• Aquino warns 43 ‘delinquent’ LGUs

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    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Tuesday warned 43 “delinquent” local government units (LGU) in provinces devastated by typhoon Yolanda that the funds intended for their rehabilitation will be given to other beneficiaries if they fail to submit the required program of works.

    Aquino issued the warning during his meeting with League of Local Government Units and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at the Manila Hotel on Tuesday.

    “Remember back in school, the teacher says ‘finish or not finish pass your paper’,” the President said in jest. “So, I call on the 43 [LGUs] to complete their program of works [and]go through the process.”

    According to Aquino, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) expected to receive 271 requests from Yolanda-hit areas in Central Visayas. So far, only 228 have submitted the required paperwork.

    The President explained that P600 million will be released to rebuild municipal halls, public markets and civic centers.

    “To those that have already submitted their documents, the DILG commits to release the funds in 10 days after it was filed,” Aquino promised.

    His only problem, he said, are the remaining 43 LGUs “who have the right not to submit the requirement if they don’t like to get the funds.”

    “It’s okay. We can share this to others who need [the money],” Aquino said.

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