Local govt chiefs told: Form transition teams ahead of polls

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Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday called on local chief executives to create their Local Governance Transition Teams to ensure smooth turnover to local officials who will be voted into office in the May 2016 elections.

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In an order to all provincial governors and city and municipal mayors, Sarmiento said the creation of transition teams is important for continuity in local governance.

“This early, the transition teams should already be preparing and rolling out the carpet for the newly-elected or reelected local officials in June 2016,” he added.

The DILG secretary in a memorandum said each province, city and municipality should create a transition team not later than April 8, 2016.

The team will be led by the local chief executive, while the vice chairman will be selected from among members who are department heads and representatives from the DILG and non-government organizations (NGOs) or people’s organizations (POs).

A principal task of the transition teams is the conduct of an inventory of all local government units’ (LGUs) real or immovable pieces of property such as land, buildings, infrastructure facilities and improvements and machineries; and movable properties such as vehicles, office equipment, furniture, fixtures and supply stocks.

The teams will also assemble all documents or records such as the 2015 Commission on Audit Report, Contracts and Loan Agreements, Comprehensive Development Plan, Local Development Investment Plan, 2016 Annual Investment Plan, inventory of personnel by nature of appointment, Executive Orders, Full Disclosure Policy Documents and others.

According to Sarmiento, it is the teams’ responsibility to organize a turnover ceremony on June 30 to include a briefing on the Governance Assessment Report and key challenges to the incoming officials.

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