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Hatchet Job: Ping, ‘Ibinida’ sa Road Project sa Tarlac

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Image Courtesy: City Planning and Devt Office, Tarlac City Facebook page

Nagkaroon ng “hatchet job” laban kay Senador Panfilo Lacson matapos niyang isiwalat ang pagkakaharang ng Malacañang sa tinatayang P80 bilyong realignment sa 2020 national budget.

Nakarating sa senador ang paglutang ng pekeng impormasyon na ini-sponsor niya ang isang proyektong kalsada sa Tarlac City sa kabila ng patakaran nito na huwag magpatupad ng proyekto gamit ang pork barrel.

“First, I don’t realign appropriations for road projects, much less local roads since it smacks of a pork barrel allocation. Also, the realignments I propose in the national budget are institutional – meaning, they have undergone planning and vetting, and are based on requests from the implementing agencies concerned,” mariing paliwanag ni Lacson.

Ang nabanggit na pahayag ay ginawa ni Lacson bilang pagpapasinungaling sa lumabas na impormasyon na siya ang nag-sponsor sa P25-milyong road concreting project sa Barangay San Rafael, Tarlac City.

Related: Hatchet Job? Lacson Scores ‘Disinformation’ on Tarlac Road Project
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Hatchet Job? Lacson Scores ‘Disinformation’ on Tarlac Road Project

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Image Courtesy: City Planning and Devt Office, Tarlac City Facebook page

Is it a smear job meant to discredit Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson and his anti-pork advocacy?

Lacson was tagged as the “sponsor” of a local item in the P4.1-trillion budget for 2020: a P25-million road concreting project in Barangay San Rafael in Tarlac City.

“First, I don’t realign appropriations for road projects, much less local roads since it smacks of a pork barrel allocation. Also, the realignments I propose in the national budget are institutional – meaning, they have undergone planning and vetting, and are based on requests from the implementing agencies concerned,” Lacson said.

He noted the disinformation appeared to come after Malacañang and the Department of Budget and Management withheld at least P80 billion in congressional realignments made by some lawmakers, at the expense of the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” flagship program.

Related: Hatchet Job: Ping, ‘Ibinida’ sa Road Project sa Tarlac
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Ping: Proseso Para sa Patas na Budget, Simula na sa 2020

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Malakas na ang tsansa na simula sa darating na taon, direkta nang matatanggap ng mga nangangailangang local government unit (LGU) ang pondong kanilang hinihingi para sa kanilang mga proyekto.

Ito ay bunga ng polisiya ng Department of Budget and Management (DBM) na nag-aatas sa mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na kumuha muna ng sertipikasyon sa Regional Development Councils (RDCs) kaugnay sa mga proyektong ipapatupad sa taong 2021.

Ayon kay Senador Panfilo Lacson na nangunguna sa krusada para sa tamang paggamit ng pondo ng pamahalaan, ang hakbang na ito ng DBM ay magwawakas na sa “disconnect” na matagal nang nagpapahirap sa mga lokal na pamahalaan.

“I am thankful to DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado for requiring agencies to obtain certifications from RDCs to make sure projects have local support. This is a step in the right direction that we must follow,” ayon kay Lacson.

Related: Lacson Hopeful 2020 Will Kick Off Budget Reforms to Benefit Poor, Far-Flung Areas: Wala nang Disconnect!
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Lacson Hopeful 2020 Will Kick Off Budget Reforms to Benefit Poor, Far-Flung Areas: Wala nang Disconnect!

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The coming year may finally mark the beginning of the end for the “disconnect” that has shut out far-flung towns and provinces from much-needed funding for their development programs, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.

Lacson said he has high hopes for the Department of Budget and Management’s policy to require agencies to secure certifications from Regional Development Councils for projects to be included in the proposed national budget for 2021.

“For the P4.1-trillion budget for 2020, projects initiated by the Regional Development Councils accounted for only 25 percent of development projects in the National Expenditure Program or the President’s Budget that forms the basis of the budget bill. Yet, local government units, especially those in far-flung areas, are in the best position to know their constituents’ needs and priorities,” said Lacson, an untiring watchdog of the national budget an advocate of local government empowerment.

