Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Legalizing the P21 Billion budget allocation for the Conditional Cash Transfer Program (CCTP)

Indeed, a complete relinquishment of central government powers on
the matter of providing basic facilities and services cannot be implied as the
Local Government Code itself weighs against it. The national government is,
thus, not precluded from taking a direct hand in the formulation and
implementation of national development programs especially where it is
implemented locally in coordination with the LGUs concerned.
Every law has in its favor the presumption of constitutionality, and to
justify its nullification, there must be a clear and unequivocal breach of the
Constitution, not a doubtful and argumentative one.23 Petitioners have failed
to discharge the burden of proving the invalidity of the provisions under the
GAA of 2011. The allocation of a P21 billion budget for an intervention
program formulated by the national government itself but implemented in
partnership with the local government units to achieve the common national
goal development and social progress can by no means be an encroachment
upon the autonomy of local governments.

PIMENTEL V. OCHOA,(July 17, 2012)

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