The REAL Project Team of DILG-ARMM in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines conducted the REAL Project Field Assessment Findings on February 13, 2018 at the Conference Hall of DILG-ARMM, ORG Compound, Cotabato City.


The objectives of the assessment were: (a) to review and validate the data presented by the Technical Working Group (TWG) including Statement of Receipts and Expenditures (SREs) of the five (5) pilot municipalities; (b) to interview on the actions taken in municipalities’ action plan; (c) to interview on revenue increase since REAL project intervention; and, (d) to refurbish revenue map.

Different issues and concerns of the five (5) municipalities, including those of the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) Region XII, were discussed for identification of action plans to address these challenges.

The Local Government Unit Integrated Financial Tool (LIFT) was presented during the activity. LIFT was an IT-based comprehensive tool to help local government plan, budget, improve revenue collection and budget execution, and audit; and, a tool to harmonize and complement the various performance management systems implement by the LGU oversight agencies (DBM, DILG and DOF-BLGF).

Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) framework was also discussed for clarification. BPLS aimed to: (a) simplify registration process by reducing the number of steps and procedures; (b) reduce processing times and cost; and, (3) streamlining can accelerate revenue mobilization, improve expenditure management, and increase access to finance for better service delivery and growth promotion.

Common issues and strategies to address them were presented. Among the common issues were: (a) tax map and tax value were not updated; (b) SRE data was misunderstood at municipal level; (c) information gap on target and actual collection; (d) absence of monitoring system for revenue generation; (e) limited or lack of skills for municipal staff in conducting the revenue generation; (f) database or record keeping of LGUs office; (g) lack of enabling policy for real property tax (RPT); (h) the RPT campaign requiring provincial reinforcement; (i) lack of local businessmen investing in the municipalities; culture, conflict and security; and, (j) field assessment objectives require further follow up.

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Provincial Planning Workshop on Mainstreaming CCA-DRR in Local Development Planning

A Workshop entitled “Provincial Planning Workshop on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Local Development Planning for LGUs in Maguindanao” will be attended by the DILG-ARMM personnel on August 3, 2016 at Sardonyx Plaza Restaurant, Cotabato City.

The present during the activity will be Fredelino E. Gorospe, Alibaer M. Pangandaman, Mauricio F. Civiles, and Tohammi M. Abas.

LGU PFM Reform thru the Convergence of the Regional Inter-Agency Teams

The DILG-ARMM attended the formal closing of the Support to the Local Government Units for More Effective and Accountable Public Financial Management (LGU PFM 2) Project funded by the European Union. The LGU PFM 2 Project Closing Event, with the theme “Moving the LGU PFM Reform thru the Convergence of the Regional Inter-Agency Teams (RIATs)” was held on 28 June 2016, 8:30 A.M. at the New World Manila Bay Hotel, 1588 Pedro Gil corner M.H. Del Pilar Streets, Manila.

Present during the activity were the DILG-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Anwar A. Malang, Roselynne M. Cuevas, LGOO V, Ferdaussi T. Abdullah, LGOO II, and the DILG representatives nationwide.

The aim of the event was to grace the RIATs’ event thru Audio-Visual Presentation on the Project Accomplishments and Audio-Visual Presentation on the LGU PFM Reform: The Road to Convergence.


Participation to the “Revitalizing Technical Report Writing Skills: A Proficiency Enhancement for LGOOs IV and V”

The DILG-ARMM, thru Hja. Helen P. Ahmad and Johaina J. Abdullah, both LGOO V, will attend the continuing training program on Revitalizing Technical Report Writing Skills: Proficiency Enhancement for LGOOs IV and V on June 11-15, 2016 at Lancaster Hotel, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City.

The aim of the activity is based on the Local Government Academy’s (LGA) augmenting the efforts of the Department towards Strengthened Internal Organizational Capacity.

Workshop on the PCF Operations Manual

The DILG-ARMM, thru its PCF Regional Focal Person Roselynne M. Cuevas, LGOO V, will participate on the incoming 3-day Workshop on the “Development of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) Operational Manual” on June 14-16, 2016 at the Subic Bay Traveler’s Hotel and Event Center, Subic, Zambales. This is a region-wide activity to be conducted by the DILG-Central Office Manila, thru the Bureau of Local Government (BLGD).

This 3-day workshop aims to provide an avenue among PCF stakeholders to develop an Operations Manual which contains a more detailed guide on the implementation of PCF. The workshop will be participated in by the 18 Regional PCF Focal Persons including other participants from the different Bureaus in the Central Office..

PPCD Workshop

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) presents its compliments to the Department of the Interior and Local Government-ARMM.

The DILG-ARMM thru its Regional Information Officer will participate in the Participatory Planning and Capacity Development (PPCD) Workshop for the Cotabato City Roadshow, as part of the IOM X Campaign. The workshop will be on 1-2 June 2016 in Pagana Kutawato, Cotabato City.

IOM X is a regional project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented under the auspices of the regional office in Bangkok. IOM X is IOM’s innovative campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop human trafficking.

The Cotabato Roadshow will consist of a series of activities to create community-driven media materials and design and implement outreach activities. This workshop is the first of the Roadshow activities and it will bring together participants from the government, civil society and the private sector to determine the focus of the materials that will be developed and distributed, based on local trafficking trends and using a Communication for Development/Behaviour Change Communication approach.