DILG reminds local execs not to buy luxury cars for their operations
Local officials don’t need luxury vehicles to carry out public service.
Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. has reminded governors, mayors, barangay officials, and council members that they are barred from acquiring or using luxury vehicles for their operations.
In a statement, Abalos said the officials should exercise prudence when buying motor vehicles for public use and should strictly comply with budgetary, procurement and auditing laws, regulations, and standards at all times.
The vehicles they would purchase should be cost-effective, fuel-efficient, environment-friendly, and at par with improvements and developments in the automotive industry and relevant technology, he said.
“Manatili po tayong matipid sa pagpili ng sasakyan lalo na’t hindi pa tayo nakakabangon sa masasamang epekto sa ekonomiya ng pandemya ng COVID-19. Dapat po tayong maging halimbawa sa ating mga nasasakupan sa masinop na paggamit ng pondo ng bayan,” he said.
He said considered luxury vehicles are sedans or hatchbacks with an engine displacement exceeding 2,500 cc, if gasoline-fed, or 3,500 cc if diesel-fed and/or with an engine exceeding four cylinders; passenger vans or pick-up type vehicles with an engine displacement exceeding 2,500 cc, if gasoline-fed, or 3,000 cc if diesel-fed and/or with an engine exceeding four cylinders; and multipurpose vehicles and vans with an engine displacement exceeding 2,500 cc, if gasoline-fed, or 2,800 cc if diesel-fed and/or with an engine exceeding four cylinders.
Sports utility vehicles are considered luxury vehicles when the engine displacement exceeds 2,700 cc, if gasoline-fed, or 3,000 cc if diesel-fed and/or with an engine exceeding four cylinders.
Abalos said the purchase of secondhand or reconditioned vehicles, except for aircraft and seacraft, regardless of the source of funds and approving authority, is likewise not allowed.
The DILG has also issued a memorandum circular encouraging local government units to dedicate a percentage of their vehicular requirements to the purchase of motor vehicles using alternative fuel types such as biofuels, flexi-fuel, natural gas, and solar-power, taking into consideration the sustainability or power supply in the area of operation.
Local officials could acquire specific-purpose vehicles such as ambulances, patrol and armored vehicles, fire trucks, prisoners’ vans; heavy equipment such as road construction equipment, cargo transport equipment, farm machinery, waste management or environmental sanitation equipment,.; locally-assembled, owner or passenger-type jeep; motorized bancas and motorized boats; vehicles for mass transport; and motorcycles and tri-wheel vehicles.
Abalos also said all LGUs planning to buy motor vehicles that are not under the approving authority of the local chief executive must seek prior approval from the Secretary of Budget and Management, the Office of the President, or the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, on specific motor vehicles as may be authorized by designated approving authorities.
LGUs could resort to renting vehicles if it is considered more economical, expedient, and convenient than outright purchase, such as for ad hoc functions like the transportation of participants during events and for urgent or emergency cases, he said.