MILG Identifies Strategies for Programs Delivery through Capacity Development, Performance Incentive, & Infrastructure Support for LGUs

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Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo. (Credit: MILG)

(SDN) — The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) led by Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo has revealed its strategy for effective implementation of its various programs, projects, and services.

On May 24, 2022 the MILG conducted a workshop to drum up and drive home the ministry’s message on the importance of abiding by and being faithful to the strategies.

Minister Sinarimbo laid down the ways and means:

“We continue to deliver on the programs of the Ministry with a combination of capacity development, performance incentive, and infrastructure support to LGUs (local government units) such as:

1. Formation of barangay alliance for the clusters of 63 barangays from North Cotabato that now forms the Special Geographic Area (SFA) of the BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao). The formation of the alliance will allow these barangays (villages) to coordinate better their services and allow them to maximize the exercise of their corporate powers for some socio-economic projects being provided by the ministry. This workshop is for the Clusters in Pikit.

(Pikit Municipality is geographically located in the province of North Cotabato, which is not part of BARMM. Residents of some barangays in Pikit, Pigcawayan, and Midsayap voted in a 2019 plebiscite to be under the jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro government.)

2. Our LEAPs (Localizing E-Governance for Accelerated Provision of Services) Team is in Lamitan City (Basilan) to assess the internet connection and other capacities of the LGUs for purposes of setting up the Digital Center in Lamitan for our joint project with UNDP (United Nations Development Program) on Localizing e-Governance for Accelerated Provision of Services. Lamitan is among the LGUs targeted for e-Governance in the region.

3. SGLG (Seal of Good Local Governance) Assesment for Lanao del Sur allows our Team to check on the compliance of candidate LGUs for the prestigious award of “Seal of Good Local Governance” for this year. The award has been suspended for two years now because of the pandemic.

4. We are also enhancing the draft Bangsamoro Local Governance (BLG) Code to incorporate the radical consequence of the increase in the share of Local Government Units in the taxes collected in the country which was formerly limited to internal revenue taxes. Given the “Mandas” ruling of the Supreme Court the LGUs will not get a share from all taxes collected and not just from internal revenue. Consequently, there has to be a re-allocation of functions and responsibilities among national government, regional government, and Local Government Units in the BARMM. Paraphrasing a popular movie line, “with greater resource for LGUs, comes greater responsibility.”

5. Our Municipal Building project to support the LGU of Simunul in Tawi Tawi is taking shape. Our aim is to ensure that by 2023, all municipalities in the BARMM would have a permanent Municipal Hall where people can ask their local leaders for better services.

The national government, Congress specifically, established the BARMM which is presently being governed by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) headed by Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim.

Until June 30, 2025, unless extended anew, the BTA will continue to run the Bangsamoro region, with its first regional election scheduled in May 2025.

It was supposed, the BTA’s life span, to expire on June 30, 2022 but Congress and approved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte granted the appeal for its extension and resetting of its first election.

The BARMM is composed of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the Special Geographic Area (SGA) comprised of 63 barangays or villages in North Cotabato that opted to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.

It was established as a new political entity (NPE) by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). (✓)

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