The Local Government Code of 1991 mandates each local government unit to prepare a comprehensive multi-sectoral development plan to be initiated by its Local Development Council (LDC) and approved by its Sanggunian. The Department of the Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG) has been conducting activities to strengthen functionality of LDCs to align development plans and the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) particularly their corresponding investment programs with the national, regional and provincial strategic priorities.  This is part of DILG’s contribution to the localization of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year, only priority programs and projects that can directly contribute to the PDP 2017-2022 shall be considered in the budgets of the Regional Line Agencies, in compliance with the General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2018 Special Provision on the use of the Support to Local Governance Program (SLGP) and in support to Section 2.5 of the recently approved National Budget Memorandum (NBM) No. 129, ‘National Budget Call For FY 2019’.
In line with this, the DILG through the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD) developed a review tool and mechanism- the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) Review Guide.
“The CDP Review Guide will enable provinces to exercise their oversight functions in objectively assessing the compliance of its component cities and municipalities to the CDP formulation guidelines and also provide a mechanism to check and inform the vertical alignment of the CDPs with the PDPFP and provincial strategic priorities to facilitate plan augmentation and complementation.” said DILG R6 Maria Calpiza Sardua.
Prior to the operationalization and institutionalization of the CDP Review Guide, preparatory activities were undertaken for its enhancement and finalization. Said review guide was subjected to a series of consultations last year in order to solicit additional comments/inputs from concerned stakeholders. As a final preparatory activity prior to its roll-out, a pilot-run was conducted at the Grand Tower Suites, in Iloilo City from February 28-March 2, 2018.
The Province of Guimaras is strategically identified as pilot province due to 100% compliance of their respective municipalities in relation to CDP preparation. Further, the relatively smaller number of municipalities of the province will provide for a more focused and manageable review exercises.

In attendance to the pilot-run activity are the members of the Provincial Review Team composed of the DILG Provincial Focal Persons and representatives from the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Provincial Health Office (PHO), Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), Provincial Social Work and Development Office (PSWDO), Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Provincial Trade and Industry Office (PTIO), Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), Provincial Budget Office (PBO) and Provincial Engineering Office (PEO). The Provincial Review Team will review and assess the CDPs of component municipalities in terms of the form, process, and content using the prescribed CDP Review Guide.
Also present are the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of Guimaras, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), DILG Central Office (BLGD) representatives and observers from Regional Inter-Agency Teams (NEDA, DBM and BLGF) and DILG Regional Focal Persons of Non-Pilot Regions who are the reactors during each of the presentation of the review outputs and will observe the process and apply the same to their respective regions.
According to DILG R6 CDP Regional Focal Person Christian Nagaynay, the experiences and learnings in the pilot run are expected to draw out additional recommendations and inputs that would contribute to the finalization of the CDP Review Guide and the development of its corresponding policy cover before it is rolled-out and disseminated to all provinces.