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Housing czar vows stronger support in financial pact with LGUs, agencies

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Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (has promised stronger support for local government units (LGUs) and to bolster coordination with other national government agencies (NGAs).

Acuzar made this remark as he expressed enthusiasm for the signing of the Joint Memorandum Circular on Public Financial Management with LGUs and NGAs on April 3.

“This [signing] marks a significant step forward in our collective effort to empower LGUs and achieve stronger public financial management,” Acuzar said in a news release on Sunday.

He said the joint memo “ushers in several significant changes to our existing policy guidelines.”

“This is another solid proof of the administration’s pursuit to Bagong Pilipinas brand of governance,” he added.

He guaranteed the DHSUD’s commitment to “foster the improved coordination among oversight agencies, strengthen LGU support to equip them with the necessary tools and knowledge for local land use and development planning.”

Acuzar also pledged to “ensure an efficient process for reviewing and approving plans while facilitating their alignment with regional and national priorities.”

The formulation of the JMC was spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) headed by Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr.

The memo was primarily designed to enable better coordination among national government agencies led by the DILG, DHSUD, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Finance’s Bureau of Local Government Finance (DOF-BLGF) in their provision of technical assistance to LGUs, specifically on public financial management.

It was likewise implemented to ensure that the agencies’ tools on policy development, manuals, guidelines, issuances, awards, and advice and guidance complement each other.

Under the JMC, the DHSUD is tasked to provide technical assistance, as well as formulate and prescribe standards, regulations and guidelines for the Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment, Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan of LGUs.

The DHSUD is also mandated to ensure the LGUs’ compliance with the formulation or updating procedures of land use or physical framework plans, up to the implementation process through review or ratification, monitoring and imposition of penalties.

“We at the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development recognize the importance of effective resource utilization as it is the cornerstone of building resilient and sustainable communities,” Acuzar said.

“The DHSUD stands ready to work with all stakeholders to ensure its successful implementation. I believe that through our collective commitment and action, we can build a brighter future for Better, Greener, Smarter Human Settlements, and Urban Systems in a More Inclusive Philippines,” he added.

The JMC covers the areas of local development planning, land use planning, investment programming, resource mobilization, budgeting, expenditure management, and performance monitoring and coordination in fiscal oversight of the DILG, DHSUD, NEDA, DBM and DOF-BLGF over provinces, cities, municipalities and villages.

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