Cayetano shuns ‘commute challenge’ eyes higher IRA for rural areas

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Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano rejected a proposal for top public officials in Metro Manila on Wednesday to take public transport and encounter crushing traffic.

There was an argument made by the people who made the offer. Loud and clear, we see you. Now is the time for acting and stopping na itong mga challenge, challenge, “he told reporters at the November 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the New Clark City sports complex in Capas, Tarlac.

We can’t ask each other every day about traffic. In agriculture, health and education, we do have to question each other, right? The idea is – there are preparations already in place.

Last week, Presidential Speaker Salvador Panelo acknowledged the activist groups ‘ task of commuting to work. On his 4-hour ride from Marikina to Malacañang, he rode jeepneys and hitchhiked on a motorcycle.

Instead of taking up the commuting issue, Cayetano said that rural areas would receive higher tax shares to deter people from flocking to Metro Manila and add to the already debilitating traffic.

He said a larger Internal Revenue Allocation (IRA) would help rural governments to build better schools and hospitals, and provide people with allowances and birthday gifts such as those provided in urban areas.

The whole country is not fighting for money, but the poorest of the poor are left behind.

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