Bistek shares tips for IRA-dependent LGUs

Former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista called on Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA)-dependent local government units to nurture “competitive advantage” resources to enable local development to thrive.

Bautista, who is aspiring for a senate seat in this year’s elections, was asked on Wednesday by Sara All For You host herself, Mayor Sara Duterte, to share his experiences to LGUs on how to develop local economy.

“Kailangan hanapin mo yung niche mo. Hanapin mo yung competitive advantage mo,” Bautista said.

Bautista noted that it would be helpful for local leaders to identify first the development priorities of the state.

“Tingnan natin sa aspeto kung ano ba yung plano ng national government, nung region, tapos tutok tayo kung ano ba yung advantage ng munisipyo mo. It will take a while but magbabago yung anyo, pati income na rin ng iyong munisipyo,” he said.

The Uniteam’s senatorial bet also stressed the importance of proper planning in ensuring that the LGUs have clear direction in pursuing economic development.

“Planning talaga is very important. Malaki ang role ng NEDA, provincial, city, at municipal planners kasi doon nila dadalhin in the next 10-20 years yung kanilang region, probinsya, munisipyo at city. Hanapin nila kung ano ba ang pwede nilang competitive advantage. Ano ba yung assets nila? Ano ba yung nasa paligid nila?” he said.

Bautista also cited the need for facilities in industries that are booming, citing the establishment of medical stations in tourism areas. He said the presence of medical facilities is as important as building pro-tourism infrastructures like airports and seaports. 

“Sa isang tourist destination, kapag pumunta sa ibang bansa, mahalaga ‘yung medical (facility). At least kampante sila (tourists) dahil alam nila may malapit na ospital, merong efficient na medical service silang pupuntahan,” he said.

The former QC mayor lauded Davao City for its high economic potential.  

Vice-Presidential aspirant Sara Duterte said she was “happy” with Bautista’s local government experience as it will help him perform his duties if elected Senator.

“I am happy na merong big brother ang mga LGUs sa senate thru Senator Herbert Bautista, and I hope lahat ‘yung mga nasabi mo at natutunan mo as mayor of Quezon City ay ma-share mo sa kanila,” Duterte said.