Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Full disclosure" for LGUs

Finances find ally in DILG


THE PUBLIC clamor for local governments to show transparency gains an ally in no less that Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.


The innovative local government leader ace lately urged government units to be transparent and accountable by disclosing budgets and expenses in government websites as a way to make the effort successful.

It may be recalled that the country's local authorities groups in the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, League of Cities of the Philippines, and League of Provinces of the Philippines had come up with joint resolutions urging the same call for transparency.

In fact, Robredo's call also extends to all levels of government, despite the LGU's avoidance from the policy even as the people insist on what they want. 

People who have called for transparency and accountability dare local government leaders to a full disclosure of the annual budgets, incomes, expenditures, contracts and payables. 

As LGUs comply with the Government Procurement Reform Act and now posts their annual procurement plans, invitation to bids and bid winners in "conspicuous places within the buildings in the locality, the Internet and newspapers of general circulation", using government websites can make these transactions available to the public. (PIA)

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