INCUMBENT local chief executives (LCEs) seeking re-election are required to form a transition team to ensure continuity of service even while the campaign period is ongoing.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set the campaign for local officials on March 30 for this year’s midterm polls which will be on May 13.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that it is imperative to prepare for an effective turnover of responsibility so that public service is not going be halted due to preoccupied campaign schedules of mayors or governors.
All LCEs are told to create a local governance transition team not later than April 8.
“Bago pa po maging abala ang mga re-electionist na local chief executives (LCEs) sa pangangampanya simula March 30 ay buoin na po ninyo ang inyong Local Governance Transition Team para sa matiwasay at tuluy-tuloy na serbisyo sa mga mamamayan,” he said.
Año said non-compliance to the provisions of Memo Circular No. 2019-39 shall be dealt with in accordance with applicable laws and other pertinent issuances.
Memorandum Circular No. 2019-39 states that each Local Governance Transition Team shall be chaired by the LCE and the vice chairman will be elected among members. Members of the team are department heads of the local government unit (LGU) and a DILG representative such as DILG Provincial Director in case of provincial government, DILG City Director in case of city government, or DILG Municipal Local Government Operations Officer in case of municipal government.
There should also be one representative from a civil society organization or people’s organization.
To ensure the smooth local governance transition to the newly-elected or re-elected local officials on June 30, the Local Governance Transition Team must conduct an inventory of LGU properties.
Año also reminded re-electionist LCEs that starting March 29, appointing, hiring and promoting employees are already prohibited along with the release, disbursement of public funds.
“Bawal na rin po ang construction of public works and delivery of materials for public works and issuance of treasury warrant,” he added.
The Local Governance Transition Team will be the one to organize a turnover ceremony on June 30 that would include a briefing on the Governance Assessment Report and key challenges to the incoming set of officials for a more seamless leadership and management transitions.