The Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) requested the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) to fast-track the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Growth Equity Fund (GEF) to address issues on marginalization, unequal development, high poverty incidence and disparities among LGUs. Likewise, the Council urged Central Visayas LGUs to publish and post their devolution transition plans (DTPs) in their official webpage and social media to ensure transparency and accountability.
The request of the RDC 7 to DBCC was passed during the second quarter full council meeting on 23 June 2022 when its Development Administration Committee (DAC) informed the Council that the guidelines on the release and utilization of the FY 2022 Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) GEF could not be finalized pending the issuance of the said IRR on GEF. President Rodrigo R. Duterte previously set the condition during his 30 December 2021 veto message that the GEF shall be executed in accordance with the guidelines to be issued by the DBCC pursuant to Executive Order No. 138, s.2021 and its IRR.
The Congress of the Philippines through the General Appropriations Act of 2022 (Republic Act No. 11639) appropriated Php 1.250 Billion for the LGSF-GEF. The fund shall be used as financial assistance to identified poor, disadvantaged, and lagging LGUs for the implementation of priority projects to gradually enable these LGUs to fully assume the devolved functions and services.
Also on the implementation of EO 138, the RDC 7 cited the proactive action of the Provincial Government of Bohol in posting its DTP on its webpage and social media accounts. The RDC 7 urged the Central Visayas LGUs to do the same to ensure transparency and accountability in the preparation and implementation of the said plans. This is in addition to the requirement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to upload their approved DTPs in the DILG DTP Repository.