Posted by akosistella on March 15, 2010
Proper spending of calamity funds
Last week, with hydroelectric power plants in Mindanao reported to be sputtering to a halt, Malacañang declared the island to be under a state of calamity to address power outages running from 3 to 11 hours a day. This would allow local government units in Mindanao to set aside 5 percent of their budgets to do what is necessary to ease the suffering of the people from the debilitating power shortage.
PLACING the entire island of Mindanao under a “state of calamity” allows affected towns, cities and provinces suffering from a severe power shortage to use as much as five percent of their respective budgets to fund emergency measures. This provision, however, amounts to a virtual blank check that unscrupulous politicians can use, not only to help bankroll their own election campaigns, but also to underwrite election fraud.
BIR’s whining and carping
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue has an attitude problem. Last year, as collections were failing to hit target month after month, it was whining about “lost revenues” resulting from measures intended by Congress to help people with low income cope with ever-rising prices of commodities. Now it is again carping about the supposed “losses” resulting from the passage of the expanded senior citizens law.