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Wednesday, 05 September 2007 00:16

Another member of the ecolink@yahoogroups.com, Leila Rispens-Noel, said: "Fire it away, Nat. I can feel your frustration. I agree that our national structure is like a leaking basket. There is no sense in sending money to Imperial Manila and beg money through pork barrels, which are loaded with corruption and patronage. But unless we switch to a Federal system, Mindanaoans will continue handing over their hard-earned money to Manila and wait until they receive crumbs. What will happen if one Baranggay will refuse giving its money to Manila?"

(Editor's Note: This article is taken also from the thread "Structural Retrofit" that some members of the ecolink@yahoogroups.com discussed. )

Nat Duenas replies: The Baranggay and LGU have obligations with the nation in the present system and in a federal system of government. It is the allocation that is unfair and which at the moment only 25% of revenue remains with the LGU. Having a 75%-retention will allow the LGU to independently respond to the community needs at the time of need and can make its own priorities in managing its retained funds. The accountability to the communities is direct. With the other powers of Recall, the Immunity of citizens from persecution when addressing situations of possible graft and corruption, the community involvement in the LGU business is bound to increase. Involvement increases also when all LGU supplies must come from local businesses only and local contractors with maximum local-labor employment shall undertake public works. The LGU officials are mandated to report to the community on their performance since records shall be open to the public scrutiny. Since citizens cannot be persecuted when complaining or questioning implementation of programs, more members of the community will participate in government either as volunteer or "weekend warriors." All SB sessions shall be held open to the public with schools representatives and school children required in attending and witnessing the process.

Leila Rispens-Noel asks, "What will happen to 4th-class and 5th-class municipalities that do not earn enough income through local tax collection?"

Nat Duenas replies: This where the Federal contribution will play a major role and with regional cooperation and coordination, the distribution of business opportunities will be directed to marginal-revenue LGUs. On the regional economic planning, selective crafts or compatible industry shall be channeled by the region to allow the economic growth of marginal LGUs. These marginal LGUs may have priority in Regional and Federal Fund for basic public services. Regional mobile and support-service volunteers from adjoining LGUs can consolidate their "surplus" as a form of aid or assistance on infrastructure development and employment. This will be a "good neighbors" concept or the true "Bayanihan" spirit.

Leila Rispens-Noel asks, "The mango fruit-processing project could be one of the possibilities for the three LGUs to become self-sufficient but first we have to see it up and running. The project proponents are already cracking their heads where to get funds so that the project can finally take off. The spirit is willing but the purse is empty. What is the most-doable system under this imperfect system (autonomy law)?"

Nat Duenas replies: Once laws are promulgated by Baranggay SBs and LGUs through public hearings, the Regional Governor or CEO will enact it into law and a copy of the Regional Law shall be forwarded to the Federal Congress for recording purposes only. Any unconstitutionality of the law shall be brought about by the regional Bar Association and raised to the proper Regional Supreme Court since the Regional Government shall have its separate constitution from the Federal Constitution. This will make our Bangsa-Moro brethren autonomous in promulgating a (federal-region) constitution relevant to their unique cultural practices. Governance shall be based on responsibility to the Regional and Federal Constitution.

Each of the Autonomous Regional government shall be responsible to the constitution of their Region and a higher calling to the nation's Constitution. The Katipunan (national army or armed forces) will have its loyalty to the Federal Constitution only to dissuade juvenile regional states and protect the federation's security from external threats and aggressions. The regional state will only have a regional and LGU police and the local militia consisting of Baranggay Volunteers or Tanod (a volunteer citizen), with the citizens having the rights to arms within the confines of the residences. Home owners shall have the right to self protection and a person shall not be arrested inside his residence but will be given notice to surrender to the nearest police station. The failure to surrender shall result into the loss of all rights and the accused shall be deemed guilty of the crime, as charged. This will prevent the family from anguish and unnecessary loss of honor within the community.

(To be continued .. .)



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