Dr. Jerielyn V. Reyes, News, Institute for Continuing Professional Development
PUP signed its commitment with the Department of Finance (DOF) - Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) for the implementation of Local Governance Reform Project LGRP) on May 11, at the PICC Complex, Pasay City. University President Dr. Manuel M. Muhi represented Sintang Paaralan in this major initiative.
Dr. Muhi, in his acceptance of commitment speech, thanked the DOF for giving PUP the opportunity to be part of the transformation goal of the government. As the academic partner, PUP facilitate professional growth of local assessors in the country.
“We are confident that through this concerted effort and commitment, more can be achieved. This will continue to develop stronger relationships and collaboration,” Dr. Muhi quipped.
Statements of support
Hon. Benjamin Diokno, the Department of Finance Secretary emphasized the importance of establishing equitable taxation. He said that this will help in providing effective and efficient services to better serve the Filipino people.
Hon. Dakila Carlo E. Cua, the Governor of Quirino Province and the president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) expressed full support of the valuation reform act. He said that there is an urgent need for this reform as local government units are suffering from outdated property valuation which missed revenue collection due to undervaluation. With the service-oriented approach, people will be able to access basic and better services.
In his acceptance speech, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong stated that this makes government transactions more transparent, credible, and accountable. Transparency, honesty, and utmost diligence are required for this project to succeed. He said thanks to the national government for its steady support for LGU to be more progressive.
Local property valuation reform
Together with the 21 pioneer local government units (LGUs), UP Open University, and other supporting national government agencies, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed to professionalize local government property valuation that would lead to sustainable revenue generation for the country. Also present during the signing were representatives from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), who financed the project.
The LGRP is designed to support the development of local government units’ capacity to provide local public service and improve their performance in local governance by enhancing the mobilization of local government revenue. The project is expected to professionalize local assessors, establish a database and information system for property valuation, improve real property taxation in selected LGUs, and institutionalize development and policy support for property valuation.
The Institute of Continuing Professional Development (ICPD) under the Open University System (OUS) is expected to develop the local assessors’ competencies with necessary knowledge and skills in real estate management. Meanwhile, the College of Business Administration (CBA) will ensure strategic management of the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management from curriculum planning and design to implementation, monitoring, and control.
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