16 city applicants should meet P100M requirement – Braganza

December 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ALAMINOS CITY – League of Cities of the Philippines Secretary General Hernani Braganza said that this city and the members of the LCP have diligently met the requirements for cityhood..

Braganza, the mayor of this city, deplored the bid for cityhood of 16 towns which skirted the requirement of P100 million annual local tax income that should be earned for two successive years before they qualify for cityhood.

He added that this requirement is on top of the other two qualifications of land area of 100 square kilometres and a population of 150,000 or more.

“We said we worked hard to be qualified as city. But the 16 new cities were approved by the Congress and Senate which we are questioning. For the record, we are not against the conversation of becoming a city,” he stressed.

The bid of the 16 towns caused uproar among the LCP because it would gnaw from their share from the Internal Revenue Allotment from the national government.

Braganza said that a favorable decision of the Supreme Court to the motion for reconsideration of these towns last August would bleed this coastal city by P13 million of lost revenue from IRA every year.

“In the case of Makati (City) almost a hundred of million ang mawawala. Ang Palawan malaki rin mawawala. Kaya uma-angal din sila.”

Dagupan City fears to lose P18 to P20 million a year.

The cityhood bid of these towns was a roller coaster ride for the LCP after the high tribunal favoured their appeal to be snatched later after the 16 towns filed a motion for reconsideration.

After former president Gloria Arroyo signed into law the conversion of the 16 towns in 2007, the Supreme Court nullified the laws that granted their cityhood on December 29, 2009.

Last August 24, the high tribunal issued a “final decision” revoking the cityhood status of the towns. But the adamant mayors of these municipalities filed another motion for reconsideration through lawyer Estelito Mendoza.

“So we are just waiting for the decision. Ang prayer ng LCP ngayon kung pu-puedi ay itung decision is final already. Kasi the first time ang League of Cities granted, itung pagiging ciudad ng labing anim, e the final decision was rendered purportedly na nag-execute na ang decision ma-implement na iyung decision tapos biglang nagbago. M.R, M.R (Motion for Reconsideration) nagkaka-gulo,” he said.

The 16 towns and their respective income are: Batac, Ilocos Norte (P43.9 million); Baybay, Leyte, (P17.1 million); Bayugan, Agusan del Sur (P16.9 million); Bogo, Cebu (P24.9 million); Borongan, Eastern Samar (P15.7 million); Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte (P13.7 million); Carcar, Cebu (P21.6 million); Catbalogan, Samar (P29.9 million); El Salvador, Misamis Oriental (P17.4 million); Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (P9.4 million); Lamitan, Basilan (P7.5 million); Mati, Davao Oriental (P36.7 million); Naga, Cebu (P56 million); Tabuk, Kalinga (P13.5 million); Tandag, Surigao del Sur (P15.1 million), and Tayabas, Quezon (P29.1 million).

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