jesse robredo

Jesse Robredo, Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, noted that the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs) had never increased since 1991. Based on the Local Government Code (LGC), a review has to be made after every five-year term. If followed, the first amendment should have taken place in 1996, then in 2001, 2006, and 2011. This would have helped the LGUs to respond promptly to calamities and support a number of development projects.

 

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

He also cited that such increase must be based on the LGU officials’ performance.

“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.