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Sep 25 2017

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LGUs undergo Project Planning, Augmentation and Alignment Workshop

TWO WEEKS AGO, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) facilitated a two-day workshop for governors with the aim to operationalize the planning approach and processes, as well as to mainstream new planning considerations for all local government units (LGUs) in the country.

 

Tagged as Strategic Direction Setting Conference Workshop, Gov. Edgar M. Chatto participated in said training in order to gain first-hand information on the topics which are considered very crucial in localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Earlier this week, the DILG conducted a similar activity in two batches; that is, last September 5-6 and 7-8, respectively, in Tagbilaran City.

 

This is part of a series of activities that intends to harness the function of Local Development Councils (LDCs) as a venue for multi-stakeholder participation and to plan complementation and augmentation.

 

It is also to highlight the shared oversight function of the provinces over its component LGUs and ensure national government agency (NGA) interface with LGUs and plan budget linkage.

 

More importantly, this is in accordance with the NEDS-DILG-DBM-DOF Joint Memorandum Circular No.1 Series of 2007, which provides that national plans should be dovetailed with local development plans.

 

Consequently, provincial plans should also be consistent and supportive of the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) of its component cities and municipalities.

 

This is reiterated in DILG Memo Circular 2017-84 which provides guidelines for strengthening linkages of national/regional/provincial development strategies, programs, projects and activities with the CDP.

 

During the activity, each LGU was expected to come up with a list of programs and projects from its Local Development Investment Program (LDIP) which are aligned with the national and provincial governments.

 

The workshop aims to operationalize the planning approach and processes, as well as to mainstream new planning considerations for all LGUs in the country.

 

This is part of a series of activities that intends to harness the function of Local Development Councils (LDCs) as a venue for multi-stakeholder participation and to plan complementation and augmentation.

 

It is also to highlight the shared oversight function of the provinces over its component LGUs and ensure national government agency (NGA) interface with LGUs and plan budget linkage.

 

All LGUs in Bohol participated in the four-day conference led by their respective mayors and other key officials.

 

Gov. Chatto emphasized that it is very important for all LGUs to converge in order to allign local and national agencies together, making sure that all concerned are looking at the same page.

 

As always, he reiterated that every good project starts with a good plan; that is, horizontally and vertically alligned, prioritizing the needs of our people.

 

LGUs have institutionalized their respective local development councils doing projects every step together with the people and fund and prioritize them according to the development agenda.

 

“We won our battles along the way because we have kept Bohol as progressive as it is,” he said, adding, “and let us continue to prosper together by making it to AmBisyon Natin 2040, aiming for a better life for Filipinos.”

 

He told mayors, SB committees on appropriations, municipal planning officers, municipal local government officers that “the country is a big ship manned by a captain but steered by all of us. We must row together towards a common direction.”

 

The governor reinforced the importance of alignment of plans and programs and participatory processes in local governance.

 

Good planning means good budgeting, he said.

 

He also said support for national agenda makes resources more accessible for local governments because funds are allocated based on programs lined up to achieve goals.

 

The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

 

SDGs build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities.

 

The goals are interconnected, often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

 

The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 is the present administration’s first medium-term plan anchored on a long-term vision for the country.

 

It is expected to produce “higher trust in government and society, more resilient individuals and communities, and a greater drive for innovation,” with the Philippine values of “Malasakit, Pagbabago and Patuloy na Pag-unlad” as the three founding principles of the development plan.

 

Underneath these three development fundamentals are four objectives, namely: attaining just and lasting peace; ensuring security, public order and safety; accelerating strategic infrastructure development; and ensuring ecological integrity and a clean and healthy environment.

 

Pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Code and existing planning guidelines, each LGU shall prepare a Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) for provinces, the comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for cities and municipalities, and the Barangay Development Plan (BDP) for barangays.

 

Though prepared by specific levels of local governments through their LDCs, each plan should be consistent with one another to ensure complementation in its implementation and augmentation of resources.

 

The province shall take the lead in ensuring plan complementation with its component cities and municipalities shall do the same for its barangays.

 

The NEDA provides technical assistance in the preparation of the PDPFP, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for CLUP preparation, and the DILG for CDP formulation.

 

The workshop here of all LGUs is in consonance with the national development goals and agenda, for the country would indeed realize its 2040 dream for a “Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat.” (JANETV/PGBh/EDCom)

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