“With the Supreme Court ruling on the Mandanas case is scheduled for implementation in 2022, this would mean that the LGUs must prepare to effectively assume new responsibilities… greater responsibilities,” said DILG Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe.

He encouraged all participating LGUs to come up with key reforms that would help reduce poverty, promote infrastructure development, and maintain peace and order in their localities during the second round of the Policy and Governance Conversations: Impacts and Implications of the Supreme Court Mandanas-Garcia Ruling Implementation to LGUs organized by the DILG-Lanao del Norte on January 27.

The talk focused on the Budgetary Domain topic thus Director John Aries S. Macaspac of the Local Government and Regional Coordination Bureau of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) was invited to share his expertise on the Impacts on the Finance and Fiscal Programs of the LGUs.

Similarly, 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, the system reform is ultimately fundamental thus preparation is vital.

The virtual talk was participated by 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 (LMP), Vice Mayors League of the Philippines (VMLP), National Movement for Young Legislators (NMYL), Philippine League of Secretaries to the Sanggunian (PLEASES) 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 them improve their performance and enable them to effectively and efficiently deliver quality services to their constituents.