Barangay officials seek 1-month IRA for COVID-19 response

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 21 2020 10:39 PM

Streets in Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City have barricades set up amid the enhanced community quarantine, taken on April 2, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA - Barangay officials are requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to give them one month's worth of their internal revenue allotment (IRA) as additional funds to be used for their COVID-19 response.

Eden Pineda, the national president of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas, told DZMM on Tuesday that most barangays have already used up their calamity funds.

"As of now, our calamity fund, 'yun talaga 'yung naunang nakuha na. So wala and then most of the barangays now are using the 20 percent barangay development fund," she said.

(As of now, our calamity fund, we have used it up. So we don't have funds anymore and most of the barangays now are using the 20 percent barangay development fund.)

 

They are now appealing to the President to give them additional funds equivalent to a month's worth of their IRA.

"So we are appealing to President Duterte kung puwede na bigyan kami ng additional na 1 month IRA to sustain also our constituents, pagbigay ng mga relief goods, pagbili ng mga necessary materials or gamit para sa mga frontliners," Pineda said.

Pineda said the amount would be between a few hundred thousand to a few million pesos, depending on the barangay's IRA.

"It would depend sa mga IRA, different barangays kasi iba-iba naman ang IRA," she explained.

Pineda said most barangays have ran out of funds because they ere the first ones who gave out aid to their constituents.

She added that some barangay leaders have also started using personal money to help their constituents.

"Siyempre of course mayroon kaming mga personal na ginagastos, and of course 'yung sa city, mayroon din silang ibinibigay," Pineda also said.

(Of course we have used our personal funds, and then the city, they also gave us some funds.)