Bataan solon Seeks release of additional IRA to LGUs

Published September 13, 2018, 4:44 PM

by iManila Developer

By Mar Supnad

Representative-Congressman Joet S. Garcia (photo from MANILA BULLETIN
Representative-Congressman Joet S. Garcia (photo from MANILA BULLETIN

Bataan 2nd District Representative Joet S. Garcia appealed to President Duterte to order the release of additional share of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) to Local Government Units (LGUs) following the recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC).

“The Supreme Court has spoken. The LGUs are entitled to a just share based on national taxes and not on national internal revenue taxes. Let me therefore reiterate my appeal of two years ago to our beloved President Rodrigo Roa Duterte: Please direct the immediate release to the LGUs of their just share based on the Supreme Court decision. LGUs need the funds to enable them to develop and ultimately become self-sustaining and effective contributors to the national economy,” said Rep Garcia in his recent privilege speech.

Garcia credited the additional LGU share from IRA to the late Congressman Enrique “Tet” Garcia, for initiating the petition before the Supreme Court, who Rep Garcia said his “best friend, mentor and father whose untimely demise on June 13, 2016, robbed him of the opportunity to see through the fruition of what may yet be his greatest legacy as a public servant.”