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DILG reminds LGUs not to purchase luxurious vehicles for operations.

Local chief executives (LCEs) were warned on Wednesday by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. that purchasing luxury vehicles for their operations is not permitted.

According to Abalos, purchasing motor vehicles should be done most effectively and economically possible, considering the need for affordable, fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, and up-to-date advancements in the automotive industry and pertinent technology.

Abalos urged province governors, city/municipal mayors, village chairpersons, and council members to take due caution when purchasing motor vehicles and to always adhere strictly to all laws, rules, and standards about budgeting, procurement, and auditing.

“Hindi pa tayo nakakabangon sa masasamang epekto sa ekonomiya ng pandemya ng Covid-19, manatili po tayong matipid sa pagpili ng sasakyan” (coronavirus disease 2019). Let’s choose a car wisely, especially now that we are still feeling the negative economic repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dapat po tayong maging halimbawa sa ating mga nasasakupan sa masinop ang paggamit ng pondo ng bayan. In a statement, Abalos added, “We should set an example for how to handle public dollars responsibly for our constituents.

Cars (sedan or hatchback) with an engine displacement over 2,500 cc if they’re fuel-injected or over 3,500 cc if they’re fuel-injected and/or have more than four cylinders are regarded as luxury vehicles, as are passenger vans or pick-up trucks with an engine displacement over 2,500 cc if they’re fuel-injected or over 3,000 cc if they’re fuel-injected and/or have more than four cylinders.

For sports utility vehicles, those with an engine displacement surpassing 2,700 cc, if powered by gasoline, or 3,000 cc, if powered by diesel, and/or with an engine with more than four cylinders, are categorized as luxury cars.

In addition, Abalos stated that it is not permitted to buy used or rebuilt vehicles, except aircraft and ships, regardless of the source of funding or the sanctioning authority.

Abalos urged LGUs to allocate a portion of their vehicle needs to buy motor vehicles that use alternative fuel types, such as biofuels, flex-fuel, natural gas, and solar-powered, while taking into account the sustainability or power supply in the area of operation in DILG Memorandum Circular (MC) 2022-105.

According to him, subject to stipulations, LCEs are permitted to purchase the following motor vehicles and heavy equipment: locally assembled, owner or passenger-type jeep; mopeds; specific-purpose vehicles like ambulances, patrol, and armored vehicles, fire trucks, prisoners’ vans; heavy equipment like road construction equipment, cargo transport equipment, farm machinery, waste management or environmental sanitation equipment, etc.

Please remember that no motor vehicle intended for purchase may have a brand name. Likewise, under no circumstances shall or could the Department give any post-purchase authority, the official added.

The purchase of assembled vehicles, typically passenger or owner-type jeepneys, is only permitted in areas where brand-new vehicles are not available or, if they are, the cost is prohibitive due to the distance from the closest market source; or where an assembled vehicle is deemed more durable because the design and type of parts used are made suitable for the local road condition/terrain, such as in remote barangays or municipalities. He also added that the purchase of assembled vehicles, usually passenger or owner-type jee

Abalos stated that vehicle assembly is subject to Department of Budget and Management permission and is prohibited from using excess or refurbished engines.

To obtain specific motor vehicles that designated approving authorities may authorize, he said all LGUs with the proposed acquisition of motor vehicles that are not under the approving authority of the local chief executive must seek prior approval from the Secretary of Budget and Management, the Office of the President, or the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government.

According to Abalos, the Department of Budget and Management’s guidelines allow for the use of vehicle rental services when they are deemed more cost-effective, time-efficient, and convenient than outright purchases. Examples include ad hoc functions, participant transportation during events, and urgent or emergencies.

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