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HNU-CLG IMPLEMENTS LGU- ASSISTANCE FOR SELF-SUFFICIENCY ENHANCED SOCIAL SERVICES (LGU-ASSESS) PROJECT



The Center for Local Governance (CLG) has been tapped by the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) - Bohol as implementing partner of the LGU - Assistance for Self-Sufficiency and Enhanced Social Services (LGU-ASSESS) Project. This project which is funded by a grant from the Local Government Academy and the Provincial Government of Bohol is intended to assist the pilot municipalities of Batuan, San Isidro and San Miguel in increasing local revenue base by improving revenue collection and increasing CSO-partnerships with the aim of increasing allocation on health services for alleviation of malnutrition.

Part of the project activities was the Revenue Generation-Capability Needs Assessment Workshop held on October 12-13, 2009 at the JJs Seafoods Village which aims to: 1) identify the revenue generating activities undertaken by the different pilot municipalities as well as the issues, challenges and difficulties encountered in the implementation of these revenue generating activities; review the local government expenditures and budget items and identify sources of funding; identify possible gaps in the revenue generation and budget allocation; and, explore possibilities of improving the implementation of the revenue generating activities to match budget and available resources

Few weeks after the first workshop, the Workshop on Streamlining of Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS) was held on October 29-30, 2009 at JJs Seafoods Village. The two days BPLS was adopted from the original design adopted by the German Technical Cooperation and the Department of Trade and Industry. The PBLS was intended to assess the current business permit and licensing system in their respective municipalities; identify issues and problems in the implementation of the BPLS; realize the importance of streamlining the BPLS; benchmark with the municipality of Catigbian in improving the BPLS; and, prepare a proposed streamlined BPLS implementation plan.

Aside from the different workshops, the LGU-ASSESS project includes on-site coaching / mentoring activities in order to assist the LGU Teams towards the effective implementation of the planned activities. The first round of these mentoring activities were conducted on November 5 at the Municipality of San Miguel, November 6 at Batuan and November 9 at San Isidro. These sessions were attended by the respective Mayors, Vice-Mayors, Members of the Sangguniang Bayan and the Department Heads and were held in order to put in place the simplified BPLS in preparation for the filing and renewal of business permits in January 2010. The expected result of these activities will be an increased revenue collection in the pilot municipalities.

Since the LGU-ASSESS offers other components on data banking, providing excellent service to customers and improved delivery of health services aside from increased revenue generation, the CLG hopes to involve the other colleges, particularly the College of Business and Accountancy and College of Computer Science to take advantage of this project for their community involvement.



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