Easter Visayas’ market share to increase in 2013

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

THE Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share for local government units (LGUs) of the region will increase from P12.65 billion this year to P14.68 billion in 2013, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported.

DBM Regional Director Imelda Laceras said the rate increase for LGUs in the region ranges from 1 to 14 percent depending on the population size recorded in 2010 population survey, but the average increase is pegged at 10.6 percent.

Of the P14.68 billion IRA, P7.04 billion is allocated for 136 municipalities, P4.47 billion for six provinces, and P3.16 billion for seven cities.


Among the six provinces, the Leyte provincial, city, and municipal governments will get a big chunk of the regional allocation at P5.02 billion, followed with Samar with P3.2 billion, Eastern Samar with P2.18 billion, Northern Samar with P2.01 billion, Southern Leyte with P1.57 billion, and Biliran with P668.93 million.

Of all the municipalities, Limasawa in Southern Leyte has the lowest 2013 IRA share at P23.27 million. The island town has a population of 5,835 spreading out its 6.98 square kilometers.

The town of Abuyog in Leyte with a population of 57,146 and a land area of 688.25 square kilometers has the highest IRA among municipalities next year at P128.31 million.

A quarter of the IRA is equally shared among LGUs. Another quarter is distributed based on the land area of the LGU, while the other half is allocated based on population.

Laceras added that in spending the 2013 IRA, LGUs have to look at the national development agenda and make sure their activities are in line with five priority areas of the Aquino administration: good governance, poverty reduction; sustained economic growth; lasting peace and the rule of law; and environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

“The LGU should work double time. This is not anymore business unusual. There is some sense of urgency. We have to go out of the box in manner of thinking and approaching problems,” Laceras pointed out. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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