DILG to brief winners of local polls on Mandanas Ruling

Published May 17, 2022, 2:30 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will be holding briefing for all winners in the May 9 local elections regarding the Mandanas Ruling.

In a news briefing, DILG Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said there will be a local briefing in the transition with regards to the ‘Mandanas Ruling’ or the devolution of functions to the said locality adding that it is just a matter of turning over the documents and giving the new administration the briefing on the transition plan.

With regard, to the transition elements, Densing noted that being a government agency the has a DILG transition team that is ready with the transition briefing in the event that the incoming DILG Secretary Ben-Hur Abalos is ready with his transition team.

‘Itong transition ng mga lokal na gobyerno by June 30 12:01 noon papasok po yung mga bagong halal na local chief executives (LCE) at iba pang mga opisyales ng lokal na gobyerno. Kailangan ho by today (May 17) nagsisimula na po ang transition briefing or local governance assessment briefings sa mga papasok na opisyales na lokal na gobyerno (This transition of the local governments by June 30, 12:01 at noon, the new local chiefs executives (LCE) and other local government officials will come in. It is necessary that by today, the transition briefing or local governance assessment should begin),’’ Densing emphasized.

So far, Densing said that the DILG is monitoring the transition process in the localities where some LGUs have started the transition to the next administration while the others are still preparing the documents setting the schedule for the transition.

The DILG official hoped when pressed further that the administration will continue the government’s all-out war against illegal drugs stressing that it boosted the country’s economy.

“Napaka importante nito (illegal drug campaign), umusbong ang pamumuhunan sa ating bansa dahil bumagsak ang krimen, illegal na droga (This is very important as the number of investors in the country boomed with the declining number of crime incidents, illegal drug activities),’’ he added.

In the same briefing, Densing said that there is a status quo in the health protocols in the National Capital Region (NCR) and more than 70 other areas placed under Alert Level 1.

At the duration of the campaign period and on the day of the May 2022 polls, Densing said that government forces continued to monitor the public’s adherence to the health protocols and in the same period they also looked if there was a Covid-19 uptick.

In Alert Level 2 provinces with component cities under Alert Level 1, Densing pointed that component cities or municipalities under Alert Level 1 that meet government standards are declared by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to be in that health protocol bracket.

According to Densing, more than 70 percent of the population of these component cities or municipalities should be vaccinated before being placed under Alert Level 1.

“So kung ang isang probinsya ay nasa Alert Level 2 pero ang kanyang component city or munisipyo ay nareach na ang standards ay inaalert Level 1 na po namin yan (So if a province is placed under Alert Level 2 but its component cities or municipalities have reached the desired standards then we are placing them under Alert Level 1),’’ Densing clarified. (Chito A. Chavez)