CapDev efforts of LGUs to focus on agriculture, health and environment

The Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) assured on Wednesday that it will conduct continuous capacity development (CapDev) efforts to empower local government units (LGUs), particularly in the management of government services. agriculture, health and environment to ensure the effective delivery of devolved functions and services.

Secretary of the Interior Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said that, based on the DILG-led assessment, called the LGU’s Decentralization Transition Plan (DTP) analysis, the priority sectors for provinces in the CapDev program are agriculture, environment, health and administrative matters. , while those of the component cities/municipalities are the sectors of agriculture, health, environment, social protection and administration, as identified by the respective LGUs.

“The administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. remains committed to providing LGUs with support and technical assistance as part of full decentralization. I urge the Local Government Academy [LGA] lead and collaborate with national government agencies [NGAs] towards improved CapDev initiatives in areas where they need it most,” Abalos said in a press release.

He said the LGA, in collaboration with the NGAs, needs to calibrate its CapDev initiatives in relation to the outcome of this analytical data to better meet the CapDev needs of the LGUs.

“We need to buy into the results of DTP Analytics as they will guide us on the most ideal CapDev initiatives to implement to better assist LGUs in implementing full decentralization,” he added.

He further explained that among the areas covered by the Data Entry Forms (DCFs) in the assessment are inventory of decentralized functions and services, phasing of full takeover of decentralized functions, services and facilities by the LMU, the LMU budget for the financial sector forums. (FSF) for full support, existing and proposed additional plantilla positions, and budget and performance tracking for decentralized functions and services.

At a recently held regional briefing on full decentralization, the DILG’s Local Government Development Office (BLGD) said that analyzes also showed that LGUs recommend the hiring of additional regular staff in provinces, cities and municipalities to help them with their health, agriculture, social protection and infrastructure.

“The proposed increase in human resources will support full decentralization. With this, no province, city, municipality and barangay will be left behind,” Abalos said.

As mentioned in the briefing, 75 provinces, 144 cities, 1,370 municipalities and 39,450 barangays have already submitted their DTPs.

“We are closely assisting LGUs who have not yet completed and submitted their DTPs. Hopefully they can meet the requirements so that they can start operationalizing it and integrating it into their budget preparation and revenue mobilization,” Abalos said.

He added that consultations between NGAs and LGUs on the delineation of NGA programs, projects and services supporting decentralized functions are still ongoing.

Abalos said the LGA has also conducted a study based on the Local Good Governance Label 2021 indicators to determine the capacity and performance of LGUs in the context of implementing full decentralization.

He said this shows that 51% or 878 out of a total of 1,706 profiled LGUs have high capacity and performance and require a higher level of CapDev activities to elevate their current status.

Only 26.6% or 455 low capacity and low performance LGUs remain, which will require significant foundational, enabling and developmental interventions to improve their capacity and performance.

Abalos said the LGA has trained 143 DILG and Local Resource Institution (LRI) coaches in 2022 and certified 59 Level 1 coaches to provide continuous training in CapDev agenda formulation to LGUs.