Here are LPP’s recommendations to the ConCom

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) recently adopted its consolidated recommendations on Federalism through its General Assembly Resolution 2018-015.  Ilocos Sur Gov. Ryan Singson and Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara, LPP National President and Chairman, respectively, formally submitted this Resolution to the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution last April 24.

Although the initial position taken by the League was for the full devolution of powers, responsibilities and resources directly to the 81 Provinces and Highly-Urbanized Cities (HUCs) and to strengthen the existing Regional Development Councils or RDCs instead of abruptly creating Regional States, in its sincere desire to help President Duterte push for the approval of vital reforms under a Federal system of government in a plebiscite to be called for the purpose tentatively by mid-2019, the Governors agreed to recommend the following to the ConComm.  

  1. Maintain the Presidential system of Government;   
  2. Status quo on the legislative and judiciary branches;
  3. Support the immediate passage of the BBL; Adopt a Hybrid or Asymmetric Federal government structure with Specia
  4. Autonomous Regions in ARMM and CAR; and
  5. Empower the existing Regional States composed of a Council of Provincial Governors and Mayors of HUCs to be presided over by a Chairperson elected amongst themselves who shall serve on an annual rotation basis among its component LGUs and not elected by the people within the Region.  While the Regional Parliament, as the uni-cameral body, shall be composed of the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Panlungsod of HUCs.
  6. Provide an option for LGUs to redraw, redefine or reconstitute their regional states based on the following parameters:
    • Contiguous via land or connected by body of waters;
    •  Economic, social, cultural and political viability;
    • Unanimous agreement of its component LGUs; and
    • Adoption of an organic law to be approved and ratified by the people in a plebiscite.
  7. No reduction of LGUs’ taxing and administrative powers and functions to ensure that there will be no decrease in its locally-generated and external revenues.  The existing funds currently being received by the LGUs from the National Government, including funds managed and implemented by NGAs for LGUs will not decrease even with the creation of the Regional States, and should have a guaranteed increase in revenue share under the proposed new Federal Constitution.  

In the meantime that the proposed Federal Constitution is being deliberated upon, the League requests for an increase in the revenue share of all LGUs beginning FY 2019 by ensuring its constitutionally-mandated fiscal space.  How? By revoking certain provisions of DBCC Resolution 2003-02 that run counter to existing laws in the rightful determination of the total internal revenue base and of the LGUs’ mandated 40% IRA share, i.e. to prospectively include the internal revenues from VAT and excise taxes collected by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as BIR’s deputized agent and no deductions of special accounts and COA share.

(To be continued…)

Source:  LPP GA Resolution 2018-015 can be viewed in this link http://lpp.gov.ph/?p=579

About the Author
Sandra Tablan Paredes is presently the Executive Director of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) since October, 2016 although she previously served LPP as Director from 1997 to 2004 Sandy helped organize ULAP in 1998 with former Governor Joey Lina and advocated for the LGUs' rightful IRA share, among other league advocacies, programs and projects to help local officials ensure local and fiscal autonomy and good governance. Recently served as concurrent interim Executive Director of ULAP from Jan-March 31, 2017. You can email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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