LGU IRA from supplemental budget known next week, says Sec. Andaya
Tacloban City (October 12) -- Here's good news for the Local Government Units. Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. announced that the Local Government Units will know how much their Internal Revenue Allotment from the Supplemental Budget will be, next week.
The announcement was made during the launching of the Procurement Service PX Commissary at the DBM Regional Office 8 on October 11, 2006.
Secretary Andaya said that because the 2006 Budget was not passed by Congress, the President thru the Department of Budget and Management requested for a Supplemental Budget which will be used for the IRA of the local government units and for the other programs and projects of the Administration.
Secretary Andaya also announced that starting next year, the Internal Revenue Allotment will already be automatically appropriated in accordance with the law of the land. This means that the operations of the local government units will no longer be disrupted even if Congress fails to pass the Budget.
The local government executives who were present during launching, expressed their appreciation and elation with the announcement as this will mean that they will have additional funds for the programs and projects in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Mayor Roque Tiu told the media present that during the term of President Arroyo that the local government units have been receiving their Internal Revenue Allotment on time and without any deductions.
In fact, he said, it is only during the time of President Arroyo that those Internal Revenue Allotment deducted during the previous administrations have been released to the local government units.
The launching of the PX Commissary was attended by Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan, Tacloban City Mayor Alfredo Romualdez, Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu, Tolosa Mayor Hilario Caadan, local government executives, heads of national line agencies in the Region, government employees and members of the local media. (PIA 8) [top]