The Philippine Supreme Court has issued its final ruling on the landmark case lodged by Representative Hermilando Mandanas, et al. vs. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., et al./ Representative Enrique Garcia, Jr. vs. Ochoa, et al. on April 10, 2019. The highest tribunal held that the base for the computation of the just share of the Local Government Units is not only the National Internal Revenue Taxes, but all other national taxes collected such as customs duties. It was also decided that this ruling will have a prospective application.


The School of Graduate Studies, through its Master of Public Affairs Program, sponsored a series of lectures on the implications of the Supreme Court Ruling on the further devolution of basic services and major functions to local government units. The lectures were conducted every Saturday from October 30 to November 13, 2021, via Zoom and streamed live via Facebook and YouTube. Below is the list of topics and speakers:   

October 30, 2021

An Overview of the Philippine Local Autonomy

DR. JENNIFER SAN JOSE, Program Director of MPA & MBA Programs, PSU

Salient Features of the Mandanas Ruling

DIR. MELODY RELUCIO, Provincial Director, Camarines Sur, DILG

November 6, 2021

Implications to Local Autonomy & Governance

DR. BERNADETTE GUMBA, Dean of the Graduate School, PSU

Operationalization at the LGU Level

CHARLIE BALAGTAS, Public Information Officer, PSU

November 13, 2021

Implications to the Local Economy

ROLAN JON BULAO, Director, Institute of Economics, PSU

Implications to Countryside Development

MARIA CHRISTINA GUMBA, Director, Coastal & Wetland Ecosystem Center, PSU

The SGS would like to thank the PSU President Dr. Raul Bradecina, VP for Research, Extension and Knowledge Management Ms. Patricia Candelaria, University Extension Office Director Ms. Rosemarie Tabardillo, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Camarines Sur. The activity was made possible because of the generous efforts of the Organizing Committee headed by Dr. Jennifer San Jose, ably assisted by Jonjon Cronico, Mely Joy Pacay, Andy Abrigo, Cyril Dela Vega, Kennedy Cuya, Mary Jane Abay, Alvin Valenzuela, Mark Lyndon Garcia, and Jaymar Briones. Important roles were also taken by Ms. Nora Bacares, Dr. Mariel Estrella, and Dr. Maria Wendy Solomo.  


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