CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Seeking ways to foster inclusive and responsive governance, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10 convened national line agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), local government units (LGUs), and non-government organizations (NGOs) to discuss the full devolution in Dagyaw 2021, October 27.
“We are conducting this town hall meeting dubbed as Dagyaw as a way of improving social accountability, local service delivery,” DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said.
For its first episode, the town hall focused on the implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court (SC) ruling with the theme, “Usapang Debolusyon sa Pagpapalaganap ng Serbisyong Lokal.”
Citing its benefits, Agabe said about 40% of the current budget of the LGUs will be augmented, hence, enabling the latter to provide better services to their constituencies.
“Makikita na natin na kakailanganin ang malawakang paghahanda para sa ating devolution. Hindi biro ang hamong ito. Definitely, maganda ang ninanais nito.
Kaya lang, magkakaroon talaga ng maraming hamon sa pagpapatupad nito, mga hamon na kinakailangan nating mailabas, mapag-usapan at masolusyonan,” Communications Sec. Martin Andanar said.
(We see that there is a need to really prepare for our devolution. This challenge is not a joke. Definitely, devolution has good targets. However, there will really be a lot of challenges in implementing this; challenges that we need to release, talk to, and resolve)
To aid in the implementation of the Mandanas ruling, Andanar, who is also the cabinet officer for regional development security in the region, said such campaign is highlighted in all media platforms of the government and further added that Dagyaw is a venue to discuss different issues involved in implementing the full devolution
Elaborating the Mandanas ruling, Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) Chief Hazel Occeña cited the basic services and facilities devolved that include the agricultural extension and on-site research, environmental protection, school building program, health facilities;
Infrastructure facilities, social welfare services, tourism facilities, housing projects for provinces and cities, investment support, industrial research and development, and telecommunication services.
Heeding different sectors
Noting the changes that will take place during the full devolution, Melagros Maquiling, president of the Differently-Abled Women Network (DAWN), said, “We’re so happy for this new development, especially for this Mandanas ruling to be implemented next year.”
She added that such is a great help for the persons with disability (PWDs) since most of them would primarily go to barangay LGUs to seek for assistance, programs or services.
Maquiling also hoped that with the full devolution, the accessibility law will be enforced, and employment opportunities be given to the sector.
For his part, Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association President Eduardo Pelaez said they are looking forward to better opportunities in the government and for the private sector to be seen as a great partner in development.
As for the youth sector, Camiguin Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President Lucile Salvani said they are very excited for the full devolution since this can help them in institutionalizing their local youth development offices as well as such can help boost the SK’s child protection and social services.
Noting the sectors’ challenges and call for action, Department of Budget and Management (DBM)-10 Regional Director Rudylia Parrel said through Executive Order 138, there shall be a monitoring of the implementation for the devolution of the LGU, which will be done by phase starting 2022.
The Committee on Devolution (ComDev) is in-charge in the monitoring and assessment of the LGUs’ performance for the improvement of the implementation of the devolution transition plans.
“It is encouraged that cooperation between and among the LGUs and the NGAs concerned shall be enhanced in order to have a successful implementation of the devolution,” Parrel added.
Dagyaw Town Hall Meetings aim to provide an open, neutral, and protected space for the people to dialogue with the government on key issues and plans. (RTP/PIA-10)