But moving forward, SANA sa SONA ni Pangulong Duterte, he can announce that beginning 2019, he will instruct the BIR to certify the correct IRA level due LGUs based on strict implementation of existing laws.

We must not lose sight of the main objective of the shift to a Federal form of Government!

President Rodrigo Duterte said during the Indigenous Peoples Leaders’ Summit at the Naval Station in Panacan, Davao City last February 1, 2018 that: “If you do not like federalism through and through, let’s have a hybrid form like that of Hong Kong and China.”

If our goal is to further decentralize, then why should we “Regionalize”? 

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) passed its General Assembly or GA Resolution No. 2018-008 strongly urging the Development Budget and Coordinating Committee (DBCC), through the Coordinating Committee on Decentralization or CCD to void the assailed DBCC Resolution 2003-02 because it is non-compliant to existing laws.

"Special funds, special accounts and the COA share should not be deducted prior to the computation of the mandated LGUs’ 40% IRA share."

 "Specialfunds, special accounts and the COA share should not be deducted prior to thecomputation of the mandated LGUs’ 40% IRA share."

How can we resolve this lopsided economic development in the Philippines under a Federal set-up?

One of the short-term strategies being pursued by the Leagues to increase the funds of LGUs under the Fund Augmentation Reforms is to push for the rightful computation of the IRA by the Executive branch.   No laws need to be amended here but rather just the right implementation of existing laws.