DIVINA M. CORPUZ       OIC – Regional Director

Greetings!

Known as the lush central prairies, the rice basket of the Philippines, welcome to Central Luzon!

          Undoubtedly, technology has delivered and is continuously providing a very important role not only in inter-connecting this “super” region, comprised of 7 provinces, 14 cities and 116 municipalities, but more significant in the Bureau’s thrust of promoting financial stability and growth among local governments by conveying relevant information, accurate data and speedy services to local treasurers and assessors, various government oversight agencies and to the general public.

      With this website, we hope that the bureau will be able to provide vital information as regards continuing developments and changes in the fields of treasury and assessment operations. This is in line with our mandate as a focal agency and an authority in local finance that aims to be at the forefront of local economic growth leading the way towards national development.

 


ABOUT US

VISION/MISSION

     Bureau of Local Government Finance of the Department of Finance is the focal agency and an authority in local finance that aims to be the forefront of local economic growth, leading the way towards national development.

GOALS

  • To support national development programs and priorities
  • To provide administrative and technical support to local treasury and assessment
  • To provide consultative/technical assistance to the local government units for them to attain financial stability and growth
  • To enable LGUs to deliver essential services more efficiently and effectively
  • To continuously develop effective and responsive organizational internal processes
  • To sustainably empower BLGF employees

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PROFILE OF THE REGION

Political Subdivision


Province Capital Population(2007) Area(km)
Aurora Baler City 187,802 3,147.32
Bataan Balanga City 662,153 1,372.98
Bulacan Malolos City 2,826,936 2,774.85
Nueva Ecija Palayan City 1,853,853 5,751.33
Pampanga San Fernando City 1,911,951 1,984.72
Tarlac Tarlac City 1,243,449 2,736.64
Zambales Iba City 493,085 3,529.40

 

 

Climate


        The study conducted by the Manila Observatory and commissioned by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2007, provides a view of changing climatic conditions in the country across regions and provinces. The results indicate:

  • surface temperature increases that are consistent with in rainfall distribution;
  • local variations rainfall distribution;
  • acceleration of sea level rise;
  • typhoon occurrences.

Dry season in the Region is from November to May. On the other hand, during the months of July to October rains normally occur.

The increases in regional land and sea surfaces temperature in the past 40 years observed by Manton, et.al. (2001) led the Manila Observatory (2007) to predict more hot days and warm nights with fewer cold days and nights in the coming years.

Central Luzon is predicted to have low risk in terms of projected temperature increases except for the province of Pampanga which has medium risk.

 

Languages and Dialects


Provinces Language and Dialect
Aurora Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan,English
Bataan Tagalog, Kapampangan, English
Bulacan Bulakenyo, Bulake�o (Filipino) or Bulaque�o (Spanish),English
Nueva Ecija Tagalog, English, Kapampangan, Ilocano, Pangasinan
Pampanga Kapampangan, Tagalog, English
Tarlac Kapampangan, Tagalog, Ilocano, Pangasinan, English
Zambales Sambal, Ilocano, Pangasinan, Tagalog, Kapampangan, English

 

Major Industries


Major IndustriesAgricultureCentral Luzon continues to be one of the country´s agricultural pillars, ranking second following Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Quezon (CALABARZON) in contribution to the Gross Value Added (GVA) in Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry (AFF) with share of 10 percent.The region in fact leads in the production of its staple, i.e. rice, and in onion and okra production.Central Luzon has the biggest area devoted to rice production and accounts for about 21 percent of the national irrigated palay output. The province of Nueva Ecija contributes nearly half (48%) of the region´s palay output.Onion production in the region tops all other regional production with share of the national output at 57 percent.Central Luzon also takes the lead in okra production with a share of 36 percent in the national output.It also has the largest area among regions planted to carabao mango at about 25,000 hectares and the biggest number of bearing trees.Region 3 is also a major producer � being in the top five or ten among regions � of tomato, garlic, eggplant, peanut, mongo and camote (sweet potato).The region plays a major role in fish supply as it ranks fourth in aquaculture production and fifth in inland municipal fishing.In poultry and livestock:

Product Percentage
Chicken 34%
Hog 15%
Duck 29%
Chicken Egg 19%
Duck Egg 24%

Industry and Services

Pampanga and Zambales account for bulk of exports and investments in the region.

