Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. sees the need to upgrade the capability of local government units (LGUs) to help them cope with mounting assignments heaped on them by the national government.
Marcos came up with this conclusion after a series of public consultations he conducted as chair of the Select Oversight Committee on the Local Government Code of 1991.
Among others, the consultations yielded observation from local officials that the LGUs could not keep up with tasks they are required to fulfill because of their lack of, or insufficiency in, technical skills.
“Halimbawa iyung Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). How many LGUs for example have the capability for writing up a CLUP? Most of the people na pinagbibigyan ng trabahong iyan ay wala namang training d’yan sa ganyang klaseng trabaho. So kailangang suportahan natin,” he said.
The senator said that while insufficient funds also hounds the LGUs, technical skill is also wanting so it is necessary to provide skills training to LGU officials and workers to meet the demands of highly technical jobs.
“Ang dami-daming dumadaan na batas sa amin (senador) na pinapasa na nagbibigay ng additional function sa local government pero walang kasamang pondo….there are two things that you have to remember, (una) walang pondo ‘yan, pangawala kadalasan iyung technical requirement. The technical skills, they don’t have it either. So you cannot expect them to do a good job,” Marcos pointed out.
The senator has been trying to look for ways to institutionalize a support system that would stabilize the funding requirements of LGUs.
“Naghahanap kami ng paraan para mabigyan ng suporta ang LGUs na hindi lamang funding kung ‘di pati technical support at tsaka isama sa planning process para meron tayong national policy on different issues na involved ang LGUs sa pag-formulate ng policy. So it is not only in terms of funding but also in terms of involvement and support in highly technical functions that we are giving the LGUs,” Marcos stressed.