>> Tuesday, December 24, 2013
“We need to empower less developed local governments to be vibrant in terms of development by giving them substantial share from the meager resources of the national government and allow them to bankroll their priority projects because they actually know what they need in order to allow them to move out from the shackles of poverty,” Binay added.
Aside from increasing their share from IRA for development projects, Binay said increasing the IRA of poor local governments will also translate to better delivery of basic services that will translate to improved productivity of people allowing them therefore to earn income to improve their living condition.
In the case of developed local governments, Binay urged local officials to improve their efficiency in collecting the necessary taxes due the host communities so that they will be able to make their respective barangay, municipality, city or province develop into commercial centers that will help in eradicating poverty in the countryside.
Binay said local governments must learn to establish links with national and international partners to work out agreements that will guarantee influx of technical and financial assistance to the host and neighboring communities to augment the existing resources of the local governments in delivering sufficient services to the people with the mission of improving the living condition of the people.