Region 3 ranks third in share of Micro-Small and Medium-Enterprises (MSMEs)in the entire country.

Relative to the national economy, Central Luzon ranks third in the country in terms of contribution to the GVA in the industry sector while fifth in the services sector following National Capital Region (NCR), CALABARZON, Central Visayas and Western Visayas.

Tourism

Increasing visitor arrival at an average annual rate of 8.5 percent over the last 10 years.

Bulk of the regional visitors converge in Zambales and Pampanga (59% and 23% in 2009, respectively)

Domestic or local tourists make up for a significant share (73%) of the regions visitors.

Mining

Region 3, particularly Zambales, has been identified as one of 12 areas exhibiting strong mineral potential.

Small scale mining primarily involves quarrying of sand and gravel.

Nickel production shows fluctuation as it follows demand in the world market.

 

Specialty Food


 

Specialty Foods
BULACAN

  • Bulacan is known for its sweet delicacies such as breads and other pastries
  • Enseimada or ensaymada is one of the popular products of Bulacan. This is sweetened bread that looks like a large snail
  • suman

BATAAN

  • the famed smoked fish called tinapa
  • tuyo (dried fish)
  • bagoong (fermented shrimp paste)
  • own version of the classic Southeast Asian sour soup, Sinigang na Manok sa Ayo.

PAMPANGA

  • Buro/fermented rice with small shrimps
  • Betute (stuffed frog)
  • Kamaru (mole crickets sauteed in garlic and onion)
  • Sisig (Pork cheek, grilled to a crunchy perfection, chopped and mixed with chicken liver, onions, calamansi and fresh sili)
  • Pindang Babi o Damulag (Sweet cured pork or carabeef)
  • Burung Talangka (Fat or salt-preserved little crabs}
  • bringhe

ZAMBALES

  • The most famous delight of Zambales is its sweet, sumptuous mangoes
  • Felipe, this Zambales version of chicharon is crispy and too delicious to describe.
  • Ginipa is a native delicacy of the northernmost town of Zambales, made of conspicuously dried rice grains flavored with a uniquely sweet concoction to taste.
  • Zambales pastilles are made from fresh carabao milk
  • Popular dubbed by locals as linga, this is actually sesame candies

AURORA

  • Suman
  • native coconut vinegar (sukang sasa)
  • fermented coconut wine (lambanog)
  • native pickled papaya (atsara)
  • banana chips

TARLAC

  • Lechon Kawali popularly known as Chicharon
  • Sinigang na ulang

NUEVA ECIJA

  • Tinapa or smoked fish
  • Diningdeng-a concoction of vegetables & fish sauce
  • boiled kamote tops
  • Goat (kalding) is a common treat for all occasions. It is a common ingredient on dishes such as pinapaitan, kilawin & adobo.
  • Sweets like tinudok, espasol,puto, tambutambong, tupig, kalamay, ginataang bayabas and Ingkiwar.
  • Exotic foods like Tapang usa or venison , Baboy-ramo or wild hog meat, Abu-os   ant egg

 

Famous Activities/Festivals


Famous Activities/Festivals
SUMAN FESTIVAL

  • February 17-19 / Baler, Aurora (3 hours from Manila by land)
  • A parade of uniquely designed floats. Main streets and homes are decked with suman, a native delicacy.

PULILAN CARABAO FESTIVAL

  • May 14 / Pulilan, Bulacan (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land)
  • A thanksgiving fiesta that features oiled, perfumed carabaos paying homage to Pulilan”s patron saint by kneeling in front of his statue.

OBANDO FERTILITY RITES

  • May 17-19 / Obando, Bulacan ( 1 1/2 hours from Manila by land)
  • Childless couples, praying that they bear children, do the “fertility dance” on the streets of Obando. The fiesta is observed in honor of Sta. Clara, San Pascual and Virgen de Salambao.

