Local Government

Senator Bongbong Marcos was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government for several years.

Because of his extensive experience as Governor of Ilocos Norte for a total of four terms (1983 to 1986, 1998 to 2001, 2001 to 2004 and 2004 to 2007), Marcos sought to reform the local government units {LGUs] nationwide.  He did this because he firmly believed that an empowered local government translates into an empowered nation.  Towards this end, he filed the following bills :

Retirement Fund for Barangay Officials
Senate Bill No. 12 : Retirement Benefit for Barangay Officials and Workers Act of 2013

This bill created a Retirement Fund for barangay officials and workers and granted them a retirement benefit of PhP 50,000.- to PhP 100,000.- based on their positions.

SK Reform
Senate Bill No. 1186 : Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on October 28, 2013

Since Congress needed time to reform the youth council, Senator Marcos’ bill allowed the COMELEC to hold the SK elections within the period covering October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015.

Larger share of LGUs in the National Wealth
Senator Marcos also initiated deliberations on various Senate and House Bills in order that local government units be given a larger share (40%) of the gross collection derived by the national government from taxes.  This is only fair since realistically speaking, it is the LGUs who do the collecting of taxes in their respective areas.

Senate Bill 1862 : An Act Establishing the Inter-agency Council for the Creation of Jobs

This bill sought to establish an inter-agency council for employment generation.  Under the bill, the LGUs are required to map out business opportunities in their respective localities and relay them to the inter-agency council which, in turn, would advise investors.  This way, there would be a more focused approach to employment opportunities brought into every province, city and municipality.

Champion of autonomy and self-sufficiency of LGUs:

Senator Marcos spearheaded the creation of new provinces as well as the upgrading to municipalities.

He sought to balance the autonomy of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and its Organic Act (SBN 2894).

He adjusted numerous legislative districts in order to obtain effective representation for the people.

He enhanced benefits for senior citizens as well as persons with disabilities (SRNs 953 & 783)