MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., recently filed a bill seeking to improve the capability of local barangay units to implement public service program by ensuring their yearly budget allocations.
Under Senate Bill 2190, the lower house of congress will have the sole power to create barangay units, through enactment of a constitutional law according to the Republic Act 7160, or the Local Government Code of 1991, only those barangays created by the law are entitled to Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
The Senate Bill No. 2190 bill actually amends Sections 6 and 385 of the code, which grant not only to Congress, but also to local government units through an ordinance passed by the provincial government or provincial capitol, the power to create Philippines’ smallest administrative division, or have existing ones divided, merged, abolished, or their boundaries substantially altered.
Bongbong Marcos, chair of the Senate local government committee, said barangays created by local government units (LGU) don’t have IRA allotments, similar to automatic appropriation given to barangays created by Congress, since the code categorically supports that their budget should be provided by the LGUs that created them.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said:.
“The dismal reality, however, is that barangays created by the sanggunians are receiving meagerly amounts of annual budgetary allocations from the local government units which created them. This resulted in poor delivery of basic services because of lack or insufficient funds. To remedy this appalling situation, this legislative measure proposes that the creation of the smallest political unit in the country be done solely through acts of Congress and not through ordinances to entitle each of them to automatic IRA share, as provided for under the Local Government Code.”
Marcos said his bill is a remedy to the budgetary woes of the LGU-created barangays because if enacted, they will be entitled to just Internal Revenue Allotment shares being enjoyed by Congress-created barangays.
Section 4 of Marcos’ bill provides that all barangays, including those previously created by the provincial or city councils, will be entitled to IRA shares, which means even the 200 already existing barangays created by LGUs will be automatically funded.
According to Records of the National Statistical Coordinating Board, as of December 31st of last year, there are 42,026 existing barangays all over the Philippine archipelago. While 200 were created by local government units of the given number, the rest were created by law.