DILG Usec expresses dismay on slow compliance of ‘no names of politicians, faces on billboards’
TACLOBAN CITY- DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero has expressed dismay over the slow compliance of some local government units relative to the “no politicians’ names and faces on billboards of government projects” policy.
But he quickly shared his observation that LGUs throughout the country are generally “improving” in their response to this particular policy being pushed by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino himself.
“We continue to call on the local chief executives of the various local government units, be it provincial, municipal, or city to adhere and follow the policy that the government is now implementing as one form of transparency,” Panadero said.
Panadero, who was in Tacloban last Friday as the guest of honor during the PCL’s Local Legislative Award ceremonies, said that they are willing to assist some LGUs who might need some kind of assistance to fully comply with this policy.
“I believe that some LGUs and some politicians are still having a hard time doing it as they have been used to it already,” Panadero said.
It can be noted that the President himself has instructed all government agencies not to use his name or image on government programs and projects prompting the DPWH, particularly, to implement Department Order 37 which supports the now revised DPWH Standard Project Billboard consistent with the order of the President.
Under the DPWH modified format, project billboards should only contain name of project and location, name of contractor, date started contract completion date, contract cost, construction consultant, implementing office (of the DPWH), and source of fund.
Panadero admitted that almost all local chief executives would usually include their names and faces on billboards of government projects for familiarity and identification purposes.
“That’s why the DILG is consistently reminding and calling the attention of local chief executives to overcome this practice and follow the government’s policy for the common good of the people,” Panadero said.
According to him, those who will not show any intention to abide by this policy will be dealt with accordingly by the agency and might face hard consequences. (LEMUEL PAGLIAWAN)
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