“I am thankful to DBM Secretary Wendel Avisado for requiring agencies to obtain certifications from RDCs to make sure projects have local support. This is a step in the right direction that we must follow,” he added.

Related: Ping: Proseso Para sa Patas na Budget, Simula na sa 2020
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Interview on DWIZ: Patay Kung Patay vs Pork! | Sept. 28, 2019

In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
‘Patay kung patay!’ Dealing with ‘organized’ moves by pork proponents
– pork proponents’ violation and twisting of the 1987 Constitution
– death threats vs Mayor Benjie Magalong

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📰 Lacson’s budget bill to benefit Baguio, LGUs [SunStar Baguio]

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From SunStar Baguio: Senator Panfilo Lacson assured that Baguio City and all local government units in the country will benefit from the Budget Reform for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) Act he filed in the Senate.

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PingBills | BRAVE Bill ni Ping, Rektahan ang Pagbigay ng Pondo sa LGUs

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Rektang pagkakaloob sa mga lokal na pamahalaan ang pondo para sa kanilang proyektong pampamayanan. Ito ang pangunahing nilalaman ng Senate Bill 23 o ang proposed Budget Reform for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) Act of 2019 na isinulong ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.

Ito ang nakikitang solusyon ng mambabatas upang matapos na ang mistulang pamamalimos ng mga pinuno ng LGU mula sa mga malalayong lalawigan at bayan sa mga tanggapan ng mga senador at kongresista, at maging sa mga sangay ng pamahalaan, para lamang maambunan ng pondo ang kanilang mga proyekto.

Related: PingBills | Lacson’s BRAVE Bill Empowers LGUs to Achieve Inclusive Growth
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PingBills | Lacson’s BRAVE Bill Empowers LGUs to Achieve Inclusive Growth

Local government units will soon get much-needed funding for their key development projects with the proposed Budget Reform for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) Act of 2019 filed by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson.

Senate Bill 23 guarantees an annual Local Development Fund to help LGUs in provinces, cities, towns and barangays implement their three-year Comprehensive Development Plans.

Under the bill, a LDF for financing development projects, activities and programs will be given to:

* Provinces: P500 million to P1 billion per year
* Cities: P100 to P200 million each per year
* Towns/municipalities: P50 to P100 million each per year
* Barangays: P3 to P5 million each per year

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🌐 Lacson tells village dads to properly use gov’t funds [PNA]

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From the PNA: Sen. Lacson said LGUs must be informed about the sources of funds for their local development plans to avoid poor planning in the budget preparation that often leads to lump sums, realignments, insertions and unused appropriations.

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Lacson Readies More Headway vs ‘Pork,’ Warped Budgeting Process

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Drones may again play a major role in helping Sen. Lacson check ‘pork’ projects in the 2019 budget, like in 2018. This year, Lacson is aiming to make greater headway against ‘pork’ and the warped budget process.

After seeing some progress this year, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson is eyeing more headway against “pork” and other flaws in the warped budgeting process that has allowed it to thrive.

Lacson said making sure the budgeting process is followed properly will prevent “pork” by having district representatives in Congress take part in planning at the local level, instead of inserting projects after Malacanang has already submitted its version of the budget – the National Expenditure Program – to Congress.

“It is high time we eliminate the obvious disconnect between the needs and priorities of the countryside local government units and the expenditure program at the national level, due to the absence of consultations,” Lacson said.

“Because of this disconnect, district representatives – instead of attending and participating in the formulation of local development plans within their districts, where they are members of the Local Development Councils – opt to arbitrarily make insertions during the authorization phase, without due regard to the needs and priorities of the LGUs within their districts,” he added.

Related:
Privilege Speech: Living Without Pork (Part II)
On the Senate Caucus Involving the 2019 Budget
Level Up na Krusada ni Ping: Pondohan ang Proyektong Kailangan ng Tao
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