House bill to stop delays in barangay services-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
MANILA -- A week before the nationwide barangay elections, a member of Congress on Monday seeks to improve the flow of resources and funding to the country's smallest political unit.
Zambales Representative Jeffrey Khonghun said he intends to file a bill in the House of Representatives amending Section 164 of the Local Government Code to ensure that there are no delays in the service provided by barangays.
Under the Local Government Code, proceeds of the community tax collected by the city or municipal treasurer shall accrue entirely to the general fund of the city or municipality concerned. Of the amount, fifty percent shall be appropriated to the barangay where the tax is collected.
Khonghun however said that in practice, the city or municipality would hand over the said funds usually after a long waiting period and only when the barangay asks for it.
"The current system where barangays have to beg for additional funding from the municipal or city leaders must stop. This will just be a cause of delays in the delivery of services," Khonghun said.
Khonghun his bill would help hasten the process of allocating funds to the barangay by retaining half of the collected community tax in their area of jurisdiction.
"Our barangays play a crucial role in nation building because more often, they serve as the face of the government, thus the need for them to have sufficient funding to be able to perform their duties well," the lawmaker, a former mayor, said. (Sunnex)