ARTICLE V

THE REGIONAL EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

 

Section 57. The executive power in the region shall be vested in a Regional Governor. He shall exercise such powers and perform such duties and functions as provided by this Organic Act and other laws.

Section 58. As chief executive of the Regional Government, the Regional Governor shall exercise control and supervision over all programs, projects, services and activities of the Regional Government, the regional line agencies and offices, and the local government units within the autonomous region.

Section 59. The Regional Governor shall represent the Cordillera Autonomous Region, including the Regional Government, the regional line agencies and offices, and the local government units within the autonomous region in Cabinet meetings called by the President.

Section 60. The Regional Governor shall address the Regional Assembly at the opening of its regular sessions. He/she may also appear before it at any time.

Section 61. The Regional Governor shall submit to the Regional Assembly within thirty (30) days from the opening of every regular session, as the basis of the regional appropriations bill, budget of expenditures and sources of financing, including receipts from existing and proposed revenue measures.

Section 62. The Regional Governor and the different regional departments shall have sufficient administrative and support staff to efficiently and effectively carry out their mandates and the purposes of the regional government.

Section 63. There shall be regional executive assistants, equivalent in rank and salary grade level to Assistant Regional Directors of national government departments, who shall be appointed by the Regional Governor and shall hold office and serve at his discretion. Regional Executive Assistants shall coordinate and harmonize the functions of the various regional line agencies. Provided, that no more than two (2) regional executive assistants shall come from one (1) province or city within the region. Provided further, that the regional executive assistant posts shall in no way diminish the functions and resources of the different line agencies.

Section 64. The regional autonomous government shall have the following mandatory offices: Office of the Regional Executive Secretary, Office of the Regional Accountant, Office of the Regional Administrator, Office of the Regional Legal Officer, Office of the Regional General Services Officer, Office of the Regional Engineer, Office of the Regional Information Officer, Office of the Secretary to the Regional Assembly, Office of the Regional Treasurer. In addition thereto, the Regional Governor may, subject to the approval of the Regional Assembly and availability of funds, create other offices deemed necessary.

The Regional Executive Secretary and the heads of the various regional offices and employees under the executive department shall be appointed by the Regional Governor. With the exception of the former, the appointment of the heads of regional offices requires the concurrence of the majority of the members of the Regional Assembly and compliance to civil service law, rules and regulations and this Organic Act. The Regional Assembly shall act on said appointment within fifteen (15) days from the date of submission otherwise the same shall be deemed confirmed.

The rank and salary grade level of the heads of the different regional departments shall be equivalent to the regional directors of regional line agencies. They shall receive compensation, allowances and other emoluments and benefits allowed by law or ordinance. With the exception of the Regional Executive Secretary, the heads of the regional departments shall be mandatory.

The qualifications of regional appointive officials, their duties and functions, are as follows:

1) Office of the Regional Executive Secretary

  1. The Regional Executive Secretary of the Cordillera Autonomous Region shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in law, administration or any other related course from a recognized college or university. He/she must have acquired experience in management work for at least five (5) years.

  2. The Regional Executive Secretary shall, subject to the control and supervision of the Regional Governor, carry out the functions and duties delegated to him/her and shall:

    1. Directly assist the Regional Governor in the management of the affairs pertaining to the Cordillera Autonomous Region.

    2. Implement directives, orders and decisions.

    3. Decide, for and in behalf of the Regional Governor, matters not requiring personal attention of the Regional Governor.

    4. Exercise supervision and control over the various units in the Office of the Regional Governor including their internal administrative requirements.

    5. Exercise supervision, in behalf of the Regional Governor, over the various agencies under the Office of the Regional Governor.

    6. Provide overall coordination in the operation of the Regional Executive Office.

    7. Determine and assign matters to the appropriate units in the Office of the Regional Governor.

    8. Have administrative responsibility for matters in the Office of the Regional Governor coming from the various regional offices and agencies of government.

    9. Exercise primary authority to sign papers "By authority of the Regional Governor", attest executive orders and other issuances unless attestation is specifically delegated to other officials by him or by the Regional Governor.

    10. Determine, with the approval of the Regional Governor, the appropriate assignment of offices not placed by law under any specific regional executive department.

