It was equally dismaying to listen to Cotabato City and Maguindanao Province local officials this week saying they were dismayed at Pnoy not bringing any solution or vision to the water hyacinth or water lily problem that has congested the Rio Grande river in Mindanao which has caused severe flooding in these two areas recently.
In other words, they want Pnoy to be the Remover-in-Chief of these water lilies and they will just follow what he will instruct them.
Why this attitude? From the pronouncements of these local officials, it was obvious the Local Government Code has failed in weaning away the dependency of local officials from what is Imperial Manila.
Their utter helplessness in dealing with their problems and now just waiting for President Aquino to helicopter to them ready-made solutions is pathetic and unbecoming of the vision of what local executives should be under the Local Government Code, one who is resourceful and can find the means to support his own activities with a lessened dependence in the national agencies..
The first sentence of the Declaration of Policy of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code has this to say on the matter :
sec. 2. Declaration of Policy – (a) it is hereby declared the policy of the State that the territorial and political subdivisions of the State shall enjoy genuine and meaningful local autonomy to enable them to attain their fullest development as self-reliant communities and make them more effective partners in the attainment of national goals.
The word “self-reliant” was not placed there by Sen. Pimentel, the father of the Local Government Code, for nothing but to underline the need for local government units not to go to Manila too often to ask for money and anything else needed to run a barangay, city, municipality or province,
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