LGC KRAs (Part 1)

 Business as Usual

All three branches of Government are business as usual despite the fact that President Duterte’s martial law declaration is still in effect in Mindanao. Services are being delivered, goods are being sold at regular prices, even casinos are raking in profits save for that unfortunate solo incident that recently occurred at the Resorts World. And unlike the Marcos’ style of martial law way back then, Congress is business as usual.

Recently, Senator Sonny Angara convened the Senate Committee on Local Government to discuss the on-going deliberations of the technical working groups (TWG) on the proposed priority amendments to the 1991 Local Government Code. 

The TWG deliberations for Book I is being chaired by Dr. Edna Co of UP, Book II by Dr. Chat Manasan of PIDS, and Book III by no less than DILG Usec. Austere A. Panadero who also designated by Sen. Angara as over-all Chair of the TWG discussions.
Usec. Panadero presented to Sen. Angara their 1st Interim Report on the LGC KRAs or Key Reform Areas:

  1. Strengthening the LGUs;
  2. Barangay Reform;
  3. Creation of LGUs
  4. Metropolitanization/ Inter-Local cooperation
  5. Strategic Projects
  6. Oversight Functions
  7. Human Resource
  8. Competitiveness/ Ease of doing Business; and
  9. Financing

During the Senate hearing, ULAP President and concurrent Chairman of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), Gov. Al Francis Bichara of Albay, ably represented the local governments’ priority concerns and provided valuable inputs and lessons learned based on actual experiences of local officials in the implementation of the LGCode.

Angara said that he is more inclined to propose separate bills on each of these key reform areas instead of an omnibus bill in the Senate.  Stakeholders were asked to provide the top five (5) priority amendments to his Committee for consideration.

(To be continued…)

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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