DILG to launch another transparency program in LGUs
By Rodrigo S. Victoria
Tacloban City (11 November) -- In order to promote transparency in the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the country, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will launch a program dubbed as "Moving Vigilance to Volunteerism" or the V to V program.
Marivel C. Sacendoncillo, Executive Director of the Local Government Academy (LGA) said that DILG Secretary Jessie M. Robredo has planned to launch the program in LGUs to further strengthen the existing transparency directive implemented by the department.
DILG has already put in place mechanism through the issuance of a memorandum circular requiring LGUs for the online publication of budget, procurement and other government transactions through its own website or in the absence of a website through posting the same in conspicuous places in the locality, Sacendoncillo further said.
Sacendoncillo informed that this transparency program has four major components and that involves the mapping of civil society organizations (CSOs), strengthening the local governing bodies, enhancing volunteer program and promoting local governance guardianship program.
She disclosed that the participation of civil society organizations is relevant for the success of the program since they will serve as "guardian angel" so that LGUs will not commit mistakes.
"These CSOs will greatly help LGUs in the successful implementation of the program nationwide", she added.
The issue on transparency in LGUs came after Father Isagani Petilos, Director of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Action Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Palo raised his concern on the alleged prevailing graft and corrupt practices of some elected officials in the LGUs. (PIA 8) [top]