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Local officials oppose IRA for children
  • They urge President Arroyo to veto a provision in the juvenile delinquency bill allocating one percent of their Internal Revenue Allotment for local child protection councils Local government officials have urged President Arroyo to veto a provision in the juvenile delinquency bill allocating one percent of their Internal Revenue Allotment for local child protection councils (LCPGs).The bill has been endorsed to Malacańˇ®§ and is awaiting the President's signature.In a joint resolution, the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (Ulap), League of Cities of the Philippines,League of Governors, and League of Municipalities of the Philippines, said they object to Section 15 of the proposed law regarding the allocation. Bohol Gov.Erico Aumentado, Ulap chairman, said Section 15 is a "rider" that violets local autonomy and decentralization of government. He also said it is not part of the original bill that was certified as urgent by the President. However, he said local officials support the creation of the LCPCs and the development of programs for the youth. The justice and social welfare departments and the National Youth Commission support the President's signing of the bill into law.