Pangan: We hope for a better year

ALL of us hope for a better year in 2018: less disasters and accidents, more businesses and infrastructure, more increases in revenues and a downtrend in prices of basic commodities at least.

The past year saw us easily breezing through its 365 days and while we became stressed out by certain upheavals in the political landscape (read: turncoats are real and increasing), we've managed to bear comfortably the whimsical orders of the nation's chief executive (sigh!)

The Manila Bulletin bannered the optimistic news that it will be a "better year for all Filipinos (hoped) in 2018. It is the year of the earth dog, according to Chinese geomancy and we all know the characteristics of a dog, foremost of which are its loyalty and trustworthiness and is still considered man's best friend after all".

For our part, we bring forth new plans and programs for implementation this new year and hope that we do better this time.

There is always room for improvement, as they say, and each time we strive to exceed the previous year's mark or goal. We may commit the same errors in judgment in 2018 but we expect to avoid them again this new year.

We set benchmarks for higher and superior than last. We rejoice at better results we achieve because we aim higher and fiercer. As in the Olympic standard of faster, higher and stronger, we hope to measure up to the standard and emerge victorious and stronger as ever.

All of these pinings, however, will bear naught if we slide back to old mediocre ways. All these plans and goals will be worthless if we go back to our old sluggish ways. Let us, therefore, resolve to do our best and get rid of the old bad ways.

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In the news is the exhortation of the Department of Finance to local government units (LGUs) to rely more on their local revenues and wean away from the traditional dependence on share of the national revenues known as Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA. It encouraged its Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) to "continue developing innovative programs to strengthen the fiscal autonomy of LGUs which depend mainly on IRA to fund 99 percent of their operations and programs. The local revenues, on the average, account only for less than 1% of the country's gross domestic product or GDP. Now, isn't about time the LGUs learned to depend on their own resourcefulness and enterprise to earn local revenues?
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