DILG: LEADING THE RENAISSANCE OF GOOD LOCAL GOVERNANCE, PEACE AND ORDER IN THE PHILIPPINES State of the DILG Report of Secretary Jesse M. Robredo First Semester, 2011 For the last 12 months, the Department of the Interior and Local Government has been a steady and reliable driving force behind President Benigno S. Aquino III’s strong and determined pursuit to restore good governance in the Philippines -- a kind of governance that observes and adheres to transparency, accountability and responsiveness -- and enhance the peace and order condition throughout the country in order to successfully sustain local economic development and poverty alleviation initiatives that his administration has slowly but surely put in place. As aptly captured in the DILG slogan, “Biyaheng Pinoy: Tapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad’, the DILG led the journey towards good local governance through the following major policies and programs: 1) the full disclosure policy on the budget and finances of local government units and agencies attached to the DILG as an anti-corruption tool; 2) the recognition of high-performing LGUs through the Seal of Good Housekeeping and the Performance Challenge Fund; 3) the Institutionalization of Partnership with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs); and 4) maintenance of peaceful and safe communities to hasten local development topped the major accomplishment of the Department. We in the Department did these not only because the President has called on to us to do what is right; we did these because we also know that doing the right things will help improve the lives of the Filipino people, especially the poor among us. I. We exacted transparency and rewarded good performance from LGUs. The Department exerted enormous effort to make LGUs transparent in their operations and rewarded along the way those that adhered to the tenets of good governance. We made LGUs divulge what the public deserve to know, especially how their resources are utilized, knowing they have the right to such information and that it will lessen chances for corruption as resources will be truly used to where they are supposed to be used. Such initiative not only resulted in a more transparent and information-friendly LGUs, but also stoked the flame of vigilance among the public, CSOs and POs that partnered with us the Department to ensure that the policy is strictly adhered to by the LGUs. Through the Full Disclosure Pol icy , LGUs became more cognizant of the people’s right to information, particularly of their resources, and of the Department’s own resolve to make transparency a living practice among them. From August, 2010 to May, 2011, a total of 1,545 or 90 percent of the 1,713 LGUs nationwide or 71 provinces, 124 cities and 1,350 municipalities have complied with this policy, making the information on the following public, through the web, print media and in conspicuous places in their areas: annual budget; quarterly statement of cash flows; statement of receipts and expenditures; trust/ special education/gender and development funds utilization; 20 percent of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) utilization; statement of debt service; annual procurement list; items to bid; bid results on civil works and goods and services and abstract of bids as calculated 1
We established the Seal of Good Housek eeping (SGH) and the Performance Chal l eng e
Fund (PCF) to give due recognition and award to LGUs that have exhibited excellent performance in internal housekeeping particularly along the four (4) core governance areas of good planning, sound fiscal management through the absence of adverse Commission on Audit (COA) report and compliance to the Department’s full disclosure policy, transparency and accountability and performance monitoring. LGUs which passed the Seal of Good Housekeeping are eligible to access the financial subsidy in the form of national government counterpart to finance local government development projects in line with the...
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