Authored by: Kebart P. Licayan
The Mandanas Ruling provides a double-edged sword in local autonomy. On the one hand, it allows local governments to express their local autonomy by fully devolving certain national functions. Many local governments, on the other hand, are still unprepared for such a transition, although EO 138 mandates them to do so due to (1) varying capacities, (2) weak institutions, and (3) clientelist politics. This study looks at potential options that LGUs can use to address their concerns about devolution. Special attention will be given to the non-traditional security issues such as social services, health, and investment in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
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