Big Muslim NGOs back Sen. Bongbong Marcos’s effort to increase IRA share of LGUs

10 April 2013

Big Muslim non-government organizations (NGOs) based in Mindanao have thrown their support to the proposed measure increasing the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of local governments.

The support was registered by the groups during the public consultation by the Senate Select Oversight Committee on the Local Government Code of 1991, chaired by Marcos, held at Alnor Hotel Convention Center in Cotabato City last April 6, 2013.

The public consultation was held in connection with Senate Bill 2987, which seeks to increase the share of LGUs from 40 percent of the national internal revenue taxes to 50 percent share in all national taxes, among other bills.

Very vocal in their support were the Bangsamoro Institute of Good Governance and the People’s Coalition for ARMM Reform and Transformation, Inc. (People’s CART, Inc., and Alliance of Bangsamoro, and Maguindanao Network of Organizations (MAGNETO), a federation of 23 member organizations based in Maguindanao.

“Napakaganda itong panukala to increase budgetary support, lalong lalaki ang partisipasyon ng nasa baba… in the preparation of the 2014 budget sana may participation ‘yung baba instead of top down,” Romy M. Guialel of People’s CART, Inc. said.

“We have a lot of problems in terms of health, kahirapan…ang increase of IRA ay malaking bagay para sa delivery ng basic services,” Joel Cadelinia of MAGNETO said.

SB No. 2987, filed by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, was not enacted into law under the current 15th Congress but Sen. Marcos has been conducting public consultations on the proposal in anticipation of its re-filing in the forthcoming 16th Congress.