By Cip D.C. Cabrera
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MALACAÑANG Palace, MANILA — Strictly adhering to the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court ruling for the basis of computation of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has allocated P820.27 billion for the National Tax Allotment which includes P28.88 billion of the Local Government Support Funds (LGSF).
The allocation, which is almost P10.91 billion higher than the P17.97 billion appropriated the current year, will be funded from the P962.2 billion that would be given to local government units (LGUs) even as budget and management secretary Amenah Pangandaman emphasized the role of LGUs in achieving inclusive and sustainable economic prosperity for the country.
“With a total allocation of P962.2 billion for LGUs, we aim to strengthen our efforts in capacitating and empowering them to autonomously deliver essential services to their constituents,” the budget chief pointed out.
The total amount represents 18.3 percent of the P5.268 trillion proposed national budget next year.
Pangandaman spelled out during the Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) Senate briefing on the FY 2023 proposed national budget that the LGSF is composed of P13.88 billion for the provision of the Growth Equity Fund (GEF) as financial assistance to the identified poor, disadvantaged and lagging LGUs, P5 billion for the financial assistance to be given to all level LGUs, except for those under BARMM, and P10 billion for the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP).
“The assistance to LGUs is aimed at implementing agriculture-related programs and projects, information and communications technology systems and infrastructure development, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of public spaces, and programs for disaster response, rehabilitation and recovery,” she explained.
“Despite the limited fiscal space, we tried to increase some of the budget allocations for LGUs,” the budget chief added to stress that the economic transformation agenda would not be possible without them.