DILG and the policy on local governments

The State shall ensure the autonomy of local governments. For this purpose, it shall provide for a more responsive and accountable local government structure instituted through a system of decentralization. The allocation of powers and resources to local government units shall be promoted, and interlocal government grouping, consolidation and coordination of resources shall be encouraged. The State shall guarantee the local government units their just share in national taxes and their equitable share in proceeds from the use of natural resources, and afford them a wider latitude for resources generation.

The Department of Interior and Local Government shall assist the President in the exercise of general supervision over local governments and in ensuring autonomy, decentralization and community empowerment. (Administrative Code of 1987)