Federalism stands to immensely benefit more than 1,400 towns and municipalities throughout the country through faster allocation of budgeting requirements for their respective developmental projects.
League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) President and Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson, during the Feb. 17, 2020 edition of Kapihan sa Manila Hotel, laments the current system that places local government units at a disadvantage when requiring program funding that usually comes from national government.
Singson cites as his best achievement in his long years in public service the passage of R.A. 7171 which allocates a bigger percentage of excise taxes to the towns from where the taxes were collected.
Singson also disclosed the ensuing benefits to accrue subscribers to the country’s third telecommunications company – Dito (formerly Mislatel) – which is currently putting up cell sites nationwide.
The LCS Group of Companies is a major investor in Dito.
These cell sites once operational will be open for use by other telcos in order to expand network coverage.
As LMP President, Singson commits to provide free wifi connectivity in all municipalities in the country.
Next month, Singson will lead the LMP general assembly where they will formulate plans for 2020.
Chavit is a key figure in the Singson-Crisologo clans (his father is a Singson, his mother is a Crisologo) that has dominated the Ilocos region for more than six decades.
The 78-year-old Singson, who started his political career as Vigan city councilor in 1963, heads the LCS conglomerate with business interests in automobile dealership and telecommunications.