A Role that should Rule Essay

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A Role that should Rule (An article concerning the roles of LGU to its constituents through public funds as well as citizens’ roles in having and maintaining a just and honest local government)

A Micro Essay Presented to Prof. Clyde Ben Gacayan
Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
For the Course in Political Science 14

By
Noah Faye Andres
March 4, 2014

A Role that should Rule
(An article concerning the roles of LGU to its constituents through public funds as well as citizens’ roles in having and maintaining a just and honest local government)

The constitution of the Philippines recognizes the importance of
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An academic from the University of the Philippines, Prof. Prospero de Vera, also supports the fund because of “good pork”, or the funding that actually goes to legitimate projects. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda says the same thing, adding that there are limits to funds and the powers given to our Local Government Units and that the Legislative must compensate for these limitations. (Crisologo, 2013 ) Also, pro-pork supporters say that letting go of PDAF would be suicide for many districts.

Showing the two sides of the coin, is it really right to abolish the pork barrel? It is admitted that pork barrel has nothing to do with the corruption that is taking place in the country- it is the ones that abuses PDAF that should shoulder the blame. More than that, transparency of the records, vigilance and constant monitoring are needed. Vice Governor Eugenio “Bong” Lacson stressed that “the intention is good but there is a loophole in its implementation”. The legislators and the LGUs that have the power and the choice should make the right decisions.

However, the Palace insisted that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) does no longer exist and while lawmakers continue to have the power over the purse, they will not have any role in the implementation of the appropriations. The Supreme Court already decided on the PDAF and declared it unconstitutional. (Sabillo, 2014 ) From this, it is

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