Lacson defends local government units

Panfilo Lacson
Panfilo Lacson

WITH many local government units (LGUs) failing to construct facilities for child offenders, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson yesterday urged the national government to address the funding of Bahay Pagasa to effectively implement the Juvenile Justice law.

Instead of criticizing the LGUs he defended them for their inability to put up centers for CICL (children-in-conflict-with-law) due to budget restrictions.

“There are provinces that may not be able to build, much less maintain, such facilities. Funding for this is no joke. It may run to tens if not hundreds of millions of pesos,” he said in an interview on DZMM radio.

“It should be the national government that provides the budget for this, instead of the LGU,” he insisted.

Lacson said such funding could be taken up in the bicameral conference committee working on the passage of the P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019.

The bicameral conference committee is due to meet again next week.