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Support to Local Government Revenue Generation and Land Administration Reforms (formerly Support to Policy Development on Decentralization and Local Governance) :  Philippines


TA Name Support to Local Government Revenue Generation and Land Administration Reforms (formerly Support to Policy Development on Decentralization and Local Governance)
Country Philippines
TA Number 7809
Project Number 43205- 01
Thematic Classification Capacity Development
Economic growth
Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Technical Assistance is included in ADB's Country Operations Business Plan 2010-2012 under the title Support to POlicy Development on Decentralization and Local Governance.
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
All participating local government units (LGUs) under REGALA Phase 1 reported yearly increases in real property taxes (RPT) and business taxes (BT) from 2011 to 2013: (i) average of 10% RPT increase and 5% BT increase among mature LGUs (Cities of Bayawan, Legazpi, Tayabas and San Carlos); and (ii) average of 26.09% RPT increase and 29.45% BT increase among new entrant LGUs (Ligao City, San Jose de Buenavista, Alaminos City, Municipalities of Piddig and San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte). The increases resulted from the use of computerized land information system installed by REGALA which facilitated identification of new real property units (RPU) and tax delinquencies, improved management of tax records, and reduced discretion in tax assessment and RPT/BT computation. Revenue increases from increased tax rates will be realized as soon as the schedule of market values (SMVs), revised with REGALA's assistance, are approved by the local councils.

The cities of Bayawan, Legazpi, San Carlos and Tayabas expanded the utility of Geographic Information System (GIS)-based land information system to generate thematic maps in aid of the LGUs' socio-economic planning.

San Carlos City, Alaminos City, Ligao City, San Jose de Buenavista, Piddig and San Nicolas continue using computerized land information system to operate an online Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS).
Outputs and Timeframe Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
OUTPUT 1: The National Steering Committee (NSC), an inter-agency committee formed by REGALA, continues to play an important role in providing policy/program directions and necessary strategic support to the project under Phase 2. In June 2014, the NSC approved the inclusion of the municipalities of Sarrat, Solsona, Marcos and Pagudpud under the province of Ilocos Norte to expand REGALA's provincial model.

Local Steering Committees (LSCs) have been set up as well in all participating LGUs to facilitate information-sharing and data access. REGALA assisted Bayawan City in preparing a one-stop shop (OSS) concept paper, as well as trained LGU staff in preparing the OSS manual of operations. During Phase 2, the TA will strengthen and sustain existing LSCs, including that in the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to cover the four additional LGUs.

OUTPUT 2: In all participating LGUs under Phase 1, GIS and ETRACS have been installed and are in varied degrees of operation: 4 mature LGUs have fully operational systems with expanded utility of GIS and applications, while the remaining 6 LGUs are in the process of scaling up (consists of continuing database build-up to include other barangays and subdivision plans, as well as expanding utility of GIS and applications). To support the expansion of the provincial model, the TA commenced basic training on parcel-based spatial system for the four additional LGUs in Ilocos Norte in October 2014. Other basic trainings are planned for the rest of the year.

OUTPUT 3: The four mature LGUs are in various stages of obtaining Local Council approval of the Schedule of Market Values (SMVs) which were updated with REGALA's assistance, and were certified by BLGF as compliant with national standards. The City Council of San Carlos approved the revised SMVs through Ordinance No. 14-24 issued on 19 June 2014, which was subsequently approved by the Provincial Council on 8 October 2014. The revised SMV of Tayabas City was approved by the City Council on 14 March 2014, and was deemed executory through BLGF's legal opinion in lieu of the Provincial Council's approval. As part of the approval process, the cities of Bayawan and Legazpi conducted public hearings on the revised SMV, and are targeting to obtain the Local Councils approval by end of this year. The PGIN, including the four mature LGUs, are in the process of general revision and tax mapping.

Subject to the Local Chief Executive's commitment, REGALA Phase 2 will assist Alaminos City in pursuing the SMV approval process, while Ligao City will be assisted in updating its SMV and conducting tax compliance study. By its own initiative, PGIN has approved the province's revised SMV. REGALA Phase 2 will assist PGIN in the imposition of judicial and administrative remedies for delinquent real properties, where justified.

OUTPUT 4: REGALA Phase 1 assisted the cities of Bayawan, Tayabas and San Carlos in preparing disaster risk-sensitive Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) and Comprehensive Development Plans (CDPs). The CLUPs and CDPs of the cities of Tayabas and San Carlos were approved by respective City Councils, and are now under review by the Provincial Council. The City Council of Bayawan is reviewing its CLUP, CDP, zoning ordinance and investment plan. REGALA Phase 1 assisted Legazpi City in developing Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Climate Change Adaption (CCA) Plan, including the establishment of institutional arrangements to implement these plans. These plans were approved by the City Council, and are now ready for implementation. REGALA Phase 2 will assist San Jose de Buenavista in preparing CDP, while Ligao City and Alaminos City will be supported in updating their CLUPs. It will also assist the four mature LGUs in preparing the terms of reference (TOR) for area master planning for preferred new urban forms. To date, these LGUs have been trained on and are now in the process of preparing the TORs.

OUTPUT 5: Legazpi City, San Carlos City, and the municipalities of Piddig and San Nicolas completed their respective land tenure improvement studies. Due to the national and local election, Alaminos City postponed the Land Tenure Improvement Planning (LTIP) workshop. Tayabas did not pursue LTIP; instead a land tenure issues matrix was drafted. Limited TA support will be extended under REGALA Phase 2.
Geographical Location 10 LGUs will be identified in selection process.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Implementation 1. National Steering Committee (NSC) consisting of representatives from national LAM agencies (DENR, LRA, BLGF, DILG) and leagues of cities, municipalities and provinces are convened regularly to update stakeholders on project progress and consult them on program directions. Ten participating LGUs were selected with NSC concurrence. REGALA also formed Local Steering Committees (LSCs), consisting of representatives of local LAM agencies, to facilitate information-sharing and data access.
2. Participation of LGU-grantees in all stages of project implementation is maximized. Knowledge-sharing and mentoring between mature and new LGUs is embedded in the project design.
3. DRRM/CCA-sensitive CLUPs were formulated with the participation of sectoral committees formed by the project.
4. Various knowledge events have been organized to share knowledge on the project's design, progress, good practices and emerging lessons learned.
5. Project results have been communicated to BLGF and the Department of Finance (DOF). The DOF Secretary responded positively by requesting ADB for further assistance to roll out REGALA's good practices and positive results.
Responsible ADB Officer Claudia Buentjen
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Philippines Country Office
Concept Clearance 21 Sep 2010
Fact-finding 15 Sep 2010 to 29 Sep 2010
Approval 19 May 2011
2008 Asian Development Bank

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