DAGUPAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has passed an ordinance mandating the 31 barangays here to set aside one percent each of their total annual appropriation for use in programs and projects of senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Councilor Jesus Canto, who proposed the measure, noted that although the barangay budgets for senior citizens and PWDs is mandated in the 1986 Constitution, many barangays are not complying with the law.
The Barangay Budget for senior citizens and PWDs is provided for in Article II, Section IX, Declaration of Principles and State Policies; Article XIII, Section 11, Health; and Article XV, Section IV, The Family, said Canto.
He added that the Philippine Plan of Action for Older Persons for 2005 to 2009 provided that the cost of implementing plans, programs and projects intended to address the concerns of senior citizens and the differently-abled shall be at least one percent of the agency’s total annual appropriation.
Such budget is the mandatory share of these groups from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of each barangay.
Section 2 of the ordinance, however, mandates the formation of Barangay Senior Citizens Association and PWD Barangay Association duly accredited by the barangay council for purposes of representation and acquiring legal personality and to recommend programs or projects sought to be funded.
For the release of the allotted budget, a resolution duly passed by the barangay council specifying the purpose, programs or projects of the Barangay Senior Citizens Association and PWD Barangay Association is required.
The funds released by the barangays in compliance with the ordinance are subject to the usual accounting and auditing procedures. (PNA)