Today is: Sun, May 19, 2013
Transparent Accountable Governance 4
Mindanao is hindered by huge challenges of poverty, economic underdevelopment, poor infrastructure, conflict and security. Seven of 10 poorest provinces in the Philippines are in Mindanao. Limited budget resources, ill-equipped staff, and lack of tools in governance reform impede the ability of Mindanao local governments in positively responding to these challenges.
Since the passage of the Local Government Code in 1991, USAID/Philippines has been supporting decentralization and local governance in the Philippines. Under the Transparent and Accountable Governance (TAG) Projects Phases 1-3 from 2002 to 2009, USAID provided support to The Asia Foundation (TAF) in improving business licensing and real property tax administration in select cities and municipalities in Mindanao. In October 2009, USAID/Philippines launched TAG4 to deepen technical assistance to 60 Mindanao local governments for greater fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability and service delivery enhancements. The project will also bring to national consciousness the local government issues that need national action.
TAG4, a 2-year cooperative agreement with TAF is designed to strengthen local government linkages and capacity for policy reforms through data generation, information sharing and dialogue. The project works to improve the quality of local governance for sustained economic growth and peace in Mindanao.
Rapid Field Appraisal (RFA) to assess decentralization – the project is conducting an RFA to document and analyze the results of decentralization, 19 years after the passage of the local government code. The appraisal analyzes the contributions of decentralization policies on public service delivery, poverty reduction, economic growth and development.
Policy fora and dissemination of exemplary practices in local governance – Policy fora are effective in improving the linkages between national government agencies and local governments. In partnership with Galing Pook Foundation, Inc., exemplary local governance practices in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be recognized and disseminated to inspire other local governments in the Philippines. Galing Pook Foundation is a private organization that recognizes excellence and innovation in local governance and facilitates the adoption of best practices by other local governments.
Strengthening the League of Cities and the League of Municipalities – The Local Government Code mandated the formation of local government leagues for information and technology sharing, and coordination, and collective reforms. TAG4 provides assistance to the league secretariats to enhance their competence in project management, knowledge management and networking. The project also helps the leagues in establishing organizational structures, processes and policies that are more responsive to the needs of local governments.
Technical assistance to 60 local governments in Mindanao – To improve local governance in Mindanao, including conflict-affected areas, TAG4 will provide a needs-based and customized technical assistance package to 60 local governments, 25 of which are in ARMM. This technical assistance will revolve around three themes: fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability and service delivery enhancements. Activities under this component will coincide with the new mandates of the local chief executives elected in the last May 2010 elections.
Local budget tracking – The project will work with civil society groups to increase the transparency and accountability of local governments in the preparation and use of municipal budgets. The project is developing tools for local budget tracking to enable civil society organizations to gain access to fiscal information and to ensure transparent, accountable and responsible fiscal management of local resources.
Peer-based assessment and accreditation system for local governance trainings – In collaboration with the Local Government Academy (LGA) and the Local Governance Research and Training Institutes Network (LoGoTriPhilNet), TAG4 will enhance the quality of training programs for local governments by helping set up a peer-based accreditation system. LGA is the training arm of the Department of Interior and Local Government and LoGoTriPhilNet is a network of 70 institutions providing training to local governments.
Books for Asia (in Mindanao) – TAG4 will increase the availability of books and other learning materials in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. Book distribution events will be done under the project in partnership with provincial governments and the Department of Education (DepEd).
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