Maceda pushes for revision of Local Government Code
KANANGA, Leyte – Former Senator Ernesto Maceda is pushing for the revision of Republic Act 9160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.
Maceda said that he was one of the authors of the code, and one-third of it, he was the one who authored it including the provision of cash gifts to barangay officials, taxing power of the barangay and the local governments, and the functions of the local government. The said code was also authored by former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel.
According to him, that the said law is already 21 years thus there is a need to revisit, review and revise the Local Code. In order to further empower the local government units, it is imperative to put additional provisions in order to capacitate the LGUs in performing vital functions and services. He said that being the co-author of the Code, he said that he will push for more benefits for the barangays, “kasi para kay Maceda, Barangay ang Una” he told LGU and barangay officials of Kananga.
He cited that as of the present, government projects have been delayed because the national government are implementing even projects that can be handled by the LGUs. “Kaya mabagal ang implementation kasi pati maliliit na projects national ang gumagawa.
The national government should concentrate on big projects,” Maceda said.
Maceda said that the projects worth P10 Million and below can be implemented by the level of the City or Municipal Mayor, and those P50 Million and below can be implemented by the provincial governments.
Another important thing that should be considered for the revision of the Local Government Code, according to Maceda, is to give more authority, resources and Internal Revenue Allocation (IRA) to the Local Government Units (LGUs).
The former Senator bared his plan to seek for seat in the Senate in 2013 elections.
Maceda said that at the age of 77, he is 11 years younger than Juan Ponce Enrile, who still performed well as a legislator, “ I was inspired by JPE, nawala yung isyu na matanda na kami, nanghihinayang rin ako kasi kaya ko pa namang maglingkod,” he said.
He said that at the young age of 23 he was already elected as councilor of Manila, and then in the years that followed he have served as Ambassador, Senator, Cabinet Member, and in various government positions. (GERARD REYES)
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