CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–As the government transition to the implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling under the directive indicated in Executive Order No. 138 signed last June 1, 2021, members of the Regional Association of Government Communicators (RAGCOM)-10 convene to discuss the salient features of the said ruling to better equip themselves as they prepare for the information dissemination in their respective areas.
“As information officers, we are tapped to help generate increased awareness and understanding on a full devolution of functions and services to the local government units following the Mandanas-Garcia ruling by the Supreme Court specifically we are to strengthen public awareness on the full devolution of functions and services, especially to the local government units in their delivery of basic services,” says Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-1l Regional Director Franklin Gumapon.
The implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling will take effect via the guidelines stated in Executive Order No. 138 directing the preparation of the Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs) of both national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) that would facilitate the devolution of some functions starting this year until the fiscal year 2024.
Department of Budget and Management (DBM)-10 Specialist Mark Welnorr Callo said aside from the devolution of some functions there is also an increase in the revenue shares of the LGUs.
“In the previous years, the basis of the shares of the Local Government Units was solely on the BIR collection. Now, with the supreme court ruling which favored the petitioners, Mandanas-Garcia, the basis is not just the BIR but also the Bureau of Customs and other agencies as certified by the Bureau of Treasury,” said Callo.
With the implementation of the supreme court ruling, the FY 2022 National Tax Allocation shares of LGUs shall be P959 billion based on the certification submitted to DBM by the BIR, Bureau of Customs, and Bureau of Treasury on the actual collection of the national taxes in the Fiscal Year 2019. However, changes to the next year may change due to the effect of the pandemic, Callo said.
As the implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling takes place, the benefits are to promote fiscal decentralization, accountability, improved delivery of services, increased economic participation, and better partnership between the national government and LGUs. (JAKA/PIA-10)
Members of the Regional Association of Government Communicators (RAGCOM)-10 convenesfor a virtual information caravan to discuss with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling implementation, April 20 over zoom. (PIA-10)