VICE President Jejomar C. Binay barnstormed his home province of Batangas, where he pushed for bigger government aid for farmers affected by El Niño and assured mayors of increased internal revenue allotment (IRA) for local governments under his presidency.
Binay also questioned the administration’s preparedness to tackle the looming loss of jobs of an estimated one million rural workers within the next six months due to El Niño.
He urged the government to draw up more concrete measures to protect workers and industries that will be affected by the climate change.
Binay also vowed to revisit the Local Government Code so that third to fifth class municipalities will get a bigger share of the Internal Revenue Allotment.
In a meeting with 19 Batangas mayors, the Binay emphasized the need to review the distribution of IRA and giving poorer local government units (LGUs) higher shares from taxes collected by the government.
Binay’s father, Diego, hails from the town of Bauan.