Press Releases

As face-to-face engagements resume: Salceda asks DBM to update LGU RATA, per diem rates to reflect inflation, boost local tourism

December 25th, 2022

House Ways and Means Chair Joey Sarte Salceda (Albay, 2nd district) is requesting the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to update the rates of the daily travel allowance and the representation and transportation allowance (RATA) of local government officials, to boost domestic tourism as face-to-face engagements resume.

Salceda pointed out that the RATA was last updated in January 2013. 

“From 2013 to 2022, the value of each peso has eroded to 74 centavos. It also no longer makes sense given that LGUs have increased local revenues from 107.98 billion to 256.21 billion last year. That’s a 137% growth rate. Around the same period, national government revenues only grew by 75%. So, they’re actually doing a better job at improving revenue collection.”

“They also have more resources as a result of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling. So, all in all, they are better placed to help the domestic tourism sector.”

“They also deserve the increase given their improved efforts in generating local revenues.”

Given inflation during the period, Salceda says RATA for LGUs should increase by at least 35%.

“The increase should be sourced from LGU revenues, so that it does not affect our limited NG fiscal space. But it should be done.”

On per diems

Salceda is also proposing to review the rates of the per diems allowed for travel of local officials.

Salceda reminded DBM that “EO 77 s. 2019 prescribed the rates of expenses and allowances for travel. The same EO mandates a periodic review every three years based on a survey of lodging costs conducted by the DOT, and other economic indicators prescribed by the Philippine Statistics Authority.”

Depending on the cluster, the maximum Daily Travel Expense for local officials is P1,500 to P1,800. 

“From 2019 to 2022, the value of each peso has eroded to 89 centavos. Proportionately, the DTE should now be adjusted to P1688 to P2026.”

Salceda is hoping that the increase will boost domestic tourism, which suffered “scarring effects” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The increase in rates will help boost our Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions or MICE scene, which suffered structural losses due to the pandemic,” Salceda said.

Other Press Releases
Statement on the pronouncements against the Public Service Act amendments (RA 11659)
Read More
Statement on the February 2024 jobs report
Read More
Statement on the March 2024 inflation figures
Read More
The problem of access to Senior Citizen healthcare is structural, but it should be addressed alongside other issues with Senior Citizen welfare.
Read More