    11. Provide consultative, research, fact-finding and advisory service to the Regional Governor.

    12. Assist the Regional Governor in the performance of functions pertaining to legislation.

    13. Assist the Regional Governor in the administration of special projects.

    14. Take charge of matters pertaining to protocol in the Regional Government and ceremonial functions.

    15. Provide secretarial and clerical services for the Regional Governor and other bodies.

    16. Promulgate such rules and regulations necessary to carry out the objectives, policies and functions of the Office of the Regional Governor.

    17. Perform such other functions as the Regional Governor may direct.

 2) Office of the Regional Accountant

  1. The Regional Accountant shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, and a certified public accountant. He/she must have acquired experience in the treasury or accounting service for at least five (5) years.

  2. The incumbent chief accountant in the office of the treasurer shall be given preference in the appointment to the position of the regional accountant.

  3. The regional accountant shall take charge of both the accounting and internal audit services of the autonomous region and shall:

    1. Install and maintain an internal audit system in the autonomous region.

    2. Prepare and submit financial statements to the Regional Governor and to the Regional Assembly.

    3. Apprise the Regional Assembly and other government officials on the financial condition and operations of the autonomous region.

    4. Certify to the availability of budgetary allotment to which expenditures and obligations may be properly charged.

    5. Review supporting documents before preparation of vouchers to determine completeness of requirements.

    6. Prepare statements of cash advances, liquidation, salaries, allowances, reimbursements and remittances pertaining to the autonomous region.

    7. Prepare statements of journal vouchers and liquidation of the same and other adjustments related thereto.

    8. Post individual disbursements to the subsidiary ledger and index cards.

    9. Maintain individual ledgers for officials and employees of the autonomous region pertaining to payrolls and deductions.

    10. Record and post in index cards details of purchased furniture, fixtures, and equipment, including disposal thereof, if any.

    11. Account for all issued requests for obligations and maintain and keep all records and reports related thereto.

    12. Prepare journals and the analysis of obligations and maintain and keep all records and reports related thereto.

    13. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be provided by law or ordinance.

3) Office of the Regional Administrator

  1. The Regional Administrator shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, and a holder of a college degree preferably in law, public administration or any other related course from a recognized college or university. He/she must have acquired experience in management and administration work for at least five (5) years.

  2. Subject to the control and supervision of the Regional Governor, the Regional Administrator shall:

    1. Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the Regional Governor, implement the same particularly those which have to do with the management and administration-related programs and projects which the Regional Governor is empowered to implement and which the Regional Assembly is empowered to provide for under this Organic Act.

    2. Assist in the coordination of the work of all the officials of the autonomous region, under the supervision, direction, and control of the Regional Governor, and for this purpose, he may convene the chiefs of offices and other officials of the autonomous region.

    3. Establish and maintain a sound personnel program for the autonomous region designed to promote career development and uphold the merit principle in the local government service.

    4. Conduct a continuing organizational development of the autonomous region with the end in view of instituting effective administrative reforms.

    5. Be in the frontline of the delivery of administrative support services, particularly those related to the situations during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities.

    6. Recommend to the Regional Assembly and advise the Regional Governor, as the case may be, on all other matters relative to the management and administration of the regional autonomous government.

    7. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.

4) Office of the Regional Legal Officer

  1. The Regional Legal Officer shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, and a member of the Philippine Bar. He must have practiced his profession for at least five (5) years.

  2. The Regional Legal Officer, the chief legal counsel of the regional autonomous government, shall take charge of the office of legal services and shall:

    1. Formulate measures for the consideration of the Regional Assembly and provide legal assistance and support to the Regional Governor, as the case may be, in carrying out the delivery of basic services and provisions of adequate facilities necessary.

    2. Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the Regional Governor, as the case may be, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with programs and projects related to legal services which the Regional Governor is empowered to implement and which the Regional Assembly is empowered to provide for under this Organic Act.

    3. Recommend measures and advise the Regional Governor on all other matters related to upholding the rule of law.

    4. Be in the frontline of protecting human rights and prosecuting any violations thereof, particularly those which occur during and in the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters or calamities.

    5. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

    6. In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the legal officer shall:

  1. Represent the regional autonomous government in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the autonomous region or any official thereof, in his official capacity, is a party.

  2. When required by the Regional Governor, draft ordinances, contracts, bonds, leases and other instruments, involving any interest of the autonomous region and provide comments and recommendations on any instrument already drawn.

