Chatto urges bgy govts To be IRA independent

CAPITOL is coordinating with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in designing
capacity building trainings for barangay officials.

Governor Edgar Chatto revealed during his weekly radio program that along the resource generation
policy of the provincial government, he would urge newly elected barangay officials to seek out other
resources and find other income sources rather than rely on the Internal Revenue Allotment.

While saying that the interior and local governments have their capacity training modules to
capacitate local officials, towns and provinces, Chatto hinted that Capitol can come in and enrich the
modules to empower local governments in their revenue generation tasks.

The local dependence on the IRA has been a noted situation in almost all local governments, he told
media during his weekly forum carried live over local radio stations.

“We can meet so we can come up with measures on how to come up with a wider capacity for
resource generation,” Chatto said.

Chatto also stressed that along with the trainings, the new officials must understand that beyond
seeking more tax legislation measures, there is such a thing as efficient tax collection that can prop
up the fiscal capacity of the barangays.

We can be dependent on the IRA from the start but we shall struggle to stand and attain
independence in the end, he urges local elected leaders.

Meanwhile, in efforts to initially give clues to barangay officials who will start their official amdnates
on December 1, a radio program called “Pamuhis” has been airing at DyTR every Saturday from 4:00
to 4:30.

Anchored by the Philippine Information Agency, the program attempts to educate local government
officials especially barangay dads on the revenue sources for barangays and their possible areas for
widening its tax base.

The program, funded by the national government hopes to engage local governments to generate
income from their own sources and hopefully prop up the government’s fiscal capacity to implement
priority programs and projects. (PIABohol)

DILG awards P2M each for Balilihan, Catigbian towns

TWO Bohol towns are P2 million pesos richer after the Department of Interior and Local Government
(DILG) rewards them for their good performance in governance.

The honor also goes to Bohol for being the only province with two town winners among the 15
innovative local government units in governance.

Obtaining for each, a seal of good housekeeping for local government units are Catigbian and
Balilihan towns.

Both are also reportedly included in the DILG’s first 100 days accomplishment report to President
Benigno Simeon Aquino.

Catigbian and Balililihan were last categorized as fourth class towns, or are among those whose
average income is less than P30 million.

The Bohol towns are among the 15 LGUs picked for this year’s awards, which also include Anilao
in Iloilo; Balete in Aklan; Clarin in Misamis Occidental; Damulog, in Bukidnon; Datu Paglas in
Maguindanao.

Leon B. Postigo of Zamboanga del Norte; Mobo of Masbate; Naawan of Misamis Oriental; Pitogo of
Quezon Province; San Agustin of Surigao del Sur; Santol of La Union; Sto. Domingo of Albay and
Tampilisan town of Zamboanga del Norte.

Earlier, the DILG put up the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) to motivate local government units
further in their efforts to excel in governance.

Winners would be judged according to the Local Governance Performance Management System,
which has become a guide for LGUs to complete their state of local governance report and the state
of development report.

Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo as cited in reports said 15 LGUs successfully obtained the seal of
good housekeeping – meaning they exhibited strong performance in key areas of governance – and
received P2 million each.

He said the seal of good housekeeping was completed and is currently used to identify LGUs
that exhibit strong performance in the key governance areas of planning, fiscal management,
transparency and accountability and value performance monitoring, he was quoted by Philstar.

Recently, Robredo again encouraged local government officials to disclose their local budget and
finances in an effort to promote greater accountability and transparency in their fund utilization and
financial transactions. (PIABohol)

P-Noy endorses youth representation in Barangay council

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III is optimistic that the youth will have a more pro-active role in governance with the proposal to have one youth representative in the Barangay council instead of the customary eight in the Sanggunian Kabataan.

In a press briefing at the new executive building in Malacañang last Wednesday, the President said the proposal to have a sectoral representative voted by the youth to the Barangay Council will give the sector equal participation in advancing their advocacies.

The Chief Executive said that in a lot of areas, the members of the Sanggunian Kabataan are treated as second class citizens by the Barangay Council. He said that having a youth representative in the Barangay Council will give the sector the same privilege as any other kagawad.

The President disclosed that he had already tasked the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to optimize the youth’s participation in governance.

Earlier President Aquino endorsed the proposal calling for the abolition of the SK council to save government additional expenses. (PIA/PCOO)

Palace stands pat on policy vs vanity billboards

Malacanang is standing by its directive of prohibiting officials from placing their names and images in government project billboards and reminded those who are opposing it, that it is the people’s money being used in those projects.

“I think the message of the President is very clear; This is not the money of this administration, it’s not the money of the members of Congress, it is the money of tax payers,” according to Secretary Ricky Carandang of Presidential Communications Development And Strategic Planning office.

Last Monday, minority congressmen in the House of Representatives met with Department Of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson to voice out their opposition to President Benigno S. Aquino’s directive not to place their names and pictures on project billboards.

Last week in accordance with the President’s instructions, DPWH issued Department Order 37, banning the placement of names and pictures of officials on government projects.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) followed suit by banning the names and pictures of politicians from project billboards and government patrol vehicles.

Carandang stressed that it is within the departments’ authority to issue memos pertaining to the banning of names and images on government projects.

He said the congressmen can question the memos but until proven otherwise, Carandang added, the order will stand. (PIA/PCOO)

Barangay elections to push through in October

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III wants the barangay elections to push through as scheduled this October.

Briefing mediamen in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President does not see any compelling reason to defer the barangay elections on October 25 this year.

“Regarding the barangay elections, the preference of the President is for the barangay elections to push through in October,” Lacierda said.

To save on funds, Lacierda said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is proposing the synchronization of the barangay polls with the national elections on May 2013.

The DILG is also proposing the election of only one Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) representative instead of eight in the barangay council.

Senator Miguel Zubiri and House minority leader Rep. Edcel Lagman have filed separate bills seeking the postponement of this year’s barangay and SK polls to October 2012.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is earmarking at least P3.2 billion for the October 25 barangay elections in some 43,000 villages in the country. (PIA-Bohol)