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Parañaque City Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Jr. (second from left) is awarded a water-themed painting by Artist Ivan Acuña; the MWSI Special Partnership Award; and a plaque of recognition from Maynilad officials (from left) President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chief Operations Officer Herbert M. Consunji and Chief Finance Officer Randolph T. Estrellado during the 5th Anniversary Celebrations of the Maynilad Water Services Inc. which was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. The Special Partnership Award was given in recognition of the contribution of the Parañaque City Government and Mayor Jun Bernabe for the continued expansion of MWSI water services in the city. (Photo By: Jun Budlat)
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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012

90% of LGUs practice transparency -- Robredo

by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

MANILA, Jan. 19 (PIA) -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said on Thursday that at least 90 percent of the provinces, cities, and municipalities nationwide have become more transparent during the past year.

Robredo said that 1,551 of the 1,713 local government units (LGUs) have complied with the Full Disclosure Policy which requires local governments to post their budget and other financial transactions in websites, newspapers of general circulation, and conspicuous places within their localities.

Based on the DILG’s Accomplishment Report for 2011, Robredo said that this high compliance rating can be attributed to the growing consciousness among LGUs that good governance is synonymous to transparency.

Of the 1,551 compliant LGUs, the report noted, 72 were provinces, 132were cities and 1,347 are municipalities.

Robredo said that even barangays heeded the call for disclosure as 23,584 of the 42,026 barangays nationwide have also posted their important financial reports in conspicuous places.

“Local governments are now embracing the concept of transparency and accountability and have joined the journey towards good local governance,” he said.

The DILG chief also said that in 2011, the Department continued to give high premium on local government performance as a total of 1,325 LGUs were conferred with the Seal of Good Housekeeping for showing strong performance in key local governance areas, complying with the FDP and having no adverse findings from the Commission on Audit.

Of this number, he said, 351 LGUs became recipients of the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) amounting to P7 million for each high performing province, P3 million for city, and P1 million for municipality which they use to hasten their anti-poverty initiatives and lessen their constituents’ vulnerability to disasters.

“The days of mediocrity are over and from here on, strong performance shall be the cornerstone of any support that the government and development partners will provide LGUs,” Robredo said. (DILG/RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

 
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