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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
THERE is this proposal that I read the other day about having a tax holiday for the country. It is a wonderful idea for the benefit of taxpayers, but it is also like a death knell for our country and people.
How could anyone ever support a nation without its people contributing for the country’s upkeep? Whoever thought of a nation being supported by one businessman or businessmen on their own resources without expecting anything in return, unless it is totalitarian nation?
The proposal appears to me to be an offshoot to the infamous pork barrel scam that has dragged down a lot of people from senators and congressmen, and a good number of supposed business “geniuses” who have been able to make money from the government coffers without shedding tiny drops of sweat through bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) and some imagined public debts that are supported also by imagined well-made fake documents and passed off as genuine.
In any case, the tremendous howl from the people who realized they are being made fools by some of the leaders they had trusted with the managing the affairs of their country has placed, in a manner of saying, the Philippines in a state of abject confusion. In fact, according to a recent Social Weather Station survey (SWS), “half of Pinoys think they are poor."
With Congress having many of its members placed in a cloud of suspicion as astute manipulators of their so-called allowances, otherwise known as pork barrel, how can anyone think positively about us?
Right now, the fate of the traditional allowances that used to be accepted as a privilege to the lawmakers for them to use or grant to constituents at will, have become a sort of “dirty word” in both Houses of Congress. Many are now hell-bent on “abolishing” it as if it is a kind of trouble maker in the legislature.
And yet, if one should come down and study it closely, it is a quick source of infrastructure projects fund. It is the “user” really, not the fund that is the basic problem.
Many columns ago, I pointed out that the work on Cebu’s Transcentral Highway has been going on despite the barangay elections ban, simply because the project is necessary and important to the economy and national development. The safety of commuters is most important, and the road has claimed so many lives already through accidents, including touring Iranian students.
Where did the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) or Cebu Province get the funds?
Likewise, it is said that the earthquake last Oct. 15, wrought havoc on schools in Cebu and Bohol, putting to question the safety and security of some 3,500 classrooms in the two provinces. In fact, some schools that were supposed to open a couple of weeks ago decided to close until last Monday, Nov. 4.
I think that one way to show immediate concern is for the government to undertake quick repairs. But where will government get the funds? There is such a program that our President has generated for that. It is called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). But he is being crucified for that.
No kidding now, where do we go from here?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 06, 2013.