Senator Bongbong Marcos is presently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government.
With his extensive and successful experience in local government leadership, having been Governor of Ilocos Norte for a total of four terms (1983 to 1986, 1998 to 2001, 2001 to 2004 and 2004 to 2007), Marcos now seeks opportunities that would continually help empower LGUs nationwide. He believes that an empowered local government translates to an empowered nation.
Retirement Fund for Barangay Officials
This bill mandates the creation of a Retirement Fund for barangay officials and workers that would allow them a retirement benefit of P50,000 to P100,000 depending on their position.
Recognizing the reality that the Sangguniang Kabataan under the present structure has lost its effectiveness in advancing the democratic ideals of service-oriented youth leadership, Marcos filed this bill to cancel the Sangguniang Kabataan elections of 2013. This bill was signed into law in the same month. The Commission on Elections can now set the date for the SK elections within the period from October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015. This will allow Congress time to reform the youth council.
Larger share of LGUs in the National Wealth
Marcos has also initiated deliberations on various Senate and House Bills that seek the direct remittance to the host local government unit of its forty percent (40%) share of the gross collection derived by the national government from national wealth taxes.
He believes in the Constitutional principle that local government units deserve their “equitable share in the proceeds of the utilization and development of the national wealth within their jurisdiction” and therefore has taken steps to remedy the problem of slow or zero remittance of the economic benefits from mining to local government units.
This bill seeks to establish an inter-agency council for employment generation but specifically calls for the utilization of LGUs in this objective. LGUs are to map out business opportunities in their respective localities, relay these to the inter-agency council, which would in turn advise investors. This way, employment opportunities are brought into the town, city or province, instead of residents having to leave their families to seek employment opportunities in other provinces or abroad.
Champion of autonomy and self-sufficiency of LGUs:
Spearheaded the creation of new provinces and upgrading to cities (numerous bills approved into laws)
Sought to balance greater autonomy of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and the constitutionality of its Organic Act (SBN 2894)
Pushed for creation and adjustment of legislative districts, for better and more effective representation of the People