Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rosal reminds Legazpi village officials of being part of development process
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 28 (PNA) -- Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal has reminded elected city village officials that they and the people of the barangays are part of the development and progress of the community and urged them to always participate in health, environmental, agricultural activities.

To strengthen this role of these officials, he said, the city government of Legazpi, through its Budget Office, recently conducted a four-day Barangay Budget Preparation Seminar Workshop participated in by the newly elected officials and newly installed treasurers and secretaries of the 70 villages of this city.

Rosal told the PNA in an interview Tuesday that the seminar gave the participants additional knowledge on how to govern squarely and judiciously for the benefit of the constituents at their respective localities.

He said he also urged the local officials to strengthen the livelihood activities at their own localities to give the people in the barangays more opportunities to increase their daily income and uplift their lives.

The city chief executive stressed the need to work hand in hand to achieve good peace in order situation in order to maintain the image of Legazpi City as a peaceful community and a better place to live in.

In a separate interview, Budget Supervising Administrative Officer Jeffrey P. Navarro said he explained to the participants the share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the barangay as, he said, the money of the barangay will depend on the national internal revenue collection.

Navarro said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will deposit the share of every village to a government servicing bank on a quarterly or monthly basis.

The fund, he added, will be used for the development projects, operating expenses and other operating services of the barangay officials.

As a general rule, he said that if the locality has 100 or more inhabitants, the barangay will get a guaranteed P80,000 from the IRA as its share in the 20 percent from the 40 percent allocated to the barangay while the 80-percent balance will be allocated depending on the population and equal sharing.

In the local shares, Navarro said, every barangay will have a share of 50 percent from the 30-percent share of real property tax collected by the city government of Legazpi while the remaining 50 percent will be divided equally to all the component villages.

In business establishments, he pointed out that if not more than P50,000, one percent of the gross sales of receipts in the preceding calendar year will be the share of the barangay.

However, if the share is more than P50,000, the tax shall accrue entirely to the city government.

In quarrying, 40 percent of the 10 percent of fair market value in the locality per cubic meter of ordinary stones, sand, gravel and other quarrying resources will be the share of the barangay where the quarry is extracted, Navarro pointed out. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EPS/CBD/