Lacson Eyes ‘Bottom Up’ Solution To Prevent Budget Insertions

Lacson Eyes ‘Bottom Up’ Solution To Prevent Budget Insertions

Spotlight

Globe Recreates The Holiday Season With #ChristmasWeLove Live Pop-Up

Join Globe as they celebrate the holiday season with #ChristmasWeLove - a series of live digital pop ups featuring fun activities for your family and friends!

Republic Cement Launches Co-Processing Solution Amid PH Waste Management Crisis

Through ecoloop, Republic Cement aims to help address the waste management crisis of the country.

Recreate The Holidays Right At Home Best With Globe At Home Unli Plans

Make your virtual get-togethers possible with Globe At Home UNLI Plans!

SM – Pasay Tech Voc Scholarship Program Launched

With the launch of the SM - Pasay Tech-Voc Scholarship Program, a full tech-voc scholarship will be awarded to 20 students from financially challenged families.

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday said there is a need to download resources directly to local government units (LGUs) to prevent lawmakers from making insertions in the budget and provide for a more equitable distribution of resources.

In a televised interview, Lacson pointed out that congressmen and district representatives, especially those at loggerheads with their governors and mayors, would rather insert budgetary appropriations for their districts when the National Expenditure Program is submitted to the House of Representatives.

“Whereas the more practical, and I think this is a wiser solution, sa (in) budget appropriations, is bottom-up,” he said.

Lacson said downloading resources to LGUs would address the “disconnect” in budget appropriations.

The vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Finance pointed out that projects endorsed or initiated by the Regional Development Councils (RDCs) constitute only 20 percent to 25 percent of the appropriations law, whereas agency-initiated proposals constitute the remaining 75 percent to 80 percent.

“Who would know better the needs and priorities of the communities than LGUs? So when the local development councils – from barangay, municipal, city and provincial – submit their local development plans all the way to RDC to be incorporated, pag nagkaroon ng budget call, yan dapat ang priorities because yan ang pinag-aralan sa baba (these should be the priorities during the budget call because these were evaluated on the ground),” he said.

“Sa implementation ang nangyayari, there are local projects na devolved ang function sa mga LGUs. And yet the implementing agencies, national government. So why don’t we just download the resources to the provincial, municipal, city? Sila nakakaalam ng pangangailangan sa baba (They are the ones who know what they needed),” Lacson said.

Lacson said he has filed a bill called Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) that would reverse the distribution of resources from national to local.

He said the measure is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s objective in eyeing a federal form of government but without the need for a Charter change.

“All we need to do is download and have a more equitable distribution of resources to make the LGUs compete with each other in terms of development,” the senator said.

“Right now, LGUs can only utilize 20 percent of their internal revenue allotment (IRA) for development. But if we download resources for their development, sila na mag-implement (they will be the ones to implement it),” Lacson said. (PNA)

Manila Youth Officials Build Free Bike Repair Stations

A bicycle repair station was put up by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Barangay 870 in Pandacan, Manila to help bikers free of charge.

Performances, Games Await Pinoy Fans In Brightwin’s Live Virtual Fan Meet

Join the ultimate bonding experience with "2gether" stars Bright Vachirawit and Win Metawin at their virtual fan meet on December 5, 5PM. Click the link below for more details:

DTI Provides Livelihood Aid To Fireworks Enterprises In Bulacan

At least 36 residents involved in the pyrotechnics/fireworks industry received some PHP10,000 worth of livelihood package as part of DTI's livelihood assistance program.

Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout In PH Eyed In March 2021

Good news! There’s a high possiblity that COVID-19 vaccines will be available in the country as early as March 2021.

UNGA President Calls For Joint Efforts To Fight ‘Infodemic’

"Covid-19 is a communications crisis. It is not simply a pandemic. It is an 'infodemic.' And this has cost lives," says United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir.

Kira Finds Out About Sam’s Child With Jodi

Catch Ellice and Marissa as they square off in the coming episodes of "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin," airing nightly at 8:40 PM on A2Z channel.

OPM Legends Aegis And Ogie Alcasid Headline Musical Offerings On KTX.PH This December

Relive two of the most memorable OPM concerts in recent years as KTX.PH offers the ultimate viewing experience!

DOST-6 Revives ‘Nutribun’ To Address Malnutrition

Muling magbabalik ang Nutribun!

Cebu City To Distribute 15K Cash Cards To Seniors This Month

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) on Thursday turned over to the city government of Cebu around 15,000 cash cards to be distributed to senior citizens this month.

Over 103K Cebu City Residents Tested For Covid-19 So Far

According to EOC data, the total number of tested individuals in Cebu City already reached 103,568 since April this year.