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Unsay advantage or disadvantage kung himoong syudad ang Ipil

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:09 pm    Post subject: Unsay advantage or disadvantage kung himoong syudad ang Ipil Reply with quote

Balansehon nato unsay advantag or disadvatage? ('Rolling Eyes')

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Pretend cities

WE are taking the side of the League of Cities of the Philippines in opposing the bill to grant automatic city status to all provincial capitals. We also sympathize with the LCP for wishing that last year´┐Żs conversion of 16 towns into cities had not happened.

House Bill 24, authored by Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Ann Hofer, would amend Republic Act 9009 (the Local Government Code). The bill seeks to exempt the capital towns of provinces from the income requirement for would-be cities.

Under the Local Government Code, a town must have a locally generated income of at least P100 million annually to qualify for cityhood. The town must also have a land area of at least 100 square kilometers or, lacking that, a population of at least 150,000.

Hofer explains that the income requirement unduly restricts the economic, political and socio-cultural development of provinces that have no cities. Cities indeed, because of their large incomes and population, become a magnet for business and economic investments´┐Żlike malls and factories. They also attract national politicians and largesse from a friendly Malaca´┐Żang Palace.

The trouble is that a poor town or capital turned into a neo-city, whatever the reason for its poverty, won´┐Żt ever attract serious outside investors or promoters of advocacies (except communists and politicians campaigning for votes).

Calling a goat a horse won´┐Żt make it one.

Internal Revenue Allotment

The Local Government Code gives all local government units ´┐Żprovinces, cities, towns and even barangays´┐Ża share from national government tax collections. The share is called the Internal Revenue Allotment. The national government has allotted P210 billion for the cities´┐Ż IRA this year.

There were 136 Philippine cities as of the third quarter of 2007. LCP counts only 120 as its members. Last year, 16 towns were raised to city status.

The LCP has petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the Department of Budget and Management from releasing money to the 16 new cities from the P210-billion fund.

Instead of only 120 cities dividing the P210 billion among themselves, 136 cities will now share it. And if the Hofer bill becomes law, 161 cities will end up sharing it. Therefore, the 120 cities of the LCP will be receiving much less than they used to get.

There is even a wickedly perverse side to this. Some towns will earn less from their share of the IRA as a city than its IRA as a town. The LCP, in a presentation to the press last week, showed that if Sorsogon City had remained a town it would have gotten an IRA increase of P41.9 million in 2008, an increase of 15 percent. But as a city it is now only getting an P8 million increase. Similar decline in share from the IRA has happened to many cities because the Palace has reduced their share. As more towns become cities, each city´┐Żs share of the IRA is further reduced.

Imprudence and untruthfulness

The Hofer bill, by promoting unqualified municipalities to cities, would boost the unwholesome vice of imprudence that prevails in much of Philippine officialdom and governance. For town officials are certainly imprudent when they lose tens of millions in their share of their IRAs just to see themselves as mayors, vice-mayors and councilors of overnight cities´┐Żnot mere towns.

The proposed law would promote a capital town to a city by removing the basic income requirement of P100 million. That amount is the minimum a local government unit must have to be able to afford some of the amenities enjoyed by a real city. Not making that much income, a town must accept its limitations. It must not pretend to be what it is not. Otherwise, the officials of that town would be morally untruthful.

Human beings by nature tend toward the truth´┐Żexcept those who have become so bent out of shape, like many of our politicians. People who do not honor the truth, who love duplicity, dissimulation and hypocrisy trample on their own and their fellowmen´┐Żs dignity.

This bill strengthens the atmosphere of untruthfulness in our country. It would add to the people´┐Żs distrust for government institutions and officials. It would increase the number of lies that we Filipinos are forced to swallow. People of a poor town suddenly called a city will know that the new designation is a lie.

It will only deepen the public distrust for government that opinion surveys regularly reveal. As part of its preparation for the ongoing World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, the WEF commissioned a survey of 60 countries including ours. The survey affirmed something Filipinos have always known´┐Żand must contribute to reverse: That most of us think our government officials are dishonest.

Promoting unqualified provincial capitals to the rank of cities without deserving it, will only add to the cynicism of our people.

It is bad enough that we have a proliferation of universities´┐Żshady institutions that do not even have the qualifications colleges in Europe and America must have. These universities have contributed to the severe decline of the quality of our graduates.

Elevating undeserving towns as cities by law will worsen the degradation of Philippine governance. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes [img][/img]
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

whoaaa... is that so...

is Hofer focusing on the province progress or with this LAW that she passed?

are their any progress in Ipil so far? as a provincial

I left Ipil in 2000, I only heard Jollibee was established but that's it. Laughing

Politicians will always have their hidden agenda... reason why Philippines will never progress... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:02 pm    Post subject: Hofer Bill Reply with quote

I commend the effort of Rep. Hofer for initially proposing a bill. However, if it will be brought to Congress, pretty sure criticisms would blow-up. Basing upon the minimum requirement of the Local Government Code on a would-be cities , the town will eventually fall aback on its efforts. I would like to give emphasis on the REQUIREMENT.
If we are going to base the town's records and of the LGC requirement it perfectly didn't match. In terms of local taxation, PD 231, the Code allocates the local taxing powers among different levels of LGUs and each levels were granted a DEFINITE set of taxing powers to exercise, ethier concurrently or exclusively. It connotes that "exemption from local taxes" is a no no since it is the lifeblood of the towns. It certainly violates the rule,isn't it? Everything that a place is engage to business of the government is subject under the government's rules. So, why proposed a bill that merely suggest to its rejection?
Kindly see Chapter 3 of the LGC of 1991 Primer which includes the queries several taxes to be imposed and prohibit.
Since it is inevitable to venture to a higher ground, why not discover and dig first the potentials in developing our own after all it will be the populace shall benefit.
I left Ipil in the year 2004 to take my college here in Manila until I had my job today, I'm still taking an eye of the place but still few improvements were served though it is heartwarming to know that it starts to make it on its own.
I suggest that the local officials would best focus to matters pertaining to social development next in line is that to show to the entire nation that Ipil as part of Mindanao is a safer place to live in.
Good Bless Ipil!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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