Working even as the Senate has yet to resume its session, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, met with former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. on Monday (Jan. 14, 2013) in the latter’s office at the University of Makati.
Marcos discussed with Pimentel on various amendments he plans to introduce to the Local Government Code of 1991, including the requirements for conversion of municipalities into cities.
Pimentel expressed support for the idea of Marcos to anchor the requirements on conversion of a municipality into a city principally on the basis of locally generated income.
Marcos, according to Pimentel, is moving in the right direction as certain provisions of the 22-year code need to be updated to make them more relevant and attuned to the present realities and provide as well an environment that would spur faster development of local governments.
The senator is currently collating relevant information on prevailing income per annum of existing cities to get empirical data as bases for possible amendments to the Local Government Code.
Marcos invited Pimentel, who is the acknowledged “Father of the Local Government Code,” to provide additional inputs in the forthcoming hearings of the Senate Committee on Local Government.
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