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MGB-MIMAROPA COMMITS IN INCREASING TRANSPARENCY

IN THE LOCAL LEVEL

Upholding its commitment to PH-Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI),MGB - MIMAROPA participatedin the Capacity Development Workshop organized by the Union of Local Authorities in the Philippines (ULAP) and MACV HIVOS’ (Making All Voices Counts/Hivos People Unlimited) project entitled “Increasing Transparency in Extractive Industries in the Sub-national Level through the Use of Context Specific Technology-based Platforms by Multi-Stakeholder Groups” held at Fersal Hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on January 16-17, 2017.

Its key objective is to facilitate the use of technology-based platforms to increase transparency in extractive industries and to improve relationships among local stakeholders for effective agenda-setting and decision-making at the local level. 

The event was attended by multi-sectoral group composed of officials and representatives from the LGU Province and Municipality of Bataraza, IPs and civil society groups all from the province of Palawan.

Among the presenters were the Department of Budget and Management-MIMAROPA Regional Director Renato M. De Vera, whopresented the “System and Processes of Downloading and Monitoring of Local Shares from National Wealth from Extractive Industries” and NCIP Regional Director Roberto Almonte, whopresented the “System and Processes of Downloading and Monitoring of IP Royalties.”MGB-MIMAROPA representative, Ms. RocelynRebullante, presented the “SDMPand Local Development Planning Process.”

First day session was highlighted by an open forum wherein presenters were asked questions on issues and concerns besetting the downloading of funds and the implementation of programs, projects and activities for the various revenue streams: Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), Royalties and the SDMP.

On the second day of the event, a workshop was conducted with the following objectives: presentation of the systems and processes involving revenue streams from the extractive industries namely: shares from national wealth, social development and management program and the royalties; mapping of issues and concerns on the aforementioned revenue stream systems and processes; and planning and discussions on critical decision points in the creation of Palawan-MSG. 

The project is considered to be the first in the Philippines envisioning industry transparency initiatives at the local level that goes beyond for an avenue for localization of the decision-making and agenda-setting in the project sites. ULAP is currently working on the creation of the MSG and it aims to bring key stakeholders in preparation for the creation of the Palawan-Stakeholder Multi-Sectoral Group (MSG).

ULAP is the umbrella organization of all local government leagues and its elected local officials. Its mission is to unite all the member-leagues and enhance its partnerships with all stakeholders and to ensure local and fiscal autonomy to all Local Government Units thereby ensuring their smooth and delivery of basic services to the people.  

DBM MIMAROPA Regional Director Renato M. De Vera

NCIP Regional Director Roberto L. Almonte

With the participants during the opening ceremonies