Tagaytay City – 28 July 2022. The Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) Central and Regional Office Directors, Division Chiefs, and members of the Project Management Unit (PMU) and Project Management Implementation System (PMIS) of the Local Governance Reform Project (LGRP) convened for a three-day transition and strategic planning workshop to develop plans and recommendations in the next ten (10) months on 13 to 16 July 2022 at the Alta D’ Tagaytay, Tagaytay City, Cavite.

BLGF Executive Director Niño Raymond B. Alvina commended the people behind the project for the collective efforts in overcoming the challenges in the past twelve months.

“I am confident that the LGRP will reach greater heights and will transform a lot of lives as we empower local governments to be financially self-sufficient through an enhanced quality of real property valuation and tax administration”, Executive Director Alvina said in his opening remarks.

Alvina also reported the project’s accomplishments and targets for the year 2022: (a) training firm to be onboarded by Q3 2022; (b) Finance, Administrative, and Technical Support (FATS), including the Individual Consultants (ICs), at 15 percent completion to be onboarded by Q4 2022; (c) individual experts for the e-learning tool design and development to be onboarded within Q3 and Q4 2022; and (d) procurement for the construction of the valuation training center (VTC) to be awarded by December 2022.

“We are already seeing momentum building in the commitments we have set, and these changes are quite encouraging, despite the hurdles and challenges we are facing, and we would be facing in the next years to come”, the Executive Director said.

The LGRP is a four-year loan project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which aims to improve local government revenue mobilization, strengthen local public service delivery and local governance. The project is targeted to be completed by December 2024.