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LMP pushes for 50-50 sharing of IRA

Tacloban City (February 4) -- The League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) President Ramon Guico, Jr., the mayor of Binalonan, Pangasinan, said that the LMP together with the League of Cities of the Philippines, is pushing for the equal sharing of Internal Revenue Allotment to the Local Government Units and the National government.

Mayor Guico, who is in Tacloban City for the LMP Interconnectivity Caravan for Region 8, informed the local media during the Harampang Ha PIA at Jerry's Grill, that the sharing that is being used currently is 40-60 sharing with the bigger share going to the national government.

Together with Mayor Guico are Ms. Li-ann de Leon, LMP Executive Director and Tanauan, Leyte Mayor Roque A. Tiu who is the LMP National Legal Counsel, and the president of LMP Leyte chapter.

This clamor of the LGUs has been supported by the House of Representatives, Mayor Guico said. However, the problem is no Senator wants to advocate the cause in the Senate.

This is the reason why during the latest National Assembly, Mayor Guico was endorsed by the LMP to run for senator, Mayor Tiu said. Somebody should push for the advocacies of the local government units in the Senate, Mayor Tiu added.

Asked why his battlecry is Gets Ko!, Mayor Guico said that the reason why he is in Tacloban is to attend the LMP Interconnectivity Caravan which aims to strengthen the provincial chapters of the League by informing the mayors about the sustainable projects and programs of LMP regardless of political affiliations.

He said Gets Ko Agad is the acronym for his priority advocacies: Gamot, Edukasyon at Trabaho, Serbisyo (medicines, education, jobs, service). His battlecry is the culmination of al his efforts as President of the LMP for nine consecutive years ? that is to provide prompt and improved services to the people.

Mayor Guico has been credited with the bringing of issues affecting local government units into national focus. Under his leadership, LMP evolved into a research-based, result-oriented organization that champions the cause and development agenda of its member municipalities.

Mayor Guico said that LMP has founded the Mayors Development Center, a first in Philippine Government and even in Asia, which serves as the LMP's training arm for improving municipal governance and leadership among mayors.

One of his initiatives is the Ang Galing Mo Mayor project which promotes innovation and excellence in local governance where the peer to peer method was adopted and encouraged performing mayors to share what they have done. (PIA 8) [top]

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