NPM 138-2014

Requesting Entity: Municipality of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro

Issues Concern: Engagement of External Legal Counsel by a Municipality



Clearance on whether the Municipality can contract the services of an external counsel.

At the outset, we wish to clarify that the GPPB has no authority to grant clearances relative to the engagement of a private counsel by a local government unit. At best, the GPPB and its Technical Support Office may only render contemporaneous interpretation and construction of the provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 and its revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) pursuant to its quasi-legislative fiat, and issue rules and regulations pursuant to its rule-making power .