  3. Render his/her opinion in writing on any question of law when requested to do so by the Regional Governor.

  4. Investigate or cause to be investigated any Regional Government official or employee for administrative neglect or misconduct in office, and recommend appropriate action to the Regional Governor as the case may be.

  5. Investigate or cause to be investigated any person, firm or corporation holding any franchise or exercising any public privilege for failure to comply with any term or condition in the grant of such franchise or privilege by the Regional Government, and recommending appropriate action to the Regional Governor, as the case may be.

  6. When directed by the Regional Governor, initiate and prosecute in the interest of the autonomous region any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof.

  7. Review and submit recommendations on ordinances approved and execute orders issued.

5) Office of the Regional Treasurer

  1. The Regional Treasurer shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, and a holder of a college degree preferably in commerce, public administration or law from a recognized college or university. He/she must have acquired experience in treasury or accounting service for at least five (5) years.

  2. The Regional Treasurer shall take charge of the Treasury Office, perform the duties provided for under Book II of the Local Government Code, and shall:

    1. Advise the Regional Governor and other Regional Government officials concerned regarding the disposition of government funds, and on such other matters relative to public finance.

    2. Take custody of and exercise proper management of the funds of the autonomous region.

    3. Take charge of the disbursement of all Regional Government funds and such other funds the custody of which may be entrusted to him/her by law or other competent authority.

    4. Maintain and update the tax information system of the autonomous region.

    5. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

6) Office of the Regional General Services Officer

  1. The Regional General Services Officer shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, and a holder of a college degree preferably on public administration, business administration and management or any other related course from a recognized college or university. He/she must have acquired experience in general services, including management of supply, property, solid waste disposal, and general sanitation, for at least five (5) years.

  2. The Regional General Services Officer shall take charge of the Office on General Services and shall:

  1. Formulate measures for the consideration of the Regional Governor and provide him technical assistance and support in carrying out measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate facilities pursuant to the Local Government Code and this Organic Act which require general services expertise and technical support services.

  2. Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the Regional Governor implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the general services supportive of the welfare of the inhabitants which the Regional Governor is empowered to implement.

  3. Be in the frontline of general services related activities, such as the possible or imminent destruction or damage to records, supplies, properties, and structures and the orderly and sanitary clearing up of waste materials or debris, particularly during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural calamities and disasters.

  4. Recommend and advise the Regional Governor on all matters relative to general services.

  5. In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the General Services Officer shall:

i. Take custody of and be accountable for all properties, real or personal, owned by the autonomous government and those granted to it in the form of donation, reparation, assistance and counterpart of joint projects.

ii. With the approval of the Regional Governor, assign building or land space to regional officials, who by law, are entitled to such space. Recommend to the Regional Governor reasonable rental rates for Regional Government properties, whether real or personal, which will be leased to public or private entities.

iii. Recommend to the Regional Governor reasonable rental rates of private properties which may be leased for the official use of the Regional Government.

iv. Maintain and supervise janitorial, security, government public buildings and other real property, whether owned or leased by the Regional Government.

v. Collate and disseminate information regarding prices, shipping and other costs of supplies and other items commonly used by the Regional Government.

vi. Perform archival and record management with respect to records of offices and departments of the Regional Government.

vii. Perform all other functions pertaining to supply and property management heretofore performed by the Regional Government Treasurer. and enforce policies on records creation, maintenance, and disposal.

viii. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

7) Office of the Regional Engineer

  1. The Regional Engineer shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, and a licensed civil engineer. He/she must have acquired experience in the practice of his/her profession for at least five (5) years.

  2. The regional engineer shall take charge of the Engineering Office of the Cordillera Autonomous government and shall:

    1. Initiate, review and recommend changes in policies and objectives, plans and programs, techniques, procedures and practices in infrastructure development and public works in general of the Regional Government.

    2. Advise the Regional Governor on infrastructure, public works, and other engineering matters.

    3. Administer, coordinate, supervise, and control the construction, maintenance, improvement, and repair of roads, bridges, and other engineering and public works projects of the Regional Government.

    4. Provide engineering services to the Regional Government, including investigation and survey, engineering designs, feasibility studies, and project management.

