Año urges smooth turnover of powers in local government units

Eduardo Año

INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año advised election candidates -- winners and losers  in  local levels -- that now is the time to prepare for a smooth turnover of office to ensure continuity in local governance.

According to Año, candidates should let go of political grudges and bitterness for the sake of the people whom they have sworn to serve.

“The Filipino people have spoken, and now is the time to move on. A greater agenda awaits and that is the task of nation-building. Kaya magkaisa na tayong lahat at magtulong-tulong para sa kapakanan ng ating mga lokalidad,” he added.

Memorandum Circular No. 2019-39 requires the creation of Local Governance Transition Teams to be chaired by the local chief executive (LCE) with the vice chairman to be elected from among the members by  majority vote.

The tasks of the transition team include an inventory of LGU properties, securing of all official documents and records of LGU transactions, and briefing on the key challenges for the incoming set of officials for a seamless leadership and management transition.

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.

“Now that the elections are over, let us unite and support our local leaders as we all share the same vision of peace and progress for our localities,” Año said.