PCL official amenable to giving PDAF to LGUs-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
PHILIPPINE Councilors League (PCL) national chairman Alan Zulueta said it is his advocacy that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), should be given to local government units (LGU).
Zulueta said instead of giving 40 percent Internal Revenue Allotment, the National Government should give the LGU’s 60 percent.
“Why deprive us of the power to deliver basic services or scholarship and other programs?” he asked.
Section 16 of the Local Government Code is very specific that it is the responsibility of the LGU to deliver basic services, he said.
Zulueta believes the new local officials are qualified to perform the task.
“That is why we have a lot of standardization of higher salaries, enticing good people to join the government, as long as we change the system,” Zulueta said, as he believe there are good people in the government like in Bacolod City.
He cited that Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella was the first vice chairman of PCL and Representative Evelio Leonardia (lone district, Bacolod) was the former charter member of PCL.
PCL national vice president Jesus “Bong” Suntay said LGUs are affected because of the controversy involving the P10 billion PDAF scam. There are a lot of good leaders on the local level. But because of what happened in Congress, their budget now is over-scrutinized. The delivery of basic services is being hampered because of the over-scrutiny on how the LGU releases and utilizes its budget.
He added they have no lump sum appropriation but theirs is itemized on how they utilize their General Appropriations for a year. Because of what is happening we are very much affected and of course our constituents, he stressed.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 28, 2013.