Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has urged the Senate to approve the bills seeking congressional nod for the creation of three barangays already established by provincial councils.
In his omnibus sponsorship speech, Marcos, chair of the Senate local government committee, sought immediate approval of House Bill No. 4551 creating Bgy. Navy in Capas, Tarlac, and House Bill No. 4550 creating Bgy. Ipil and House Bill No. 4549 creating Bgy. Bulanao Norte, both in Tabuk, Kalinga.
Marcos explained that he sought for a legislative act to create the three barangays, which were similarly created by resolutions adopted by their respective Sangguniang Panlalawigan, because of their financial predicament.
“The objective of these bills is…to entitle them for a share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). Presently, these barangays are not entitled to a share in the IRA and have not been receiving any internal revenue allotment as they were creations of local government units pursuant to a mandate under the Local Government Code of 1991,” he explained.
Section 285 of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended, provides: “The financial requirements of barangays created by the local government units after the effectivity of this code shall be the responsibility of the local government unit concerned.”
Bgy. Ipil, for example, created under Provincial Ordinance No. 2002-02, as amended by Provincial Ordinance No. 2003-013, receives an allocation of a measly P100,000 as its annual budget from the provincial government of Kalinga.
“This is far, far lower than, or shall I say grossly incomparable to the Internal Revenue Allotment received in 2012 by its mother Bgy. Bulanao in the amount of P4,577,431.”
He explained that congressional approval of the creation of Bgys. Navy, Ipil, and Bulanao Norte will entitle them to their fair allotment in the IRA.
“This will translate into a much-improved delivery of basic services by these Barangays, thus making them more functional as local government units,” the senator stressed.