Village head hits council

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- A village chief in this city assailed the city council for disapproving an ordinance imposing recreational or amusement fees on establishments in Barangay Malabanias.

Malabanias chairman Reynaldo Nacu Gueco said the Angeles City Council has no power to disapprove a barangay ordinance.

Gueco said the function of the city council is to review and recommend changes or revisions if it finds an ordinance contradicting a national law or city ordinance.

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The village official cited Letter b Section 57 of the Local Government Code, which states that if the city council, if finds the barangay ordinances inconsistent with law or city ordinances, shall return the same with its comments and recommendations to the Sangguniang Barangay concerned for adjustment, amendment, or modification.

Gueco claimed that the city council did not mention specific provisions in the barangay ordinance that are inconsistent with law or city ordinance.

Aside from this, he said the city council did not state any recommendation for the amendment of the barangay amusement ordinance, which was approved by village councilmen last month.

The city council denied Malabanias' recreational fee ordinance stating that “it is contrary to law and beyond the taxing power or income generating power granted to the barangay under the Local Government Code.”

Gueco on the other hand, disclosed that the Local Government Code (LGC) empowers barangays to collect fees and charges in their respective jurisdiction.

Section 152 of the LGC states that barangays may collect fees and charges on recreation which charge admission fees at a reasonable amount, he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 30, 2014.

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