Roxas assures funds for LGUs loyal to 'Daang Matuwid'

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

MANILA -- Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II assured that the National Government will continue to pour funds to local government units (LGUs) loyal to the "Daang Matuwid," a policy on good governance of the Aquino administration.

“Patuloy tayong nakakatanggap ng report na dumarami na ang mga gobernador, mayor at konsehal na nagpapatupad ng tuwid na daan sa lokal na pamahalaan. Asahan nila na susuklian ng pamahalaan ang katapatan nila sa serbisyo sa pamamagitan ng dagdag na pondo para sa kanilang mga programa,” Roxas said.

Roxas urged LGUs to implement more reforms, advising not to be complacent with the report on the lowering number of cases filed against local officials.

According to the Office of the Ombudsman, a total of 2,014 cases were filed against local government officials in 2013, lower than 2,669 recorded in 2012 and 3,852 in 2011.

Local officials, however, topped the list for the third straight year.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) placed second and third, respectively.

Roxas said the national government would not hesitate to punish local executives who may be found guilty of using their positions to enrich themselves.

“Tinatawagan ko naman ang pansin ng ilang mga lokal na lider na nananatili sa baluktot na daan: hindi magdadalawang-isip ang pamahalaan na gamitin ang lahat ng kapangyarihan nito para usigin ang mga umaabuso sa puwesto,” he added.

Roxas also noted the need for governors and mayors to continue complying with the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, which allows the general public access to relevant information on local budgets, finances, bids and public offerings.

“A total of 72 provinces, 137 cities and 1,323 municipalities nationwide now continuously disclose to their constituents and the general public their annual budget reports, annual procurement plans, statement of debt services, statement of receipts and expenditures, and quarterly statement of cash flow through various media,” he said.

Under the FDP, local chief executives are directed to post the following documents in conspicuous places within public buildings in the locality, or in print media in the community of general circulation and in their websites.

Roxas said the FDP aims to promote honest, transparent, and orderly management of public funds, increase the people's awareness of the available public funds and the allocated amount for development projects in their localities, help minimize, if not totally prevent corruption and misuse of public funds.

“The policy doesn’t only promote transparency and accountability in local governance, but brings back the trust and confidence of the people to our elected public officials,” Roxas said. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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