Gov. Akbar seeks help of Robredo for IRA-less town PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 January 2011 11:22

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Gov. Jum Akbar has asked the assistance of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Jesse Robredo to help the four towns in this province that do not receive Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) from the national government.

Akbar yesterday said that she presented the problem of the four towns when Robredo visited Basilan last Wednesday along with other top government officials to include Education Secretary Armin Luistro and Philippine National Police Director-General Raul Bacalzo.

The IRA-less municipalities are Akbar, Al-Barka, Hadji Muhtammad and Mohammad Ajul, which were created through legislation by the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Akbar and Mohammad Ajul were formerly part of Tuburan town while Al-Barka and Hadji Muhtammad were formerly part of Tipo-Tipo and Lantawan municipalities, respectively.

Akbar said the four newly-created municipalities had only been relying on subsidy which was lately scrapped.

Robredo did not promise to provide funds to the four towns but said “he will study the situation on how to help the four towns, according to Akbar.

“We cannot also blame them if they could not effectively perform their duties and responsibilities as elected officials since they don't even have funds for mobilization,” Akbar explained.

Meanwhile, Akbar and Capt. Gerald Pensona have discussed peace and order matters in a close-door working lunch meeting at the governor's office.

Pensona is the commanding officer of the Army's 12th Scout Ranger Company based in Kapatagan Grande in this city.

Akbar did not disclose what were discussed except in saying that the meeting had a “special purpose” citing they also tackled the kidnapping of Lario Tam Delos Santos, the owner of Farmland Resort and Font Restaurant.