Sara wants more gov’t aid for LGUs

March 2, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 334 views

LAKAS-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte is pushing for additional support to local government units (LGUs) to further strengthen and develop the economies of cities and towns across the country.

The push was made by Duterte during the meeting of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Tuesday night at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, which was also attended by some of the senatorial candidates of the UniTeam.

“LGUs’, including, and especially municipalities, need national government assistance in developing financial stability and building up operational capacity to enable official response to crises without sacrificing priority programs and projects,” said Duterte, Lakas-CMD chairperson.

Duterte and her presidential tandem former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) has been pushing for equitable development in the local government level, beginning in the villages as they stressed that no Filipino should be left behind in the country’s economic development.

By prioritizing assistance to LGUs geared at improving their economic and financial standing, Duterte said that towns and municipalities would be more than ready and capable to meet head on and address the effects of natural disasters and calamities.

Duterte noted that while the “Mandanas ruling” has been implemented this year, “many LGUs are still disadvantaged for geographic areas or other reasons,” including those that have been ravaged by calamities.

The Mandanas decision by the Supreme Court (SC) in 2019 declared that the computation for the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of LGUs must include all national taxes as sources and not only the National Internal Revenue Taxes (NIRT), thus increasing the monetary shares of LGUs from the national government.

“Therefore, no municipality should be excluded from continued national government assistance when the need arises. While we all come from different provinces, speak different dialects and come from different political parties, the needs of our people are the same,” Duterte said.

These needs, Duterte said include a “peaceful way of life, access to education and healthier, resilience in times of disaster, the dignity of work and a stable and secure future for our families.”

The vice presidential candidate also pushed for income reclassification among the LGUs as part of the measures to improve their economic and financial standing.

“I support calls for the income re-classification of municipalities,” Duterte said, adding that “as the economic portfolio of municipalities improved your towns will be more viable to investments paving the way for the rise of industries and employment opportunities.”

Duterte declared that “stronger municipalities lead to stronger provinces” and “stronger provinces lead to a stronger Philippines.”

While acknowledging that they come from different political backgrounds, Duterte told the local chief executives that they must work together as they all share the same vision for Filipinos.

“Therefore, despite our differences, we must come together for our common purpose. I am one of you, and I am one with you in working to promote a peaceful and progressive way of life for our people,” Duterte said.