective Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs), based on the template provided by DILG and the Department of Budget and Management.

“Our LGUs are already skilled with identification and the formulation of plans. The only issue that we observe is they are sometimes having a hard time to decide which of the functions that the National Government agencies will devolve they will prioritize for 2022, 2023, and 2024,” he said.

Many LGUs who made their DTPs felt good because they are given the chance to prepare for their future, especially with the services that they expect National Government agencies to devolve to them.

Reports from DILG showed that as of October 12, 25 percent or 616 barangays in Central Luzon already submitted their DTPs. Barangays are given until October 15 to submit their plans, November 15 for cities and municipalities and December 15 for provinces.

The Mandanas-Garcia ruling will create a full devolution of powers and resources to the LGUs this 2022 by leaving to them the management and budget of basic services and facilities in their localities.

This Supreme Court ruling is expected to create a balloon of 27.66 percent or more than P234.4 billion in the internal revenue allotment of LGUs from the estate tax, documentary stamp tax, travel tax, sin tax and other taxes collected by the National Government , aside from the Bureau of Internal Revenue collections.


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