MALUMAGPAK CHALLENGE

  • May 26-30 / New Bataan, Compostela Valley (1 hour 45 minutes from Manila to Davao City by air; 2 hours from Davao City to New Bataan by land)
  • A trek to Mt. Manurigao-Malumagpak, one of the region”s newly discovered eco-tourism destinations.

CALUMPIT “LIBAD” FESTIVAL

  • June 23 / Calumpit, Bulacan (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land)
  • A celebration in honor of the patron saint St. John the Baptist.

TAONG PUTIK

  • June 24 / Aliaga, Nueva Ecija (4 hours 30 minutes from Manila by land)
  • A religious event where town folks wear vines, banana leaves or dried coconut leaves on their mud-covered bodies as St. John the Baptist was said to have done in his lifetime.

FIESTANG KULIAT

  • October 01-31/ Angeles City (1 hour 30 minutes from Manila by land)
  • A month-long celebration of the twin fiestas of Angeles City, namely La Naval and Fiestang Apu.

GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL

  • December 15-31 / San Fernando, Pampanga (1 hour from Manila by land)
  • An annual competition and parade of the biggest, most spectacular lanterns around 40 feet in diameter and bearing thousands of light bulbs per piece.

 

TREASURY AND ASSESMENT REPORTS

LOCAL SOURCES

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INVENTORY OF BUSINESS TAX PAYERS & REAL PROPERTY TAX PAYERS

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WRITE-UPS/ARTICLES AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL DATA

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EXAMINATION OF LOCAL TREASURY OPERATIONS

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ASSESSMENT EXAMINATION & EVALUATION REPORTS

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STATUS OF SMV UPDATING AND GENERAL REVISION

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STATUS OF LOCAL REVENUE CODE UPDATING

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STATEMENT OF INDEBTEDNESS AND POST BORROWING REPORT

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BLGF Regional Citizens Charter
Debt Service Ceiling

ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE ON DEBT SERVICE CEILING (REGIONAL OFFICE)


The issuance of Certificate on Debt Service Capacity of the LGUs is in conjunction with the Bureau´s LGU Debt Service Certification System, which determines the maximum amount an LGU can allocate for debt service. LGUs are issued certifications for their borrowing and debt service capacities as a requirement for sub-loan projects.

The procedure below defines the steps to be undertaken in the issuance of Certificate on Debt Service Ceiling (Borrowing Capacity) of LGUs

Availability of Service: Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM except on holidays.

Clientele         : Local Government Units, GFIs

How to Avail of the Service:

STEP Customer / Client Service Provider (Offices / Units of BLGF) Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances) Division / Person In-Charge Fees Form / Document
1 Submits Request for Debt Service Ceiling / Borrowing Capacity 20 minutes
2 Receives letter request by the Prov / City / Mun LCE together with documentary requirements 3 minutes Receiving Clerk
3 Records letter request in the log book and attach routing slip for Action Officer 5 minutes Receiving Clerk
4 Routes to Action Officer concerned RD – ARD or duly authorized Officer
5 Evaluates / reviews completeness of documentary requirements

  • if with complete documentary requirements, prepare letter / endorsement to CO for issuance of Certification
  • if not complete or with deficiency, prepare letter to LCE concerned for submission of lacking requirements
2 hours15 minutes15 minutes SpLTE PLM / MGB / MBB
6 Forwards draft / final letter to RD or in her absence, to ARD for signature / approval 10 minutes RD – ARD
7 Records and releases documents 10 minutes AO IV LTD / HRMA EPM
8 Files
END of TRANSACTION
Req. of Cert. on Debt Service Ceiling

Documentary Requirements for the Issuance of Certificate on Debt Service Ceiling (Regional Office)


