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DBM Regional Director Imelda Laceras said the rate increase for LGUs in the region ranges from 1 to 14 percent depending on the population size recorded in 2010 population survey, but the average increase is pegged at 10.6 percent.
Laceras added that in spending the 2013 IRA, LGUs have to look at the national development agenda and make sure their activities are in line with five priority areas of the Aquino administration: good governance, poverty reduction; sustained economic growth; lasting peace and the rule of law; and environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation. "The LGU should work double time. This is not anymore business unusual. There is some sense of urgency. We have to go out of the box in manner of thinking and approaching problems," Laceras pointed out. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)
To add insult to injury Trumata revealed that DBM regional director Imelda Laceras had even suggested that one way to trim the excess personnel would be to abolish these funded vacant positions altogether.
Should this happen, he warned, "health services would further deteriorate because of the upsurge of patients in all government hospitals which has taxed the manpower capacity of these institutions.
DBM Regional Director Imelda Laceras said that the 55 poor town and cities were identified by the Cabinet's Human Development and Poverty Reduction (HDPR) cluster.
Included in the listing released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) are 22 focus areas in Samar, 15 in Leyte, 12 in Northern Samar, and 6 in Eastern Samar. Director Laceras disclosed that the identified LGUs should be able to identify poverty reduction program and projects that they cannot fund at the local level. The national government should be able to extend a lending hand by way of seeing to it that the priority programs of these pilot LGUs will find their way to the budget of concerned agencies, the lady director said. "The agencies will combine their respective services in poor communities by taking on the prioritized list of projects and programs and incorporating these into their budget proposals for 2013," Laceras added. "The agencies will combine their respective services in poor communities by taking on the prioritized list of projects and programs and incorporating these into their budget proposals for 2013," Laceras added.
Early last week, Budget officials led by DBM Eastern Visayas Regional Director Imelda C. Laceras, Assistant Regional Director Edmund Talle, Senior Budget Management Specialist Aleli Hernandez, Leyte provincial budget officer Gina Hipe, Samar provincial budget officer Maximo D. Sison Jr., introduced and distributed the said manual in different seminars conducted for the same purpose throughout the region.
"It also provides tools on how to determine and to estimate revenue both local and external sources and simplifies the budget process from preparation, authorization, review, to execution and accountability," Director Laceras said to the first batch of Basey barangay officials, who attended the said seminar on March 24-26, 2008 held at Jasmin Beach Resort, Marabut, Samar.
In a blessing ceremony two weeks ago, DBM Regional Director Imelda Laceras was grateful to the present administration of Gov.