    5. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

8) Office of the Regional Information Officer

  1. The Regional Information Officer shall be a citizen of the Philippines and a Cordilleran, of good moral character, and a holder of a college degree preferably in journalism, mass communication or any other related course from a recognized college or university. He/she must have experience in writing articles and research papers, or in writing for print, television or broadcast media of at least five (5) years.

  2. The Regional Information Officer shall take charge of the Office on Public Information and shall:

1. Formulate measures and provide technical assistance and support to the Regional Government in providing the information and research data required for the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate facilities so that the public becomes aware of said services and may fully avail of the same.

2. Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval thereof by the Regional Governor implement the same, particularly those which have to do with public information and research data to support programs and projects which the Regional Governor is empowered to implement and provide.

3. Be in the frontline in providing information during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural calamities and disasters, with special attention to the victims thereof, to help minimize injuries and casualties during and after emergency, and to accelerate relief and rehabilitation.

4. Recommend and advise the Regional Governor on all matters relative to public information and research data as it relates to the total socio-economic development of the Regional Government.

5.  In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the regional information officer shall:

i. Provide relevant, adequate, and timely information to the autonomous region and its residents.

ii. Furnish relevant regional government information and data to government agencies or offices as may be required by law or ordinance, and non- governmental organizations.

iii. Maintain effective liaison with the various sectors of the community on matters and issues that affect the livelihood and the quality of life of the inhabitants and encourage support for programs of the local, regional and national government.

iv. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

Section 65. There shall be a Regional Development Board (RDP) which shall function as the main planning and advisory body of the autonomous government, setting the direction of economic and social development of the autonomous region and through which regional development efforts shall be coordinated.

Section 66. The Regional Development Board, which shall be headed by the Regional Governor, shall be composed of the Regional Governor as chairman, and a private sector representative as co-chairman, the Regional Vice-Governor as vice-chairman, and the following as members:

  1. All the provincial governors, the city and capital town mayors.

  2. Two (2) members of the Regional Assembly to be designated by its presiding officer.

  3. Private sector representatives of duly accredited private sector and non-government organizations/people's organizations, Provided that their composition shall not be more than one-fourth of the total membership.

  4. Regional heads of national line agencies operating in the region.

  5. The Board may designate special non-voting members (SNVMs) coming from both the public and private sectors, upon concurrence of the majority of its regular members.

Section 67. The regional office of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) shall serve as the secretariat and technical operations arm of the Board.

Section 68. The Regional Development Board shall:

  1. Coordinate the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of short- and long-term regional development plans and investment programs, regional physical framework plans and special development plans, including the formulation of policy recommendations.

  2. Integrate approved development plans of provinces and cities, line agencies, state universities and colleges, government owned and controlled corporations and special development authorities in the autonomous region into the regional development plan.

  3. Review, prioritize, and endorse to the autonomous government the annual and multi-year sectoral investment programs of the autonomous region for funding and implementation.

  4. Review and endorse to the national government the annual budgets of agency regional offices, state colleges and universities and special development authorities.

  5. Promote and direct the inflow and allocation of private investments in the autonomous region to support regional development objectives, policies, strategies.

  6. Review and endorse national plans, programs and projects proposed for implementation in the autonomous region.

  7. As required by the Investment Coordinating Council (ICC), review and endorse projects of national government agencies that have impact on the region and projects of LGUs in the region requiring national government exposure which may come in the form of guarantees, national government budget appropriations or subsidies, among others.

  8. Initiate and coordinate the development, funding and implementation of regional and special development projects such as those involving several agencies or LGUs.

  9. Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of development projects undertaken by government agencies, local government units, state colleges and universities, government-owned and/or controlled corporations and special development authorities in the autonomous region.

  10. Perform other related functions and activities as may be necessary to promote and sustain the socio-economic development of the autonomous region.

Section 69. The Board shall create appropriate technical and sectoral committees to assist in its work.

Section 70. Existing regional coordinating committees that are created by various laws and currently attached to specific agencies, and ad-hoc program/project-based steering committees, such as, but not limited to Regional Anti-Poverty Council, Regional Project Monitoring Committee, Regional Land Use Committee, Regional Peace and Order Committee, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee, Regional Sustainable Development Committee, Regional Research Coordinating Committee, etc.. shall be placed under the umbrella of the Regional Development Board. Secretariat work of these inter-agency committees shall continue to be provided by their mother agency.

Section 71. When the need arises, the Board shall invite the Congressmen of the provinces and cities of the autonomous region.