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Mandanas Ruling may affect access to health services


TLF Sexuality, Health and Rights Educators Collective or TLF Share said on Tuesday that Filipinos’ access to health services may be affected once the Mandanas Ruling takes effect in 2022 and more functions are devolved to local government units (LGU).


The Mandanas Ruling, a landmark Supreme Court decision in 2018, affirmed that LGUs are

entitled to a “just share” on all national taxes collected and not only from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). With its implementation in 2022, it is projected that LGUs will have a 27.61 percent increase in the overall internal revenue allotment (IRA) shares.


“Healthcare will be one of the core functions to be further devolved to local government units,” said TLF Share President Ferdi Buenviaje. “This includes bigger roles for LGUs in HIV and AIDS response, health financing, and health promotion,” he added.


The Department of Health (DOH) should provide capacity-building for LGUs in their bigger role in healthcare, according to TLF Share. “Once the Mandanas Ruling takes effect, we need to make sure that health services remain uninterrupted and even improved,” said Buenviaje.


Civil society organizations (CSOs), especially those working in the local government level, should also be “empowered to participate in local planning and budgeting”, according to the health rights group.


“The Mandanas Ruling not only empowers local government units. It should also serve as a

mandate for participatory local governance,” said Buenviaje.


“The people should be heard and listened to by their local leaders in implementing policies and programs that affect their well-being,” he concluded.


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