Devolution – The Cordillera Regional Committee on Devolution updates the Regional Development Council the status of submission of Devolution Transition Plans where the region was highlighted as being one of the first to complete its Barangay DTPs and a high percentage completion for component city or municipality DTPs in the entire country.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-CAR) Regional Director Araceli San Jose, Co-Chairperson of the Cordillera Regional Committee on Devolution updated the members of the Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) during the December 9 RDC meeting on the status of submission of the Devolution Transition Plans (DTPs) and activities in preparation for the implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling in 2022.  This includes the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will assess and monitor the matching of programs, projects and activities (PPAs) between the DTPs of the National Government Agencies (NGAs) and the Local Government Units (LGUs).

Under Executive Order (EO) No. 138 NGAs and LGUs are required to submit their respective DTPs.

Director San Jose shared that the Cordillera Region is one of two regions, along with SOCCSKSARGEN, with complete submission of Barangay DTPs in the entire country.  CAR also has a high percentage for the submission of Component City or Municipal DTPs. Among provinces nationwide, Ifugao is the first province to complete its Provincial DTP.

The Cordillera RDC passed a resolution last September 9, creating the Cordillera Regional Committee on Devolution (ComDev) as mandated by Section 9 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of EO 138. The Cordillera ComDev is chaired by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM-CAR) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-CAR) that led activities including the orientation on the provisions of full devolution under EO 138.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-CAR) is a member of the Cordillera Regional ComDev along with other Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) tasked to ensure the smooth transition to full devolution and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the DTPs of the NGAs and LGUs of the region.