The Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) in various barangays of the city wants to have a share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of their barangays.
“This was one of the dominant concerns raised by the IPMRs during the recently-conducted IPMR Summit,” Councilor Bai Halila Sudagar, chairperson of the City Council Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs said.
Sudagar said the IPMR Summit, held in coordination with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), served as a venue for the IPMRs to discuss issues and concerns for the promotion of their rights.
Barangays generate income from taxes on stores or retailers with fixed business establishments. They also source income from other revenue-raising powers such as in the collection of fees for the use of barangay properties, barangay clearance fees, and fees for cockfights and the operation of public utilities and barangay enterprises among others.
According to the Department of Budget and Management, barangays are entitled to a share of the revenues generated by the local government unit from real property tax, community tax, internal revenue collections and the process of tax on sand, gravel and other quarry sources.
“The IPMRs are appealing for the help and intervention of the local government and I am hoping that my fellow councilors and the other concerned agencies will work together to address this concern,” Sudagar said.
Sudagar said, “Our indigenous brothers and sisters have less in life and by giving them assistance in their daily concerns we can provide them more in law and equalize the seeming imbalance in the spirit of social justice.” Lovely A. Carillo