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Construction and upgrade of ports transferred to LGUs: DBM

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said on Tuesday that local government units (LGUs) now have the power to build and expand ports throughout the nation.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that the DBM rejected its request for PHP800 million in funding for the building and improvement of at least 36 ports and docks in 2023, prompting the statement’s release.

The DBM asserted that the DOTr’s request was denied, citing Republic Act (RA) 9170 or the Local Government Code of 1991 since the LGUs are responsible for port building and upgrading.

According to Section 17(B) item 8 of the Local Government Code of the Philippines and the Supreme Court’s decision in the Mandanas-Garcia Case, local government units are now responsible for building local ports, according to a news release from the Budget department.

The DBM referred to a specific clause that lists the LGUs’ essential access to facilities and services linked to ports and transportation.

According to RA 9170, LGUs have the responsibility of providing basic services to “infrastructure facilities including traffic signals and road signs and similar facilities; adequate transportation facilities; fish ports; and infrastructure facilities intended primarily to service the needs of the residents of the municipality including, but not limited to fish ports, among others,” the DBM said.

The DBM also mentioned that programs, activities, and projects that have been “assigned and for devolution to the LGUs” are included in the Devolution Transition Plans presented by the DOTr, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

The operation of municipal fish ports in cities or for projects spanning two or more villages, the development of locally sponsored social and tourist ports, and the creation or improvement of access roads leading to airports and seaports are a few examples, according to the DBM.

For the LGUs nationwide in 2023, the DBM has allocated over PHP962.2 billion to strengthen their capacities and enable them to expedite the delivery of their basic services.

18.3% of the estimated PHP5.268 trillion national budget for 2023 is allocated to local government units (LGUs).

Benhur Abalos Jr., the local government secretary, had earlier urged the 430 LGUs that would benefit from the PHP1.25 billion assistance fund to help them carry out delegated duties and services, particularly on initiatives that would be most helpful and responsive to their citizens.


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