DILG seeks hike in LGUs’ IRA

Published by rudy Date posted on October 9, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo is pushing for the amendment of the Local Government Code (LGC) to increase the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of local government units to enable them to promptly respond to calamities and support the implementation of development projects.

He noted that LGC should have been amended as early as 1996 since the law provided that a review should be made after five years.

“Since it was enacted in 1991, no review has been made yet. There is really a need to amend the code,” Robredo said in a press conference at the DILG office in Quezon City.

The DILG secretary, however, said the IRA share should be based on the performance of local government officials.

“It’s better to give more budget to the performing officials and their performance will be the basis of performance challenge fund. It would be unfair to have equal share but unequal performance. There must be reasonable incentive,” he said. –Cecille Suerte Felipe The Philippine Star

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