Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has urged his colleagues in the Senate to review the over-two decades old Local Government Code of 1991 to assess whether it is still responsive to the growing needs of local government units (LGUs) and their concomitant populations.
In filing Senate Resolution 642, Sen. Bongbong called on the Senate leadership to instruct the upper chamber’s Committee on Local Government to conduct a comprehensive mandatory review of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
The Senator said one of the goals of his proposal is to determine whether the law, after 23 years, needs to be adjusted to make it attuned to the present changing situation and perceived expanded needs of LGUs.
“Since its enactment, only a number of amendments to the said Code were introduced and approved. But there are still numerous provisions therein that should be amended in order to address the new challenges faced by the local government,” he said.
Section 521 of the code provides: “Congress shall undertake a mandatory review of this Code at least once every five (5) years and as often as it may deem necessary, with the primary objective of providing a more responsive and accountable local government structure.”
The code was reviewed only once when in the 11th Congress (1998-2001), former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., then chairman of the Senate local government committee, conducted regional consultations. He subsequently filed an omnibus bill for more than a hundred amendments to the code.
The committee, now chaired by Sen. Bongbong, has conducted exhaustive deliberations on various legislative proposals which seek to amend some provisions of the Code to make it more relevant and contemporary.
“The review is vital at this time so that we can introduce amendments if necessary to make the Local Government of 1991 responsive to the evolving issues relevant to local administration,” the Senator said.