Every Filipino family should get VIP
for equal allotment of govít resources across the regions
By Office of the Senate
July 25, 2014
PASAY CITY Ė Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano is pushing for the equitable
distribution of government resources in all regions across the
country, as he cited data that the lionís share of the governmentís
budget for infrastructure is focused in the National Capital Region
"Why are we so Metro
Manila-centric? Bakit ang mundo ng Pilipino ay napapaloob sa Metro
Manila? From 2001 to 2010, some 70 percent of all projects nasa Metro
Manila. Thirty percent or the rest, sa buong Pilipinas," Cayetano
"Every Filipino family
should feel like a VIP. It is high time the government gives the
families in the provinces the support they need."
Cayetano cited that in 2013
alone, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) approved
P184.2 billion worth of 10 major infrastructure projects, eight of
which are located in the National Capital Region (NCR). The two other
projects are the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project worth P24.4 billion
and Mactan Cebu International Airport Expansion at P17.5 billion.
He said many Filipino
families are robbed of opportunities because the biggest chunk of the
national budget pie is allocated to NCR. Under the 2014 General
Appropriations Act (GAA), 13.07 percent of the total P2.265-trillion
national budget will be spent on the capital region.
"Sabi ide-decongest daw ang
Metro Manila dahil masikip na pero dinadagdagan ng skyway at highways
para lumuwag ang mga kalsada sa dami ng sasakyan. Pero sa mga
probinsya at ibang rehiyon, sira-sira ang mga kalsada. Kaya tuloy ang
mga investors at big businesses, pinipili talaga ang NCR compared to
other regions," he said.
"Bakit nga ba nasa Metro
Manila lahat ng pondo? Kasi, ang presidente, nasaan? Nasa Metro
Manila. Nasaan ang Kongreso at Senado? Nasa Metro Manila. Nasaan lahat
ng departamento? Metro Manila. Nasaan ang mga embassy? Metro Manila,"
Cayetano challenged the
government to deliver on its promise of rapid inclusive growth by
exploiting the potential of other regions, and implementing projects
that will benefit each and every Filipino family through employment,
health care services, and accessible infrastructure and public
He said the national
government should partner with local government units (LGUs) and
officials to improve the delivery of services across the country.
Cayetano likewise urged
Filipinos, especially the youth, to use social media to demand from
government leaders the services they need and deserve.