Friday, June 3, 2016

Albay solon pins hope on Robredo to bring more development for Bicol
By Rhaydz B. Barcia

LEGAZPI CITY, June 2 (PNA) -- Re-elected Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando V. Gonzalez (LP) has high hopes that Vice President-elect Leni G. Robredo will will play a vital role in bringing development to the countryside, especially to the Bicol Region.

“As the highest Bicolano official, Leni should lead the Bicol Region in its pursuit for equal allocation of government resources for accelerated development in the region like modern railroad, international airport, South Luzon or Bicol expressway, ports, energy, modern hospitals, IT capacity and infrastructure,” Gonzales said.

He said the Bicolanos are proud that Robredo possesses the needed intelligence, qualifications and the moral fortitude for an effective vice president of the Philippines.

The Albay lawmaker said Robredo is prepared and ready to meet the challenges facing a vice president and other responsibilities that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte may assign to her.

Gonzalez is hoping that the vice president-elect will help expedite the development of the Bicol Region as the first highest Bicolano official elected to the country’s second top position.

“Let us rally behind the new President and Vice President and support them,” he said.

Robredo visited Ligao City, along with outgoing President Benigno C. Aquino, a few days before the May 9 elections to solicit the support of the people and the Liberal Party leaders in the third district of Albay led by Gonzalez.

The third district lawmaker stood up for Robredo until after the polls, including come-backing representative Edcel C. Lagman of the first district of Albay.

As to the Federal form of government being pushed by Duterte, Gonzalez said internal revenue sharing should be reversed and local government shall be given full autonomy, if this form of government is pursued.

He said Federalism is being proposed for legislative approval, especially on the matter of giving local government units' full autonomy and the 60-40 percent internal revenue sharing, which is now 60-percent national and 40-percent LGU in favor of the national government.

The sharing should be reversed in favor of the LGUs, that is, 60 percent for LGU and 40 percent for national government, Gonzales said.

“This can be done by just an amendment by Congress of R.A 7160. In this manner, the LGUs shall immediately get a substantial amount of increases in their IRAs which can be used for their local development and social plans,” he said. (PNA) LAP/FGS/RBB/CBD