In order to reinforce the supervisory function of the provincial oversight and to assess the vertical alignment of local plans to national and regional thrusts, the DILG conducted a National Orientation of the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) Review Guide for regions in Visayas and Mindanao on April 4-5, 2018 at the Mallberry Suites, Cagayan De Oro City.

     Under the Synchronized Local Planning and Budgeting Calendar provided by DILG-NEDA- DBM-DOF JMC 2016-01, local government units are set to update their respective CDPs.

     It was also in the same text wherein the role of the provincial government in ensuring multi-stakeholder participation in the formulation of CDPs was emphasized.

     “That is why you are here, you will work not only for your provincial office but for all the component municipalities in your area,” said Assistance to Municipalities Program Manager Richard Villacorte.

     “Having CDP in every municipality is a regulation, but 47% of the municipalities are not following regulation,” added Villacorte. It was also mentioned that 12% of the LGUs have non-functional Local Development Councils (LDCs).

     “We will be strict with the compliance, and that is why we are conducting the assessment…We are now in the regime of regulation, compliance, enforcement, and penalty,” Villacorte added.

     To assist the updating of LGUs of their respective CDPs, the DILG, in coordination with the European Union developed the CDP Review Guide.

     The said guide sought to assess the CDPs through the following components: compliance to form, compliance to process, and content.

     Prior to the finalization of the CDP review guide, a series of pilot tests was facilitated by the DILG in coordination with the regional and provincial units concerned. As such, initial CDP reviews were conducted in the province of Quirino, Guimaras, and Camiguin.