PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Robredo asks LGUs’ help in implementing national programs, projectsby Dani Doguiles
KORONADAL CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA) -- Interior and local government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Tuesday asked for support from local government units in the implementation of the national government programs and projects.
Although he was not able to come as guest of honor during the culmination program of the 72nd Foundation Anniversary and 12th Hinugyaw Festival of Koronadal City, Robredo asked Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Affairs and Special Concerns Nariman Ambolodto to read his message to thousands of residents gathered at the South Cotabato Sports Complex for the affair.
“We all hope for genuine peace and development…but the national government cannot do all these alone. As we always say, we need all the support from our counterpart in the grassroots,” he said in his message.
He said provincial, municipal and even the smallest barangays, which described as “the real instruments of change” play major role in carrying out meaningful projects that benefit their respective communities.
With this as guiding principal , he said, the department has made it a goal to strengthen the capabilities of local governments and “would like to give them more freedom and power” because LGUs “know and feel the needs of their constituents.
“It is the local governments that know what programs and projects would benefit their communities,” he continued.
Sec. Robredo also called on LGUs to adhere to the department’s full disclosure policy because along
enormous powers provided to them comes transparency and accountability, which he said is the reason they have directed all government units to post all budget, procurements, bidding processes, and other information that the public would like to access.
He reminded local officials that local governments that comply with the full disclosure policy are rewarded with Seal of Good Housekeeping which is a basis for providing the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) that LGUs can use in roll out local programs and projects.
LGUs may also use the PCF for the preparations against disasters and calamities such as earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and others.
“PCF radically changes the decade-old practice that LGUs that manifest gaps in the delivery of basic services should be given priority assistance,” he said.
Recently, Koronadal LGU received P25 million PCF, which Mayor Peter B. Miguel said will be allocated for the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads.
Robredo also urged local governments to create inter-LGU partnership “where rich LGUs may extend helping hands to poor LGUs.”
“At the same time, neighboring LGUs can also support one another to address common problems.”
He also asked them to encourage participation of the private sector and civic society organizations in local governance not only to review where government funds are allocated but also to increase legitimacy of the local government through dialogs and consensus building.
“May you continue to support our government and strengthen our unity and teamwork as we journey in the matuwid na daan that will bring us to progress and stable Philippines,” he concluded. (PIA-12)