  1. Statement of Actual Income and Expenditure for the past three (3) years duly certified and audited by the Local Accountant and Auditor with the following supporting documents:
    • Trail Balance
    • Balance Sheet
    • Report of Revenues and Receipts
    • Status of Appropriations, Allotment and Actual Obligations Incurred
  2. Current Year Annual Budget and Annual Investment Plan
  3. Certification of the taxable Assessed Value for the past three (3) years and the date of the last successful conduct of General Revision of Real Property Assessments duly Certified by the Municipal Assessor
  4. Certification of the annual IRA received for the last three (3) immediate Preceding Years (Gross & Net) duly certified by the Local Treasurer
  5. Certification of existing loans, if any, duly certified by the Local Treasurer and / or lending institution with the following details:
    • Kinds of Loans and Other Obligations
    • Purpose of Loans and Other Obligations
    • Name of Lending Institution
    • Date of Approval and Other Maturity
    • Terms and Conditions (Interest rate & no. of years to pay)
    • Annual amortization
    • Latest Balance Loans and Other Obligation
    • Current
    • Arreages
  6. COA Annual Audit Report for the immediate preceding years

STEP Customer / Client Service Provider (Offices / Units of BLGF) Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances) Division / Person In-Charge Fees Form / Document
1 Submits Request for Certification on Income Classification 20 minutes Letter request
2 Receives letter requests by the Pro / City / Mun LCE and other stakeholders 3 minutes
3 Records letter request in the log book and attach routing slip for Action Officer 5 minutes
4 Forwards letter to RD or in her absence, to ARD for scrutiny 2 minutes
5 Routes to Action Officer concerned 5 minutes RD / ARD
6 Prepares letter with attached 20 minutes
7 Certified copy of income class AO IV LTD / HRMA EPM
8 Forwards letter request to RD or in her absence, to ARD for signature / approval 10 minutes RD / ARD
9 Records / releases documents 10 minutes AO IV LTD / HRMA EPM
END of TRANSACTION
Response to Queries

Response to Queries


The procedures below define the steps to be undertaken on queries or requests from the time the queries or other forms of communication are received to the time the responses are recorded.

Availability of Service: Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM except on holidays.

Clientele         : Local Government Units Other Agencies Taxpayers

How to Avail of the Service:

STEP Customer / Client Service Provider (Offices / Units of BLGF) Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances) Division / Person In-Charge Fees Form / Document
1 Client / customer submits the query to the Receiving Officer Records incoming communication / query Ten (10) minutes Any of the following in the receiving area: None Logbook
2 The query goes to the Regional Director for his information and appropriate delegation Fifteen (15) minutes RD Query / letter
3 The query is referred to the concerned Action Officer for appropriate action

  • For simple transaction/s
  • For complex transaction/s
Three (3) to Five (5) minutesOne (1) to Five (5) working days reckoned from receipt thereof Six (6) to Ten (10) working days reckoned from receipt of request. The ten (10) days can be extended depending on the complexity of the query or transaction.
    • ARD

 

    • Or any of the concerned employee

 

Logbook should be initialed by the Action officer upon receipt
4 For review of the draft reply and renders comment.

  • In case of corrections / comments, the draft letter is returned to the concerned action officer for re-drafting
  • In case there are no corrections / comments, the draft will be forwarded to the Regional Director.
Thirty (30) to One (1) hour ARD Draft letter
5 For final evaluation and notation of draft reply Fifteen (15) to Thirty (30) minutes RD Draftletter
6 For finalization Fifteen (15) minutes By concerned action officer Final letter
7 For initial of the communication Fifteen (15) minutes ARD Letter with initial
8 For signature Fifteen (15) minutes RD Letter with signature
9 For recording, sorting and mailing Thirty (30) minutes Records Officer Signed letter / Logbook
10 Files copy and maintains records Records Officer
END of TRANSACTION
Prelim Processing of Appointments

PRELIMINARY PROCESSING OF APPOINTMENTS (Regional Office)


The Bureau by virtue of its mandate supervises the local treasurers nationwide. Relative to this, it processes the appointment of Treasurers and Assistant Treasurers.

The procedure below defines the steps to be undertaken in the preliminary screening / processing of appointments of treasurers and assistant treasurers from the time of submission of qualified recommendees until the endorsement to the BLGF, Central Office for final evaluation and issuance of appointment.

Availability of Service: Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM except on holidays.

