Let me begin by thanking the Office of the Vice-President for Public Affairs for having invited me to this forum. This is truly a big boost in my mission as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government to broaden the audience and knowledge base of the discussions about the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, as well as the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which had already been filed in Congress. This is not only to elicit as much as possible all the relevant and noteworthy opinions and views of our Muslim brothers and sisters, who are to form part of the Bangsamoro, and all our other concerned countrymen in Mindanao, but also to educate the Filipino people, on this very important component of our continual quest for peace and unity in our country.
In fact, to show my genuine interest in this proposal, I have deemed it wise to “uproot” our usual conduct of official business in Metro Manila, and bring the Senate hearings close to the hearts and the homes of our Muslim brothers and sisters. So far, we have held hearings in Cotabato City, Marawi City, and in the Municipality of Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi, and further hearings in Jolo, Sulu and Zamboanga City are in the offing.
This is consistent with the Senate’s resolution of support for the implementation of the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, in which we recognized that “partnership and mutual recognition among our peoples are crucial in the process of nation-building”. Indeed, Congress, particularly your Senate, is as much a part of this “partnership”, to assist in making this seemingly elusive quest for permanent peace and stability in Muslim Mindanao finally a reality, through the exercise of its constitutional duties. Read More…
4:22 to 6:09
At 7:27 p.m., the session was resumed.
The President. The session is resumed.
Senator Escudero. Mr. President, may I ask that we recognize Senator Marcos for his interventions.
The President. Senator Marcos is recognized in the period of interpellations.
Senator Marcos. Thank you, Mr. President. Your Honors, good evening. I just would like to go through some of the information that we have getting from the budget proposal of DILG. I am looking, at the Statement of Allotment Obligations and Balances as of June 30, 2014 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and I notice that the obligations incurred are still at a fairly low number, especially,–well, the PS is at 52.5% which would make sense but the MOOE is at 35.9%, this is as of June, and the Capital Outlay is at 35% which brings the total for obligations incurred to 37.8% which seems rather low. Would there be a particular reason why this number is not as close to one-half as the Personal Services obligations incurred.
Senator Escudero. Mr. President, according to the DILG, their utilization rate as of today is at 52%; their projected utilization rate by the end of December will be at 75%.
Senator Marcos. This is the average for the Personal Services, MOOE and the Capital Outlay.
Senator Escudero. That is correct, Mr. President. Read More…
The University of the Philippines and the Senate Committee on Local Government, in partnership with The Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Third World Studies Center, Asian Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the UP Alumni Association present “Piecing a Consensus for Peace: Comparative perspectives on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.”
By Amita Legaspi | GMA News Online
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday night questioned the P12.9 billion allotment for water supply, low-cost housing and other projects to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) which were contained in the errata submitted by the Department of Budget and Management.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate local government committee, said the DILG has no mandate to build housing units, which is given to the National Housing Authority (NHA), or to create water supply, which is the concern of the Local Water Utilities Administration or the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
He said the role of the DILG is simply supervision and not control of provinces, cities and municipalities.
“The DILG chief has no technical expertise in low-cost housing, and even if he has, that is not his mandate. That is the responsibility of the National Housing Authority,” Marcos said. Read More…
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr today termed the nearly 13 billion peso errata allotment for water supply and low cost housing to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as “lump sums” and has asked the Department of Budget and Management why it allowed this to be included in the 2015 National budget.
Sen. Bongbong likewise asked the DILG to explain where it spent the billions of pesos given to it for low cost housing projects in 2014. Under the local government code, the DILG is empowered to supervise local government units, and not build houses or manage low-cost housing projects for informal settlers.
The senator from Ilocos Norte took the floor in questioning the 12.9 billion pesos “errata” allocation which came from seven fund sources under a 270 page errata provision in the proposed national budget. Read More…