LGUs to receive higher IRA for 2013
TACLOBAN CITY—Revenue collection improvement in the middle part of 2010 will give an increased budgetary support in this year’s budget for local government units (LGUs).
Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share for LGUs in Eastern Visayas in 2013 is higher by P1.36 billion compared to 2012, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) 2013 final monthly IRA allotment for LGUs.
DBM records show that for this year, the region will receive P14.632 billion IRA that will be distributed to six provinces, seven cities, 136 municipalities and 4,390 barangays.
Authorized appropriations for provinces in the region include P4.457 billion for provinces; P3.08 billion for cities; and P7.08 billion for municipalities.
In a statement, the DBM said the energetic revenue collection efforts that marked the beginning of the Aquino administration helped generate higher revenues in 2010, which translates to higher budgetary support for LGUs this year.
For this year, the province of Leyte got the highest IRA share among LGUs in the region with P1.143 billion, higher by P107.4 million compared to last year’s P1.251 billion.
Leyte provincial treasurer Gina Hipe said with higher IRA share available for the province, it will have more legroom to boost operational efficiencies and improve the delivery of key goods and services to the public.
This year’s appropriations for Samar province is P912.8 million; Northern Samar, P734.39 million; Eastern Samar, P700.9 million; Southern Leyte, P528.83 million; and Biliran, P329.1 million.
Among the cities in Eastern Visayas, Calbayog will receive P669.15 million; Ormoc, P568.81 million; Tacloban, P423.84 million; Borongan, P389.35 million; Catbalogan, P329.54 million; and Maasin, P290.86 million.
According to DBM, increased allocation of IRA to LGUs was attributed to the increase in internal tax revenues in the country in 2010, which reached P822.6 billion, 9.64% higher than the P750.3 billion recorded the previous year.
Under the Local Government Code, the IRA share of LGUs for a particular year is based on collections posted by the national government three years prior.
The distribution of shares of individual provinces, cities and municipalities shall be made on the basis of population, 50%, land area, 25% and equal sharing, 25%.
From their respective IRA shares, LGUs are expected to fund basic services and facilities pursuant to Section 17 of the Local Government Code of 1991, particularly those which have been devolved by the national government and fund development projects as identified in the LGUs Annual Investment Plan (AIP). (REYAN L. ARINTO)
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