Members and Guests of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program Committee during its Second Semester Meeting on October 12, 2021.

The CALABARZON Regional Development Council’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Program Committee highlighted the roles of local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of the BP2 Program during its second semester meeting on October 12, 2021 via video conference.

Acting Chairperson, Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III of DILG, emphasized the significance of the BP2 Program and the important role of LGUs in its implementation considering the implications of the Mandanas Ruling on the sustainability of the program.

Moreover, Director Anna Liza F. Bonagua of the DILG Bureau of Local Government Development discussed the following LGU responsibilities in BP2 implementation: (1) manage COVID-19 and other pandemics; (2) provide assistance to BP2 beneficiaries; (3) provide oversight program implementation through their respective Local Development Councils; (4) continue improvements in governance process and systems; and (5) continue advocacy and information dissemination.

She also discussed the implications of the Mandanas Ruling vis-à-vis the objectives and attainment of goals of the BP2, particularly in terms of the full devolution of basic services and facilities, and capacity-building for LGUs during the three-year transition period. Dir. Bonagua conveyed that the role of LGUs in BP2 implementation is contingent on the phasing of strategy for the respective sectors contained in the devolution transition plans of national government agencies. Thus, encouraging the LGUs to include funding of BP2 programs, projects, and activities in its budget preparation and investment programming.

Dir. Bonagua also underscored the need to maximize LGU revenue mobilization potential in anticipation to the reduction of revenue allotment in 2023 and 2024 due to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.

Relevant to this, the Committee endorsed to the CALABARZON Regional Development Council the 12th RDC-PSRs National Convention Resolution No. 10-G, “Supporting the Implementation of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa Program in the Regions,” with inclusion of information on funding source.

Gied B. Evangelista, NEDA Region IV-A | October 13, 2021