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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) of Region VI, Western Visayas conducted its 2-day orientation on August 10-11, 2021 via Zoom to acknowledge the significant role of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in achieving the general objective to implement the Devolution Transition Plan in view of the pursuant to Section 10 of EO No. 138.

Under the Supreme Court Ruling on the Mandanas Case, it is stated that the just share of the LGUs from the national taxes is not limited to national internal revenue taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) but includes collections of custom duties by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other collecting agencies. The said EO will also transfer expenditures on local infrastructure, farming, social welfare, wellbeing care and business, among other divisions recorded within the Local Government Code of 1991 in which the LGUs can implement.

Maria Calpiza Sardua, CESO IV Assistant Regional Director, stated during her closing remarks,

“Nawa'y ang papel ng bawat isa sa atin sa pagpapatupad ng Executive Order ay malinaw. Aasahan ninyo na ang DILG at iba pang NGAs ay patuloy na tutulong sa pag-aayos ng full devolution sa susunod na taon at walang maiiwan sa rehiyon na ito.”

(Hopefully, the role of each one of us in the implementation of the executive order is clarified. Expect that the DILG and other NGAs will continue to help in organizing full devolution next year, and no one in this region will be left behind.)

More than 300 participants from their corresponding provinces and agencies attended the 2-day orientation.#