A City Governance Transition Team (CGTT) was recently created to ensure the seamless turnover of responsibilities to the incoming administration in the wake of the 2022 National and Local elections.

Incumbent Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte signed Executive Order (EO) No. 17, also known as “An Order Creating And Constituting The City Governance Transition  Team, Defining Its Duties and Responsibilities, And For Other Purposes” on May 5, 2022.

EO 17 cited the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)- issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2022-029 on March 10, 2022, saying that the CGTT will ensure the safekeeping of Local Government Unit (LGU) records and documents and the protection of LGU assets during the election period, and guarantee the smooth local governance transition to new and re-elected local officials.

“There is a need for the City Government of Davao to create a Governance Transition Team to prepare for the effective turnover of responsibilities in order to ensure continuity in local governance after the 2022 National and Local elections,” Mayor Duterte, the Vice President in waiting, said in her EO.

The CGTT shall be composed of the city mayor or her duly authorized representative as the chairperson. The co-chairperson will be elected among the members by a simple majority vote.

All department heads, the DILG city director or city local government operations officer, the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Davao secretary; and the Public Administration Development Committee representatives will also form part of the CGTT as members.

The CGTT members were ordered to name their respective alternate and permanent representatives, who shall take their place during their absence.

The CGTT, as per DILG MC No. 2022-09, is mandated to conduct an inventory of immovable properties such as land, or permanent structures such as buildings, infrastructure facilities and their improvements, and machineries made immovable; and movable properties such as vehicles, office equipment, furniture, fixtures, and office supply, stocks, among others.

The transition team shall also gather, secure, and preserve all official documents and/or records of official transactions of the City Government of Davao; turnover of accountabilities using the prescribed forms, in the case of incoming elected local officials, and update list of accountabilities, in case of re-elected officials; and organize a turnover ceremony for the incoming local officials, including a briefing on the Governance Assessment Report and key challenges, to be conducted on June 30, 2022.

It shall also ensure the accomplishment of the Elective Local Personnel Data Sheet (ELOPDS) by the incoming officials, to be submitted not later than July 11, 2022 to their Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and DILG Field Office; and perform other duties and functions necessary to carry out the purpose of EO 17, Series of 2022.

The City Administrator’s Office is also directed to be the Secretariat who shall handle all CGTT administrative and secretarial functions.

All operational costs of the CGTT shall be sourced from the available funds of the City Government of Davao, subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

For the full provisions of EO 17, Series of 2022, visit   https://www.davaocity.gov.ph/transparency/executive-orders/2022-2/. CIO