Congress urged to prioritize ‘Bigger Pie, Bigger Slice’ bill

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Monday, March 30, 2015


SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III sought on Monday for bipartisan support for the approval of the bill giving local government units (LGUs) "expanded and bigger" share from the national taxes, following an appeal of town mayors.

On April 14 to 16, the League of Municipalities, representing 1,490 municipal governments, will hold its 2015 General Assembly at the Manila Hotel to ask Congress to prioritize "bigger pie, bigger slice" bill.

The town mayors are expected to make an appeal to President Benigno Aquino III, who has been invited as guest of honor and speaker, to certify the proposal as urgent.

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Under the bill, Pimentel said LGUS would have a larger share of 50 percent from the current 40 percent of the total tax collections that would include both revenues collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs.

Pimentel said the new formula means more funds that are available, more benefits, better services to the people and better quality of life.

"Hating kapatid," said Pimentel of the proposed 50-50 formula between the national government and the LGUs in keeping with the constitutional mandate to give LGUs an equitable share from national wealth.

Pimentel said the proposed measure would contribute in the empowerment of LGUs because the added funds would translate to LGUs' ability to provide more services and offer more opportunities to their constituents.

"All these substantial increases in funding are meant to benefit the LGUs and their constituencies," the senator said, adding it would mean more schools, better health care, more sustainable livelihood projects and more jobs.

The senator said the bill is envisioned to practically double the annual allocations of LGUs, namely the barangays, municipalities, cities, and provinces, from the general appropriations act. (Sunnex)

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