Clientele         : Local Government Units

How to Avail of the Service:

STEP CLIENT / CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVIDED DURATION OF ACTIVITY (Under Normal Circumstances) Division / Person In-Charge Fees Form / Document
1 Customer / Client submits a list of three (3) ranking eligible recomm endees together with the documen tary requirements of each in accordance with Sec. 470 and 471 of the LGC of 1991. Receive and records incoming list of recomendees with documentary requirements Ten (10) minutes Any of the following in the receiving area: None Logbook
2 The documents goes to the Regional Director for appropriate delegation Fifteen (15)minutes RD Letter / documents
3 The documents is referred to the concerned Action Officer for appropriate action

  • Pre – evaluates qualifications of the three (3) recommendees to ensure that they all meet the prescribed qualification requirements

– If there are lacking documents, prepares communication to the concerned client

Five (5) days from receipt of complete documents Documen tary require ments
4 Prepares Comparative Evaluation of recommendees and determines their rating after receipt of complete documents Three (3) days after pre – evaluation -do- Compara tive Evaluation Sheet
5 Presentation to the RD the comparative evaluation sheet for the scheduling of deliberation for the Regional PSB.
6 Prepares communication to the Provincial Treasurer concerned to be signed by the RD (member of the PSB) for the schedule of preliminary regional deliberation. Letter
7 The Regional Personnel Selection Board (RPSB) will convene for the preliminary deliberation.

  • Prepares resolution for signature
One (1) hour to Two (2) hours Chairman:
RD
Members:
ARD
PT
RPSB Resolution
8 Prepares endorsement to BLGF, Central Office with the Resolution and the documentary requirements for final evaluation and issuance of appointment Thirty (30) minutes Signed endorse ment & RPSB resolution
9 For recording, sorting and mailing Thirty (30) minutes Records Officer Logbook
10 Files copy and maintains records Records Officer
END of TRANSACTION
Counseling

COUNSELLING (Regional Office)


Availability of Service: Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM except on holidays.

Clientele         : Local Government Units Other Agencies Taxpayers

How to Avail of the Service:

STEP CLIENT / CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVIDED DURATION OF ACTIVITY (Under Normal Circumstances) ACTION OFFICER/S FEES FORM
1 Client / customer asks / inquires from the receiving officer regarding their predicament / query Five (5) minutes Any of the following in the receiving area:
2 Receiving Officer will accompany the client to the Officer concerned. Three (3) minutes
  • RD
  • ARD T
  • or any of the concerned employee
3 The client / customer will confer with the concerned officer / employee their predicament or query on what to do. Thirty (30) minutes to One (1) hour or depending on the complexity of the transaction
  • Concerned action officer
Assistance on Local Treasury & Assessment Operations

Technical Assistance on Local Treasury and Assessment Operations (Regional Office)


The service is designed to provide technical assistance on treasury and assessment operations in terms of revenue generation, local taxation, real property assessments and other related matters and provides information / data to regional line agencies, LGUs, private sector and the general public.

Availability of Service: Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM except on holidays.

Clientele         : The service may be availed by Provincial, City and

Clientele         : Municipal Treasurers and Assessors, Regional Line Agencies, LGUs, private sector and the general public.

How to Avail of the Service:

STEP Customer / Client Service Provider (Offices / Units of BLGF) Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances) Division / Person In-Charge Fees Form / Document
1 Client requests data / information / assistance either by walk – in, phone call or letter. Accepts the call and refer to concerned Section.Accepts walk – in clients and refer to concerned Section. 1 minute1 minute Receiving ClerkReceiving Clerk None
2 Client discusses with concerned staff the requested data / information / assistance requested. Provides data / information / assistance as requested.Accepts and record the letter request.Assigns letter request to Action Officer.Review / evaluate request and prepare action.
simple transaction
complex transactionReview and countersign the prepared action before final signature of the Regional Director.Record the documents before release.Release the documents for mailing.
Minimum of 30 minutes (depending on the coverage of subject matter referred to)5 minutes5 minutesw/in 5 days
w/in 10 days30 minutes5 minutes10 minutes
Action OfficerReceiving ClerkRegional DirectorAction OfficerAsst. Regional Director / Regional DirectorRecords OfficerRecords Officer
END of TRANSACTION
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